We vote for our representatives and on disciplinary rules and membership dues. We expect transparency in government, fiscal responsibility, services benefiting our members, and the realization of our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Bar, the administration of justice, and the practice of law. In order to insure all of these, I advocate for mandatory bar membership, self-governance, and so much more.
That “so much more” begins with you. Thousands of Texas attorneys volunteer at the State and local levels on governing boards, commissions, sections, committees, grievance panels, pro bono clinics, and programs, such as TLAP, SOLACE, and CLE. The work of the Bar is greatly enhanced by public members who voluntarily serve with us.
If elected, my presidency will be about you. I will recruit all Texas attorneys to be actively engaged because our Bar needs you. I can also make the case that you need the Bar. Bar engagement has been invaluable in developing my law practice. Regardless of your type of practice, your engagement will enhance our profession and your career, enabling you to reach beyond your practice area, broaden your perspective, and create a network of friends across the state.
COVID is redefining how we practice law through the increased use of technology with clients, colleagues, and the courts. We are considering the use of office space and internet security while seeking to maintain client interactions, collegiality, social connections, and the delivery of access to justice. The Bar should redefine and expand its programs throughout Texas to benefit you and the public. SBOT resources can be “scaled” to deliver Bar services and volunteer opportunities. My recent experience conducting a remote pro bono wills clinic and a law school mentoring circles program illustrates one benefit of technology —more engagement through “user-friendly” opportunities.
I want to lead the Bar to involve and support all Texas lawyers. Please let me hear from you about the issues that are important to you and Bar opportunities that interest you.
I ask for your support and vote.