2016-2017 State Bar of Texas Section reports are included in the July issue of the Texas Bar Journal to update Texas lawyers on State Bar section activities. The reports do not necessarily reflect the position or official policy of the State Bar of Texas, which is formulated by the State Bar Board of Directors or by the membership through referendum. For more information or to join a section, go to texasbar.com/sections or call (800) 204-2222, ext. 1420. ADMINISTRATIVE AND PUBLIC LAW Susan Henricks, Chair The section saw great success on its two significant projects for the year, the 2016 Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar and the annual Mack Kidd Administrative Law Moot Court Competition. The seminar—co-sponsored by the University of Texas School of Law Continuing Legal Education Department—offered access through a webinar for the first time, which will be made available again this year at a lower cost than regular registration. The seminar will be at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center August 24-25, 2017, in Austin and will offer 14.25 hours of CLE credit, including three hours of ethics. All attendees are invited to a reception following the program on Thursday. Section members are eligible for a $25 discount on registration fees. The moot court competition is designed to introduce Texas law students to the field of administrative law and to provide experience in brief writing and oral argument judged by experienced administrative law practitioners. The winning team came from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, prevailing in the championship round argued before 3rd Court of Appeals justices. Section members receive the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal, which the section financially supported, and a quarterly online newsletter. AFRICAN-AMERICAN LAWYERS Danyahel Norris, Chair The African-American Lawyers Section started the year off at the 2016 Annual Meeting in Fort Worth with a reception for its members. The section served as a sponsor for at least one event of each local African- American bar association in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio, as well as for the National Bar Association’s Wiley A. Branton Symposium that took place in Houston in October 2016. Members of the executive board met with representatives of the National Black Law Students Association chapters from law schools in the Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston areas. The section issued a press release supporting the State Bar’s commitment to diversity. On April 8, 2017, the section held the second annual Texas African American Lawyers Summit at Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law, which allowed attendees to learn about issues surrounding social media and financial considerations of a law firm, as well as political advocacy, all while obtaining five hours of CLE credit, including two hours of ethics. The section saw its membership grow, with an increase of more than 15 percent from last year. ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION Lionel M. Schooler, Chair The section has engaged in much activity this year. The section is in the final stages of creating and publishing the ADR Handbook, a preeminent desktop source of information for ADR professionals and advocates. The section was a sponsor of the Global Pound Conference, which was an Austin event held in January that brought together national and world-renowned mediators to discuss current trends in worldwide dispute resolution. The section’s website and blog, texasadr.org, overseen by Gene Roberts, provided valuable resources to its members throughout the year. The annual All-Day Seminar in January provided seven hours of CLE (and three hours of ethics) on topics of current interest to ADR practitioners. The newest venture this year was “road shows,” whereby the section sponsored gatherings—programs and CLE credit offerings—in San Antonio, El Paso, and Corpus Christi to bring together ADR practitioners from far-flung cities in the state with other section officers. ANIMAL LAW W. Michael Murray, Chair The Animal Law Section held its annual institute on April 7, 2017, at the Texas Law Center in Austin. The three principal topics were prosecuting cruelty to animals, defending dangerous dog cases, and the law dealing with service dogs. The event brought together lawyers, veterinarians, law enforcement officers, and animal control officers. The total attendance exceeded 95 individuals. The event was well received, and the consensus was that all of these groups need to work together to reduce cruelty to animals in Texas. The section held its annual meeting, where new officers and council members were elected and activities for the next year were discussed. ANTITRUST AND BUSINESS LITIGATION Richard D. Milvenan, Chair The section published articles discussing antitrust and business tort developments in the Texas Business Litigation Journal, including one on recent class action decisions in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and its district courts and one on recent noteworthy decisions relating to the use and admission of expert testimony. The 11th Annual Distinguished Counselor Award was presented to leading antitrust lawyer and former section chair Robin P. Hartmann, of Haynes and Boone, for service to the section, excellence in antitrust or business litigation, and high professionalism and ethical standards. At the 2016 Annual Meeting, the section presented The People v. Dewey LeBoeuf: Prosecuting and Defending Individual Responsibility for Corporate Mismanagement, with Elkan Abramowitz, who represented Dewey’s managing partner in that case, and other panelists discussing trying individuals for corporate crimes. This year, the section presented Antitrust Enforcement and Compliance in the Trump Era, with J. Bruce McDonald, of Jones Day, and M. Sean Royall, of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. The section supported initiatives promoting pro bono and lawyer assistance programs and sponsored interns in the Antitrust Section of the Office of the Texas Attorney General. APPELLATE Steven Knowles Hayes, Chair By listening to member survey responses, the section continued to expand the benefits members want most. Free member benefits include: 4.5 hours of online CLE videos; 600-plus online appellate CLE articles; the Appellate Advocate (full of substantive articles and state and federal case updates); dozens of video interviews with former appellate justices and section chairs; and a $25 discount to certain section-sponsored CLE courses, including the Advanced Civil Appellate Practice and Civil Appellate Practice 101 courses planned for September 6-8 in Austin. Additionally, members receive advance notice of section activities, including: Coffees with the Courts of Appeals, which involved seven appellate courts and over 500 attorneys this year; joint functions with local appellate sections (over half a dozen last year); corporate counsel seminars; and diversity committee seminars. Section members also take part in outreach initiatives to the staff attorneys on Texas appellate courts, government lawyers, and law students. The section also provides amicus and appellate pro bono help and monitors and weighs in