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Committees

Committees are established by the Board of Directors and appointed by the President-Elect to consider matters of interest to the Bar membership, update professional materials, recommend changes to policies and procedures, and study legal issues affecting the legal profession and the public.

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Committee appointment terms commence after the annual meeting each year. Unless otherwise noted, appointment terms are for three years and no member may serve on more than one committee at a time. Participation is important and failure to contribute in the work of the committee may result in removal from the committee. To express interest in serving on a committee beginning in the upcoming bar year (starting June 1, 2014), please fill out this online form by Dec. 6, 2013.

Committee
(underlined names have websites)
Role
Administration of Rules of Evidence
Chair: Hon. Robin Malone Darr, Midland
Monitors Rules of Evidence, related statutes
Advertising Review
Chair: John J. McKetta III, Austin

Lawyer advertising rules, attorney compliance
Annual Meeting

Plans State Bar Annual Meeting
Bar Journal Board of Editors
Chair: Michael C. Smith, Marshall
Advises and assists Bar Journal editor
Child Abuse and Neglect
Chair: Carole Hurley, Austin
Profession's role in addressing child abuse and neglect, public education. Maintains handbooks for parents and guardians in child protection cases in English (PDF) and Spanish (PDF)
Continuing Legal Education
Chair: Deborah J. Bullion, Sugar Land

CLE needs of lawyers, programming

Council of Chairs
Chair: Patrick J. Maher
Chairs of all State Bar sections meet regularly
Court Rules
Chair: Joseph David Hughes, Austin

Revisions to rules of practice, statutes, seeks fairness and efficiency

Crime Victims
Chair: Eric Julian Tijerina, San Antonio

 

Víctimas de Crimen - Comité Permanente

Educate legal profession, public about resources for crime victims

Su propósito es educar a la profesión legal y al público sobre los recursos legales y sociales disponibles a las víctimas de crimen.

Disability Issues
Chair: M. Daisy Everhart, El Paso
Address concerns of lawyers and the public with disabilities
Diversity in the Profession
Chair: Dawn Rachelle Tezino, Houston
Increase opportunities for and involvement of minorities in the profession, increase diversity
Jury Service
Chair: Susan Lynn Burnette, Amarillo
Improving jury service, compensation, and participation
Law Focused Education
Chair: Daniel D. Hu, Houston
Programs for public regarding civic responsibility
Law Practice Management
Chair: William W. Miller, Jr., Texarkana
Enhance management of and ethical delivery of legal services
Laws Relating to Immigration and Nationality
Chair: Rebecca R. Garcia Massiatte, Plano
Study current, proposed laws related to immigration and nationality
Lawyers' Assistance Program
Chair: Daniel P. Garrigan, Dallas
Rehabilitation of attorneys with mental illness or addiction
Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters
Chair: Matthew Brian Probus, Sugar Land
Programs to assure delivery of legal services to persons who cannot afford counsel in civil matters
Legal Services to the Poor in Criminal Matters
Chair: Catherine G. Burnett, Houston
Programs to assure delivery of legal services to persons who cannot afford counsel in criminal matters
Local Bar Services
Chair: Janna Ward Clarke, Fort Worth
Services to local and specialty bar associations
Minimum Continuing Legal Education
Chair: Edward Trey Bergman III, Houston
MCLE rules, regulations, and accreditation
Paralegals
Chair: Paul Taparauskas, Houston
Services for paralegals, policies covering paralegals, oversight of Paralegal Division
Pattern Jury Charges - Business, Consumer, and Employment
Chair: Hon. Justin Brett Busby, Houston
To prepare and periodically revise pattern jury charges
Pattern Jury Charges - Criminal
Chair: Alan Lee Levy, Fort Worth
To prepare and periodically revise pattern jury charges
Pattern Jury Charges - Family and Probate
Chair: Joan Foote Jenkins, Houston
To prepare and periodically revise pattern jury charges
Pattern Jury Charges - General Negligence and Intentional Personal Torts
Chair: Brock C. Akers, Houston
To prepare and periodically revise pattern jury charges
Pattern Jury Charges - Malpractice, Premises, and Products
Chair: Jeffrey S. Levinger, Dallas
To prepare and periodically revise pattern jury charges
Pattern Jury Charges - Oil & Gas
Chair: Ricardo E. Morales, Laredo
To prepare and periodically revise pattern jury charges
Pattern Jury Charges - Oversight
Chair: Hon. Tracy Kee Christopher, Houston
To prepare and periodically revise pattern jury charges
Professionalism
Chair: Kenda Lurlene Culpepper, Rockwall
Increase professionalism, improve development of new lawyers
Public Affairs
Chair: Rudy England, Austin
Expand public understanding of legal system, role of lawyers
Real Estate Forms
Chair: Richard L. Spencer, Houston
Review and update the Real Estate Forms Manual
Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct
Chair: Greg McHugh, Dallas
Evaluate and suggest revisions to disciplinary rules
Web Services
Chair: Jason Coomer, Austin
Review and advise on improvement of bar websites
Women in the Profession
Chair: Elizabeth Marsh, Austin
Increase opportunities for women in the legal profession