State Bar of Texas
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State Bar of Texas Announces President-Elect Candidates
(Austin) – The State Bar of Texas has announced that attorneys Guy D. Choate of San Angelo and F.R. “Buck” Files Jr. of Tyler will face off in an election of the state’s lawyers this spring to become president-elect of the State Bar of Texas.
Guy Choate is a partner at Webb Stokes & Sparks, L.L.P. in San Angelo. He is board certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Choate has served on the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors and on its Executive Committee. He is a former president of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, former chapter president of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and has served as president of the Tom Green County Bar Association. He is a sustaining member of the American Association of Justice, a life member of the Texas Bar Foundation, and a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas. Choate has chaired the State Bar Texas Pattern Jury Charge Committee, the District 15A Grievance Committee, and has served on the Texas Pattern Jury Charge Oversight Committee, Committee on Court Rules, and the Advisory Board of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars. He is the recipient of a State Bar of Texas Presidential Citation and a John Howie Spirit of Mentorship Award.
He earned a B.A. Cum Laude from Angelo State University and a J.D. from the University of Houston, Bates College of Law.
Buck Files is a shareholder and founding member of Bain, Files, Jarrett, Bain & Harrison, PC in Tyler, where he practices criminal defense law. He is board certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS), and in criminal trial advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
Files, who chairs the State Bar of Texas Continuing Legal Education Committee and is a frequent presenter, has served on the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors, Smith County Bar Association Board of Directors, and is a charter member and former director of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, College of the State Bar of Texas, and a sustaining life fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. He serves on the TBLS Board and chaired the TBLS Criminal Law Advisory Commission, served on the State Bar District 2 Grievance Committee, and is a past president of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra Association. Files has been awarded a State Bar Presidential Citation and Outstanding Third Year Director Award, Defense Lawyer of the Year by the State Bar Criminal Justice Section, and Justinian Award by the Smith County Bar Association.
He earned a B.A. from Austin College, where he currently serves on the Board of Trustees, a Masters in Liberal Arts from Southern Methodist University, a J.D. from Southern Methodist University School of Law, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Election results will be announced May 2. The president-elect will serve as president of the State Bar of Texas from June 2012 until June 2013.
The State Bar of Texas is an administrative agency of the Supreme Court of Texas that provides educational programs for the legal profession and the public, administers the minimum continuing legal education program for attorneys, and manages the attorney discipline system.
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