on pertinent rules changes and legislation. Go to tex-app.org for more information. ASIAN-PACIFIC INTEREST Ann Chao Sheu, Chair The section hosted its 22nd Annual Conference this April in Austin with the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. In addition to CLEs, leadership training, and networking, the section presented the following awards: Best Under 40—Julie Allen, Christine Hoang, and Hao Ni; Affiliate of the Year—Dallas Asian American Bar Association; Pro Bono Attorney—Teresa Messer; Outstanding Mentor—Andrea Tran; Champion of Diversity—Hope Shimabuku; and Justice Wellington Chew—Gina Shishima. The Annual In-House Counsel Reception and Fireside Chat featured Toni Nguyen and Shishima and was moderated by Albert Tan. APIS appreciates its sponsors: Duane Morris; Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz; Haynes and Boone; Norton Rose Fulbright; Thompson & Knight; Carter Scholer; Andrews Kurth Kenyon; AZA LAW; Baker & Hostetler; Foster; Holland & Knight; Husch Blackwell; Jackson Walker; Locke Lord; McGinnis Lochridge & Kilgore; Ni, Wang & Massand; and the Kim Law Firm. APIS would like to thank NAPABA Southwest Regional Governor Daniel Hu and the council members, speakers, volunteers, and State Bar and NAPABA staff who ensured the section’s success. Special thanks to section executive board members Ann Sheu, Punam Kaji, Chi Reece, Emily Lee, Paul Yin, Cat Le, and Albert Lin for their commitment and service. AVIATION LAW Pamela C. Hicks, Chair The Aviation Law Section of the State Bar of Texas exists to provide education and information that equips, encourages, and supports attorneys practicing aviation law in the state. Once again the section had a successful year accomplishing that mission, with robust member participation at the annual meeting and annual early morning breakfast at the Southern Methodist University Air Law Symposium in Dallas. At the breakfast meeting, the section enjoyed an informative presentation by Andrea Palmer of Anderson & Riddle in Fort Worth. The section also awarded a scholarship to a Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law student. A committee was formed to explore the possibility of board certification in aviation law. The section is also pleased that Larry Wansley, the director of security for the Dallas Cowboys and former managing director of corporate security for American Airlines; Michael Dufault, chief counsel to Jet Aviation Americas; and John Chaussee, the director of federal airport security for Southwest Airlines; were panelists at the 2017 Annual Meeting in Dallas. BANKRUPTCY LAW Omar Jesus Alaniz, Chair The Bankruptcy Law Section fulfills its mission of promoting professional education and service to the bar and community through various initiatives. New to the section’s slate of programs is the Law School Pro Bono Clinic. The section hosted the first clinic at the University of Texas School of Law with much success. Students were paired with volunteer attorney mentors and were assigned clients in need of bankruptcy relief. The section’s goal is to implement similar clinics at all Texas law schools. The section’s Starting Out Right seminar for beginning bankruptcy lawyers was a resounding success in McAllen. The section intends to return to the Rio Grande Valley for future programs. San Antonio hosted the section’s other signature event: the Elliott Cup moot court competition, which featured teams for Texas and Mississippi arguing before several attorney and bankruptcy judge volunteers. The section turned its attention to the biennial statewide Bench/Bar Bankruptcy Conference. Eighteen federal judges and speakers from throughout the country presented at the conference on May 31-June 2 in San Antonio. The section also rolled out a redesigned website at the conference. BUSINESS LAW Irene Kosturakis, Chair This 2016-2017 bar year, the Business Law Section’s leadership focused on enhancing the value of membership. First, the section improved its website, texasbusinesslaw.org. Members can now log in using their bar number as a username and a password they set. A wealth of resources can be found on the new site, including weekly Texas Legislative Update reports, which tracked the progress of bills pertinent to business law practice during the session. The website also features the latest issues of the section’s Texas Journal of Business Law. Eventually, all past issues of the journal will be posted. Helpful forms for nonprofit business entities, such as example bylaws, are on the new website as a free resource available to section members. The new website features papers and slide presentations from many past CLEs. Finally, as a benefit of membership, the section provides a discount to the following section-sponsored CLE seminars: The Essentials of Business Law and Advanced Business Law. COLLABORATIVE LAW Julie H. Quaid, Chair The collaborative movement is continuing to grow and is providing the public with the opportunity to resolve disputes peacefully. The section’s two-day civil course included national and international attendees and will be expanding to Florida this year. In March, the two-day family course drew more attendees—including law students—than it has in many years and featured internationally respected keynote speakers. The section has continued to focus on bringing the collaborative process to a broader base of clients and diligently worked to get a civil statute through the Legislature. The successful Houston Pro Bono Project won the Access to Justice Pro Bono Service Award, and the section expanded its pro bono efforts to Dallas, where they are gaining significant strength. The section has continued to educate the public and other lawyers about the collaborative process by educating law students, bar associations, civic groups, and faith leaders. The section’s website is being redesigned to make it easier for its members to stay informed. At the State Bar Annual Meeting, the section was honored to have Linda Solomon, a world renowned collaborative leader, present Sitting With, or Running From, Conflict. COMPUTER AND TECHNOLOGY Shannon L. Warren, Chair As a large section, C&T purposely set objectives for education in 2016-2017. A tentative idea transformed into a quick plan of implementation to provide all bar members short and focused videos about technology-related topics, ranging from practical software applications to cybersecurity to legal ethics in a digital world. On May 9, several council members visited the TexasBarCLE studio and recorded 15-minute sessions that will be available at no charge to bar members. The council attended Legaltech, which featured over 350 speakers, including two C&T council members. Additionally, past chair Craig Ball was interviewed as a thought leader during the event. As a perk of membership, C&T members can access the section’s mobile app, a comprehensive law library at one’s fingertips. With a few clicks, a user has access to current rules and codes with links to cases. Section members also receive complimentary membership in the International Legal Technology Association, which boasts more than 20,000 members with access to star-quality professionals, programming, and publications. Circuits, a newsletter written by members of the section, offers articles on trending technology