State Bar Board Meets in McAllen The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors met January 20 in McAllen. Meeting highlights appear below. Candidates approved. The board approved the nominations of Chad Baruch of Dallas and Laura Bellegie Sharp of Austin as candidates for State Bar president-elect. Pursuant to the State Bar Act, any member of the bar meeting certain eligibility requirements may run for president-elect by submitting a petition on or before March 1 signed by at least 5 percent of the State Bar membership. Voting will be open from April 3 to 5 p.m. CST May 2 to all active State Bar members in good standing. The winner will serve as president-elect from June 2017 to June 2018 and as president from June 2018 to June 2019. The board also heard comments from four candidates for 2017-2018 chair of the board: Rehan Alimohammad of Sugar Land, Ann Greenberg of Austin, Gary L. Nickelson of Fort Worth, and Andrew Tolchin of Angleton. Board members will elect the chair during their April meeting. Incubator update. The Texas Opportunity & Justice Incubator (TOJI) program is progressing toward its April 1 launch date. President Frank Stevenson reported that the State Bar has hired a program director, Anne-Marie Rábago from California Western School of Law, launched a website at txoji.com, and secured office space for the program off North Interstate 35 in Austin. TOJI will help members of the State Bar, primarily attorneys licensed up to five years, build their own solo or small-firm practices serving low- and modest-income clients. Finance and budget. The State Bar received an unmodified, or “clean,” opinion for its 2015-2016 fiscal year financial audit. The board approved the 2017-2018 budget for publication in the Texas Bar Journal (see page 166). Attorneys honored. Board members approved resolutions recognizing two local attorneys. McAllen Assistant City Attorney Victor A. Flores was honored for his extensive involvement in public service and educational efforts, including the Texas Young Lawyers Association’s Vote America! project. Dan K. Worthington, a partner in Atlas Hall & Rodriguez, was recognized for his outstanding volunteer service and commitment to the legal community in Hidalgo County and across the state. Employee of the Quarter. State Bar Executive Director Michelle Hunter presented the Employee of the Quarter Award to Communications Project Coordinator Torrie Bethany.
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