State Bar Board Meets in Austin The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting April 21 in Austin. Highlights appear below. Board chair election. Rehan Alimohammad of Sugar Land was elected chair of the board. He will take office at the June 2017 board meeting and serve as chair until June 2018. Alimohammad will become the first attorney of Asian descent and the first immigration attorney to hold the position. He is a partner in the Texas office of Wong Fleming in charge of immigration and tax law, and he currently serves as a minority director on the State Bar board and a member of its Executive Committee. Alimohammad graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in accounting and received his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center in 2001. Finance and budget. The board approved the State Bar’s 20172018 proposed budget for presentation to the Texas Supreme Court. Executive director search. The board appointed a search committee to recommend qualified candidates for State Bar executive director. The committee agreed to hire a firm to help conduct the search. Indications of interest, inquiries, resumes, and nominations should be emailed to Barbara Mendel Mayden, of Young Mayden, at email@example.com. The current executive director, Michelle Hunter, plans to retire in January 2018. MCLE rules and regulations changes. The board approved proposed changes to Article XII of the State Bar Rules (MCLE rules) and changes to the MCLE regulations. The changes affect law school faculty course credit, legislative attorney course credit, hardship exemptions and extensions, and other administrative matters. The changes to the State Bar Rules have been submitted to the Texas Supreme Court for consideration. Resolutions. The board passed a resolution recognizing Austin attorney and former Judge Joel B. Bennett for his work as the first judge of the Travis County Adult Drug Diversion Court from 1993 to 2012. The resolution honored Bennett for “building a visionary program that achieved national recognition and influence, as well as using his expertise to help other jurisdictions create and effectively operate drug courts.” The board also approved resolutions honoring two longtime bar leaders upon their retirements: State Bar Deputy Executive Director Pat Nester and Tarrant County Bar Association Executive Director Patricia Graham. Employee of the Quarter. Executive Director Michelle Hunter recognized customer service associate Adelita Moralez as State Bar Employee of the Quarter.
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