issues and practical tips for the legal professional. CONSTRUCTION LAW George E. Bowles, Chair The Construction Law Section had an extremely productive year. First, the Texas Board of Legal Specialization held its inaugural exam for board certification in construction law on October 17, 2016. Over 100 people took the exam with 87 ultimately becoming board certified. In December 2016, the Basic Course in Texas Construction Law welcomed more than 180 attendees to Houston. The section held its 30th Annual Construction Law Conference on March 2-3 in San Antonio and had a record number of over 800 attendees. The annual conference once again offered about 14 hours of CLE, including 3.5 hours of ethics. The section continues its strong support of university scholarships and charitable causes, including contributions to the Texas Access to Justice Foundation and Folds of Honor, an organization dedicated to providing educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service members. The section continues to grow in membership and is proud to offer opportunities to those members who want to become more involved. CONSUMER AND COMMERCIAL LAW Jessica Lesser, Chair Continuing its tradition of offering high-quality CLE, the section hosted two programs: a half-day event at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting in June and the Advanced Consumer and Commercial Law Course in September. Speakers Manuel H. New-burger and Jerry Jarzombek received section awards for CLE excellence. The 13th Annual Advanced Consumer & Commercial Law CLE will be held September 14-15, 2017, in Austin. The section will host a networking event during the CLE. The section continued its support of legal services by co-sponsoring a table at the annual benefit dinner for the Texas Access to Justice Commission and Texas Law Help. In cooperation with the University of Houston Law Center, the section publishes the Journal of Consumer & Commercial Law under its editor, Professor Emeritus Richard Alderman. The journal continues its tradition of publishing materials current and relevant to law practice. To provide opportunities in consumer and commercial law, the section continued to promote the Craig Jordan Consumer Protection Writing Competition. The winning article’s author receives a $4,000 cash award. Finally, the section continues to operate its email list allowing discussion among section members. For more information about the section, go to www.txconsumerlawyers.org. CORPORATE COUNSEL Aaron G. Carlson, Chair The Corporate Counsel Section has been fulfilling its mission to develop programs and to provide resources and information designed to give in-house counsel the tools and skills they need to meet the demands of an in-house practice or a law firm practice supporting in-house counsel. In service of this mission, the section delivered high quality CLE, including the 15th Annual TexasBarCLE Advanced In House Counsel Course co-sponsored with the Business Law Section, the 39th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute held in conjunction with UT Law CLE, and its Annual Meeting CLE program. Additional resources and information were provided to members through the section’s publications—the Corporate Counsel Review, the Corporate Counsel Newsletter, and Newsstand, an email service from Lexology. Finally, membership programs included various regional meetings, CLE, and networking opportunities. The section has a proud history of supporting pro bono, and since 1997, it has contributed more than $585,000 to deserving and qualified organizations. The section makes these contributions not only because the support of pro bono is important to members, but also because the demands of in-house practice can make it difficult to support pro bono in more traditional ways. CRIMINAL JUSTICE Christy Jack, Chair The Criminal Justice Section hit the ground sprinting and never stopped. The section revamped its website, published quarterly newsletters, instituted new programs, and gave away a record number of scholarships. The mission of the section is to promote excellence in the practice of law by embracing ethics, professionalism, education, training, and fellowship. The section furthered that mission by developing new initiatives that hopefully will continue to grow and strengthen its 3,100-plus membership. This year the council focused on giving criminal law practitioners a leg up, which is why the section started offering free membership for new attorneys in their first two years of practice. The section also started a traveling CLE program, dubbed CLE House Calls, to offer a convenient alternative for criminal law practitioners who have a difficult time attending CLE outside their region. The first CLE House Call was in El Paso, and it was a great success. Perhaps nothing was more rewarding, however, than offering a record $30,000 in scholarships to members so they could attend a criminal justice conference in San Antonio, Houston, Austin, or Fort Worth. ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORTS LAW Amy E. Mitchell, Chair During the 2016-2017 bar year, the Texas Entertainment and Sports Law Section, or TESLAW, continued its signature events and activities: an entertaining series of ethics panels during the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting in June, the two-day Entertainment Law Institute in November, a networking mixer during South by Southwest in March, the quarterly e-newsletter with practice documents and case notes affectionately called TESLAW Tidbits, and the fall and spring issues of the celebrated Texas Entertainment & Sports Law Journal. In addition, TESLAW recently refreshed its website, teslaw.org, which features access to its publications, an events calendar, photo galleries from section events, and searchable attorney profiles. This summer, TESLAW plans to add an online store for its line of original merchandise, including the “Rock Star Attorney” and “Because everyone is working on a screenplay” T-shirts. TESLAW’s CLE programs continue to impress with leading legal talent and celebrity speakers such as recent panelists Luke Wade, a finalist from The Voice; Brad Sham, the “voice of the Dallas Cowboys”; and actress Elaine Hendrix, of The Parent Trap and Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. TESLAW welcomes attorneys with an interest in entertainment or sports, whether or not they actively practice law in those areas. ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATURAL RESOURCES LAW Arnoldo Medina, Chair The Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section, or ENRLS, had a robust calendar connecting existing and future bar members through legal education conferences, practice-related publications, law school programs, academic scholarships, and practice-based summer internships. ENRLS sponsored its 28th Annual Texas Environmental Superconference in August 2016—another excellent gathering in Austin that offered broad-based expert panels and topics for the more than 500 attendees. In February 2017, ENRLS co-sponsored the essential Changing Face of Water Rights Conference in San Antonio, with a great slate of presenters. ENRLS engaged Texas law schools and future attorneys by coordinating practitioner panels at a number of schools to connect with law students and awarding 11 academic scholarships in memory of Buck J. Wynne to each student earning the highest grade in environmental law survey courses at each school. ENRLS also awarded seven summer environmental internships at key Texas agencies and district attorney offices. In 2017, thanks to significant efforts from ENRLS attorneys, the section published an important update of the go-to reference, Texas Environmental Law, from the Thomson Reuters Texas Practice Series, and also published Volume 46 issues of the Texas Environmental Law Journal, providing timely scholarly articles. FAMILY LAW Kathryn Murphy, Chair The Family Law Section had another active year, which included innovative and successful CLE programs and new publications to benefit its members. Section members continued to enjoy the Family Lawyer’s Toolkit and the Family Law Section Report, a quarterly publication consisting of legal articles and caselaw summaries. The 2016 Advanced Family Law Seminar was a huge success. Awards were presented at the seminar to attorneys who have made a significant contribution to the practice of family law. The recipients of those awards were Gary Nickelson, who received the Hall of Legends Award; Susan Fisher, who received the Ken Fuller Pro Bono Award; Ken Raggio and Hon. Emily Miskel, who received the Joseph W. McKnight Best Family Law CLE Article Award; Warren Cole, who received the Gene Cavin Award; and Jennifer Tull, who received the Gay G. Cox Collaborative Law Award. Additionally, the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists awarded its prestigious Sam Emison Award to Diana S. Friedman. A beautiful memorial was also presented in honor of Jimmy Stewart. The Pro Bono Committee continues to host seminars across the state, as well as webinars, to provide access to justice for indigent Texans. GENERAL PRACTICE, SOLO, AND SMALL FIRM Greg Gossett, Chair The General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm Section maintains an active presence in the State Bar by serving the needs of a majority of law practitioners in Texas. The section provides its members with the General Practice Digest, an up-to-date online analysis prepared by Baylor Law School professors of current caselaw. The section participates in sponsoring the General Practice Institute at Baylor each spring and presents a seminar on general topics at the State Bar Annual Meeting. The section is currently working to revise its booklet on Small Law Firm Development Tips. The section continues to monitor changes proposed by both the State Bar and the Texas Supreme Court, which might impact the practice of law. The section is working to assist in the final adoption of two resolutions approved by the State Bar Board of Directors, which address the retention of client files and the sale of law practices upon the termination, retirement, or death of an attorney—important issues for practicing lawyers. GOVERNMENT LAW Scott Anthony Durfee, Chair This was an auspicious bar year for the Government Law Section. In addition to planning and sponsoring July’s annual Advanced Government Law Seminar and Government Law Boot Camp in Austin and selecting the recipients of the 2017 Government Lawyer of the Year and Rising Advocate in Government Law awards, the section has provided new value for its members. The section initiated a series of road shows to provide free live government law CLE programs to members in often-overlooked regions of the state. Partnering with the Texas Young Lawyers Association, the section provided CLE in El Paso in December and in McAllen in February. Future road shows are in the works for Amarillo and Corpus Christi, the latter co-sponsored with the Appellate Law Section. Section members now receive regular monthly e-blasts with useful and timely articles, upcoming CLEs, and seasoned government lawyer Ryan Henry’s case summaries. The section’s website, txgovernmentlaw.org, is being redesigned to provide members free access to a library of government law CLE articles, monthly newsletters, and an archive of the section e-blasts. The section looks forward to continued growth and development. HEALTH LAW Donna S. Clark, Chair In October, the Health Law Section co-sponsored its annual Texas Health Law Conference in Austin with the Texas Hospital Association. The three-day event attracted more than 240 participants. In connection with the conference, the section provided scholarships to 13 law students from Texas law schools who expressed an interest in health law, enabling the recipients to attend the conference for free and network with practicing health lawyers. The section continues to provide an educational program at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting and also delivers to its members a weekly summary of proposed and adopted rules in the Texas Register affecting the practice of health law. This year, the section presented the Distinguished Service Award recognizing lifelong achievements and outstanding service and leadership in health law to Donald P. “Rocky” Wilcox, vice president and general counsel of the Texas Medical Association, and Charles Bailey, former general counsel of the Texas Hospital Association. HISPANIC ISSUES Arturo M. Aviles, Chair The Hispanic Issues Section has continued to grow and take part in important conversations affecting its community through the hard work of its officers, council members, and friends. The section has hosted networking mixers and strengthened relationships with local Hispanic bar associations across the state—a mixer this summer with Hispanic bar associations in Dallas and Fort Worth at a Texas Rangers game was a great success. A CLE in April focused on educating members on recent legal developments and informing them about the legislative process. In the section’s continued effort to champion the Hispanic community, it also has made great strides in its service project on fighting notario fraud in Texas. The section established a coalition with nonprofits, private attorneys, governmental agencies, and others in Houston to create informational materials for immigrant communities and to develop an attorney toolkit and training to enable private attorneys to represent and assist victims of predatory notario fraud. Go to the redesigned website at tx-his.com to learn more and to join the section. IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY LAW Ruth Lozano McChesney, Chair The section supported pro bono efforts through grants to 13 nonprofits providing legal services and support to immigrants across Texas. More recipients will be announced in June. The section was proud to receive the State Bar of Texas’ Pro Bono Challenge Highest Percentile Participation Award. The section increased educational opportunities via email blasts and by working with other sections and the State Bar. The section sponsored the bar’s Advanced Immigration Law and Immigration Law 101 CLEs with promotion and funding and collaborated with the International Law Section’s 29th Annual International Law Institute, where council member Raed Gonzalez represented the section as a panelist on Immigration Consequences of Domestic and International Criminal Activity. News was distributed through the section’s newsletter and email list and the following topics were covered as well: the expected impact under a new administration on employment-based immigration, worksite compliance efforts, E-Verify, travel bans, and expansion of detention and removal efforts. At the State Bar Annual Meeting in Dallas, the section sponsored a three-hour CLE on ethics, “crimmigration,” and employment-based immigration. The annual meeting included updates from the LRINC. INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES Matthew J. Kolodoski, Chair The Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section had a busy year and experienced a marked increase in event participation. The section continued its ongoing efforts to educate and promote discussion regarding civil rights and liberties and constitutional law issues. For example, the section continued its support of the Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights and hosted, along with the LGBT Law Section, the 11th Annual Bill of Rights Course: Litigating the Constitution, which brought together civil rights and constitutional law practitioners from across the United States. Highlights of this year’s course included presentations on the concept of privacy in a digital age, cyberbullying, and private prison litigation. The section presented the Patrick Wiseman Award to Meijken Westenskow in recognition of her distinguished civil rights work. Finally, the section co-sponsored a half-day CLE at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting and hosted several happy hours throughout the year to facilitate networking among members and other organizations. The future of civil rights, constitutional law, and social justice legal issues looks strong, and the section looks forward to continued success. INSURANCE LAW L. Kimberly Steele, Chair The Insurance Law Section is a diverse section with much to offer its members. In addition to the Journal of Texas Insurance Law, the section issues weekly Right Off The Press email blasts that provide summaries and links to the most recent Texas state and federal decisions that touch upon insurance-related issues. Additionally, the section has worked extremely hard over the past several years to improve its website, insurance lawsection.org, making it more user-friendly. The home page of the website features a calendar of upcoming events; links to biographical information about the section’s members; additional case links and summaries; informative articles; section-related news; a listing of upcoming webinars, podcasts, and CLEs; and prior issues of the journal. Section members also have access to additional archived materials, including legal education course materials, that the general population does not. Finally, the section recently presented its 14th Annual Advanced Insurance Law Course at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio, which repeated the success of the past few years. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW Hope C. Shimabuku, Chair The Intellectual Property Law Section had a remarkable year focused on pro bono, entrepreneurs, and startups. The section held its first Pro Bono Tour, where members, in collaboration with the Texas Regional Office of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, held very successful educational seminars and provided pro bono advice to over 300 stakeholders in Corpus Christi, Brownsville, and McAllen. The section also held a CLE workshop called IP Issues with Technology Startups. The Advanced Intellectual Property Course featured the Women in IP Law Breakfast session on Crisis Management and Emergency Response, which discussed how organizations should manage and respond to compromised security systems. The section held other programs throughout the year, including the Advanced Patent Litigation Course and Patent Committee meetings discussing various substantive legal issues. The section newsletter was also rebranded and got a new look. The Trade Secret Committee worked on proposed amendments to the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act. The section presented its first annual Trademark Award recognizing lawyers and businesses for their brand-related projects and accomplishments at the State Bar Annual Meeting. Kudos to the section for its successful year. INTERNATIONAL LAW Yuliya D. Marcer, Chair This year, the section focused on expanding its programming and relationships to better serve membership. The section partnered with Dallas, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio bar associations, Houston’s Office of Trade and International Affairs, Consular Corps of Houston, Greater Houston Partnership, and others to expand its network and assist Texas lawyers with marketing to global clients. The 29th Annual International Law Institute presented panels discussing doing business in countries in crisis, global risks, international dispute resolution, immigration law, free trade agreements, and human rights. The section hosted Nuts & Bolts, CLEs, and student outreach programs in Houston, Austin, the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and Lubbock. The International Human Rights Committee continued its work promoting awareness of human rights issues and educating firms, lawyers, and law students on the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the UK Modern Slavery Act, and related matters. During this year’s Panama trip, members toured the Panama Canal and ports and networked with Panamanian colleagues and government representatives. Following the 2016 Cuba visit, the section worked with the Baker Institute for Public Policy to host academics, lawyers, and economists for a Rice University program titled U.S.-Cuba Relations Beyond 2016: Trade, Investment and Political Outlook. JUDICIAL Hon. Kerry L. Russell, Chair The 2017 legislative session kept the Judicial Section busy this year. The Legislative Committee and its chair, Hon. Alfonso Charles, monitored over 8,000 bills and appeared and testified on a number of them. The four legislative subcommittees: Civil Justice, chaired by Justice Brett Busby; Criminal Justice, chaired by Judge Jean Hughes; Juvenile Law, chaired by Judge Gene Calvert; and Family Law, chaired by Judge Tim Womack; assisted with the monitoring. The section worked hard to implement the Judicial Compensation Commission’s recommendation for a pay increase to the judiciary, which would be the first since 2013. The section supports the Judicial Compensation Commission’s recommendation of 10.2 percent. Judicial Section Chair-elect Judge Jennifer Rymell chaired the Communications Task Force, working on a multi-year effort to upgrade the section’s website. Ethics Committee Chair Justice Lee Gabriel assisted with the updating of the Ethics Opinions portion of the new website by making it searchable and more user-friendly. JUSTICE OF THE PEACE COURTS Howard M. Bookstaff, Chair Several board members have been instrumental in providing educational opportunities for the attorneys and justices of the peace members of the section. During the past year, the section had a CLE luncheon presentation on the Renewal and Revival of Judgments and added material to its website. The section also gave a CLE presentation at Annual Meeting on June 22, 2017, followed by a social event that evening. The purpose of the section is to: (1) further the administration of justice in the justice courts, (2) provide a forum for the exchange of information on matters of practice and procedure in justice courts, (3) provide information and educational opportunities for the membership, and (4) cooperate closely with the State Bar of Texas and other professional organizations in developing, supporting, and promoting legal and professional activities affecting justice of the peace courts. In addition to licensed attorneys in good standing with the State Bar, membership in the section is now open to all current and former Texas justices of the peace. Justices of the peace who are not licensed attorneys can become associate members of the section. JUVENILE LAW Riley N. Shaw, Chair The Juvenile Law Section updated its website, added and updated forms for the use of juvenile law practitioners, and sponsored the annual Juvenile Law Conference, which was held in the scenic Texas Hill Country at the Horseshoe Bay Resort on Lake LBJ. Roughly 400 people attended, and the course curriculum and speakers were fantastic. The section watched as the Texas Legislature worked on a number of juvenile justice issues, including juvenile records, records sealing, information sharing between entities having contact with children in the juvenile system, sex offender registration, regionalization, and local and state funding for juvenile services and supervision. The section welcomed its new chair, Kameron Johnson, in June. LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW Dan C. Dargene, Chair The Labor and Employment Law Section differs from other sections in that the majority of its members practice exclusively on one side of the docket. Because attorneys who exclusively represent employees with claims against their employers tend to see the law differently than attorneys who exclusively represent employers in complaints brought by their employees, the section typically does not, and did not this year, propose legislation or take a position on proposed legislation. Additionally, to try to address the differences of opinion within the membership, the section’s governing council is made up of an equal number of plaintiff’s attorneys and defense attorneys, as are all council committees. The chair alternates between the two sides of the docket. This year, through its governing council, the section funded several pro bono projects and provided various benefits to the diverse membership, including a regular newsletter edited by Richard R. Carlson, a professor at South Texas College of Law Houston; reasonably priced, high-quality CLE opportunities; and the section’s website, through which members can access, among other things, jury charges given in trials across the state. LAW STUDENT DIVISION Cherika Edwards, Chair The Law Student Division had another outstanding year. Texas A&M University School of Law continued its support by renewing and purchasing memberships for its entire student body. This year, many students took advantage of being able to join the division online. For a $15 annual membership fee, law students receive all the great benefits that are available to licensed attorneys, including a monthly subscription to the Texas Bar Journal and TYLA eNews. Each student receives a student bar card, a free T-shirt, and free registration to TexasBarCLE live and video replay seminars and complimentary written materials. Student representatives at each of the American Bar Association-accredited law schools continued to host informational programs for their respective schools, contributing to the success of the division. The Law Student Division also offers two scholarships for members each year. LEGISLATIVE AND CAMPAIGN LAW Donna García Davidson, Chair The Legislative and Campaign Law Section’s successes were numerous in this third year after having settled into a rhythm of conducting a continuing legal education event each December. The well-attended seminar covered legislative drafting and Texas legislative parliamentary procedure, as well as an insider’s look at the 85th legislative session, and featured presentations from the Texas Legislative Counsel, the Office of the Governor of Texas, the Texas Legislative Reference Library, and others knowledgeable in the legislative arena. The section now issues several online newsletters throughout the year featuring analyses of recent court decisions involving elections, redistricting, and campaign finance, in addition to updates on Texas Ethics Commission meetings, rulemakings, and opinions of interest to members. Moreover, the section has started the process to create a Texas Board of Legal Specialization certification in this practice area. The section is also updating its website to maintain all CLE course materials and the electronic newsletters in a location convenient to all members. Finally, in conjunction with the 2017 State Bar Annual Meeting, the section sponsored a two-hour CLE. LGBT LAW Gary N. Schumann, Chair The 2016-2017 bar year was another busy time for the LGBT Law Section, which worked closely with the State Bar to produce a full-day live CLE covering LGBT legal topics. The section also provided content for the 11th Annual Bill of Rights CLE Course and hosted the post-CLE social mixer after both events. Given recent legislation impacting the transgender community, the section sponsored multiple programs educating the bar on transgender legal issues. Section Vice Chair Claire Bow presented a program to about 100 lawyers and judges in El Paso, sponsored a CLE in Austin, and presented a CLE in Midland focused on transgender issues. The section served as a statewide resource for lawyers representing transgender clients seeking name and gender-marker changes in courts. The section developed and submitted legislation to conform the Texas Constitution and state laws to the final judgment in Obergefell v. Hodges. The section cosponsored a meeting of the LGBT Law Professionals of the Rio Grande Valley and hosted a Texas Meet-Up on August 4, 2016, at the Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair in Washington, D.C. LITIGATION Craig Enoch, Chair The Litigation Section dedicates a significant part of its budget to member services, publishing The Advocate, which educates members on changes in substantive law and best practices. The section also supports a number of internships with nonprofit legal aid and community services and awards grants to such organizations. Texas Legal Legends is the section’s effort to honor the state’s trailblazers to inspire and educate the next generation of litigators. This year, the section inducted into the Legal Legends former Justice Ruby Sondock, the first woman appointed to a full justice position on the Texas Supreme Court; former Judge H. Ron White, the first African-American district judge in Dallas County and founder of one of Texas’ first African-American owned commercial litigation law firms; Tom Morris, who was one of the first law professors to teach African-American students at the University of Texas School of Law and was counsel in Graham v. Deere, one of the most cited patent cases in U.S. history; and, in a first, the dual induction of Lloyd Lochridge, founder of McGinnis Lochridge & Kilgore, and his son, Pat Lochridge, a legend in his own right. The ceremonies and interviews can be viewed at litigationsection.com. MILITARY AND VETERANS LAW Rick Rousseau, Chair The Military and Veterans Law Section held two CLE programs, which provided training and materials regarding issues impacting service members and veterans. On October 20-21, 2016, the section held a CLE in Galveston featuring topics such as recent developments in military criminal law, the U.S. Army Special Victim Counsel Program, the U.S. Army Special Victim Prosecution Program, defense counsel perspectives in sexual assault cases, the Texas Code of Military Justice, a profile of Texas’ low-income veterans, updates in veterans law, Texas veterans benefits outside the VA, VA monthly compensation and attendance, military survivor benefits, military retirement and divorce, and updates on legal assistance. The section worked with the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association to present a CLE on February 10, 2017, in Dallas, which included presentations on representing veteran clients, VA Nuts and Bolts, ethical issues facing criminal defense lawyers, what you need to know about your client’s military discharge, and panel discussions with Veterans Treatment Court judges. A section business meeting was held after each CLE. Next year will include a fall CLE focusing on military-related family law issues, the impact of recent legislation, and the new blended military retirement system. MUNICIPAL JUDGES Hon. Joyce Elaine Marshall-Augustine, Chair The municipal court legislative teams have been extremely busy during the recent legislative session, monitoring bills that pertain to municipal courts and how they operate. The year culminated in the section’s legislative update for municipal judges during the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, which was a resounding success. Municipal courts across the state have been working toward developing ability-to-pay assessment systems. On January 1, 2017, the Texas Judicial Council adopted new rules (41 TexReg 6667) that affect the Collection Improvement Program Components (Chapter 175, Rule 175.3), and as a result, courts around the state created approved forms to assist individuals who appear in court and are unable to pay fines and costs. The section launched a new website during the past year, which is a clearinghouse for forms and information pertinent to municipal judges throughout the state. NATIVE AMERICAN LAW Paul R. Shunatona, Chair The Native American Law Section continues to be an important resource in Texas regarding legal issues that affect Native Americans. The section is particularly watchful regarding cases that affect or diminish tribal sovereignty, especially after Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl (2013), or the attempt to transform Native American political status under the U.S. Constitution’s Commerce Clause into an equal protection issue. As for this year’s activities, after much consideration, the council decided to begin holding its CLE conference on a biannual basis so that it can provide more focus on content, resources, and attendance. The section looks forward to another great CLE course in January 2018 in Austin. This year’s State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting CLE was a hit with the presentation Law, Water and Water Cannons—Anatomy of the Dakota Access Pipeline Protest, given by Sandy McCorquodale, and two hours of ethics guidance provided by past chair Gaines West. The section also co-sponsored this year’s Diversity Forum along with five other State Bar sections. OIL, GAS, AND ENERGY RESOURCES LAW Charles W. Gordon IV, Chair The Oil, Gas, and Energy Resources Law Section is planning its 80th anniversary celebration in conjunction with its Advanced Oil, Gas, and Energy Resources Law Course in 2018. As part of OGERL’s service to its members, the section publishes quarterly reports (and has done so since 1961); hosts at least eight educational seminars per year; maintains a website that allows members to research archived materials dating back over 50 years; provides free publications to members, such as the Selected Works of A.W. Walker, Jr., the Ernest E. Smith Selected Works, and the upcoming Landmarks of a Century in Oil and Gas Law; and encourages council members to serve on the committee that recently published the Oil and Gas Pattern Jury Charges book. To inspire students to enter the energy law field, the section awards scholarships to those receiving the two highest grades in the introductory oil and gas course of each accredited law school in Texas and funds multiple summer internships each year at the Public Utility Commission of Texas, the General Land Office, the Railroad Commission of Texas, the University Lands System, and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. PARALEGAL DIVISION Megan Goor, President This year marked the division’s 35th anniversary and focused on success, diversity, and growth. The annual meeting was June 17, 2016, with a keynote address focused on first responses to cyber, data security, and information law. The division launched its online store, offering Paralegal Division and 35th anniversary merchandise. The Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar Journey to Excellence was September 28-30 in San Antonio with 217 attendees and 64 speakers, offering up to 14 CLE hours. In lieu of speaker and volunteer gifts, donations were made to the San Antonio Food Bank, and on-site donations equated to 17,264 meals. TAPS 2017 Unmasqued—Knowledge Awaits will be October 4-6 in Addison. The division’s annual Europe trip was April 21-29 to Lucerne, Switzerland. The Paralegal Ethics Handbook, 2016 ed. was published by Thomson Reuters. The Texas Paralegal Journal made its online debut last summer and became exclusively digital last winter. In the upcoming edition, there will be the “100 PD Club” and “Memorials” sections. Going forward, the division will collect dues online only and begin phasing out membership cards. The executive board plans to continue to streamline procedures, improve membership benefits, and become more of a presence in the community. POVERTY LAW Maria Luisa Mercado, Chair The First Friday CLE provides the section’s membership free CLE on a range of topics. The section also worked with the Texas Access to Justice Commission on the volunteer attorney pro bono program and modifying Chapter 81 of the Texas Government Code to include a new membership class of attorneys whose practice is solely pro bono. The section’s former chair Shelby Jean is the new representative of medium sections to the State Bar Board of Directors. The Poverty Law Conference was successful and provided valuable CLE to section members. At its annual meeting, the section presented more awards in all categories. The 2017 Noble Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poverty Law went to William H. Beardall Jr., Equal Justice Center executive director; the Impact Award recipients were: Amanda Chisholm, for her work in R.M. v. Michael Swearingen and In the Interest of A.M.; and to a group of attorneys for their work in the Campbell v. Wilder decision: Thomas F. Allen Jr., Lee DiFilippo, former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson, and Thomas J. Stutz. The Mock Award went to Matthew Dennis and Paul Hill. The section presented a CLE at the Annual Meeting that encouraged more involvement in pro bono. PUBLIC UTILITY LAW Katie Coleman, Chair The Public Utility Law Section will host its annual conference and seminar on August 18, 2017, at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin. The event will begin with the annual section meeting, followed by a continuing legal education programming addressing issues of interest to practitioners involved in electric, communications, cable, water, and natural gas regulation. Panels composed of practitioners and agency staff will discuss recent decisions and rulemaking proceedings at the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Railroad Commission of Texas that impact utility-rate cases and other subjects of interest. Keynote speakers include Public Utility Commissioner Brandy Marty-Marquez and Electric Reliability Council of Texas President and Chief Executive Officer Bill Magness. Topics will include the current administration’s impact on energy and environmental regulations, recent precedent in utility mergers, the latest on water utility certificates of convenience and necessity and rates, developments in cable and telecommunications, and more. An ethics presentation will address managing conflict in multi-party litigation, a legislative update, and a traditional caselaw update will round out the CLE program. REAL ESTATE, PROBATE, AND TRUST LAW G. Roland Love, Chair The section began its year by honoring Ann Saegert (real estate) and Allan Howeth (probate) as 2016 Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award recipients. Four quarterly issues of the REPTL Reporter were published, and shorter, more frequent e-blasts containing breaking news, legislative updates, and reminders were sent to members. REPTL’s extensive 2017 legislative program addressing guardianships, decedent’s estates, trusts, mental health, and related matters proceeded successfully through the Texas Legislature. Updates on the session relating to real estate, probate, and trust law, will be available and presented by the section. Section members enjoyed more than $30,000 in discounts on registration fees for REPTL-supported TexasBarCLE seminars. The Public Service Committee awarded about $50,000 in grants to agencies assisting underserved citizens in our areas of practice and student writing contest winners received nearly $8,500 in awards. The section continued its partnership with the Oil, Gas, and Energy Resources Law Section in supporting the Title Standards Joint Editorial Board. Finally, REPTL initiated its Leadership Academy for younger lawyers to become involved in the section. SCHOOL LAW Fred A. Stormer, Chair Thank you to the presenters, the planning committee, and the University of Texas for making the University of Texas School Law Conference, which took place in February, another huge success. The section is looking forward to the 31st Annual School Law Retreat, which returns to the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio, July 27-29, 2017. The retreat provides high-quality, engaging CLE topics relevant to attorneys who represent all parties in a public education setting. Subjects this year include superintendent reporting requirements, common sense technology policies, alternative resolution, restorative discipline, insights from a young lawyer, wisdom from a seasoned lawyer, and highlights from the 85th legislative session. Registrants may participate in the Tom Garner Memorial Golf Tournament, named after one of the section’s founding members. The highlight of the retreat will occur when we honor a distinguished member of the section with the Kelly Frels Lifetime Achievement Award. For those not already familiar with the section, the retreat is a great place to get acquainted. The section invites anyone interested to attend. TAX David E. Colmenero, Chair On January 20, 2017, the new administration issued a freeze on the issuance of any new or pending regulations, which had the effect of halting many of the section’s ongoing comment projects. Notwithstanding the regulatory freeze, the Tax Section is on track to have another record year with respect to its comment projects. In addition, the section has successfully completed its third Leadership Academy class, graduating 20 participants this year. The section has also completed a new promotional video for the highly acclaimed academy, which should be available on its website soon. In addition, the section’s nationally recognized pro bono committee continues to provide services to indigent taxpayers. The section’s law school outreach program has scheduled events with several law schools throughout the year and is in the process of issuing scholarships to several law students. The section continued its tradition of recognizing exemplary Texas tax lawyers by presenting its prestigious Outstanding Texas Tax Lawyer Award in June to William D. “Bill” Elliott. WOMEN AND THE LAW Deborah J. Race, Chair The Women and the Law Section’s free telephone CLE programs have been a huge success and proven useful to members who receive an email invitation and then can enjoy top quality CLE from any convenient location. The section has also continued to expand its efforts to collaborate and network with other groups. For example, the section participated in a women’s summit that included a trailblazer’s panel and a reception with the Dallas Women Lawyers Association and Attorneys Serving the Community during the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting in Dallas. The section also hosted a CLE panel at the Annual Meeting and presented the following awards: the Sarah T. Hughes Award to Judge Hilda G. Tagle, the Louise B. Raggio Award to Marcy Greer, and the Barbara Culver Clack Award to Karen Smith. The section is also continuing to work on improving its website to make it more user friendly. Once in place, the section plans to utilize the website and social media to keep members better informed of cases impacting women, rule changes, and important legislation. WORKERS’ COMPENSATION Margaret M. Knott, Chair The Workers’ Compensation Section continued its objectives of providing quality continuing education and newsletter updates to attorneys and giving back to the community. The section held its annual Advanced Workers Compensation law course in Austin in August 2016 and presented the Barbed Wire Award to retiring Administrative Law Judge Carolyn F. Moore. The section will continue the tradition of holding a course in Austin in August, with this year’s scheduled for August 24-25, 2017. The planned program includes topics addressing legislative changes affecting workers’ compensation in this legislative session. The section continued to give back to the community through fundraising, including a bowling night at Scholz Garten, a fun evening that raised over $7,000 that was distributed to several groups honoring loved ones of members. The section made a contribution to Kids’ Chance of Texas, a nonprofit organization whose sole mission is to create and support scholarship programs that provide educational opportunities for children of Texas workers who have been seriously injured or killed in employment-related accidents. The section will continue to support Kids’ Chance again this year.
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