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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.

Consider Serving on a Committee

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, 2015), please fill out this online form by Dec. 5, 2014.

Committee and ChairRole

ADMINISTRATION OF RULES OF EVIDENCE

Hon. Robin Malone Darr, Midland

Monitors Rules of Evidence, related statutes

ADVERTISING REVIEW

Stephen L. Tatum, Fort Worth

Lawyer advertising rules, attorney compliance

ANNUAL MEETING

Plans State Bar Annual Meeting

BAR JOURNAL BOARD OF EDITORS

John. G. Browning, Rockwall

Advises and assists Bar Journal editor

CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT

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

Deborah J. Bullion, Sugar Land

CLE needs of lawyers, programming

COUNCIL OF CHAIRS

Patrick J. Maher

Chairs of all State Bar sections meet regularly

COURT RULES

Carlos R. Soltero, Austin

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

CRIME VICTIMS

Alison J. Logan, Corpus Christi

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

Kelli D. Dunn Howard, Austin

Address concerns of lawyers and the public with disabilities

DIVERSITY IN THE PROFESSION

Lisa J. Soto, Austin

Increase opportunities for and involvement of minorities in the profession, increase diversity

JURY SERVICE

Juan F. Tamez, Laredo

Improving jury service, compensation, and participation

LAW FOCUSED EDUCATION

Daniel D. Hu, Houston

Programs for public regarding civic responsibility

LAW PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

William W. Miller, Jr., Texarkana

Enhance management of and ethical delivery of legal services

LAWS RELATING TO IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY

Rebecca R. Garcia Massiatte, Plano

Study current, proposed laws related to immigration and nationality

TEXAS LAWYERS' ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Daniel P. Garrigan, Dallas

Rehabilitation of attorneys with mental illness or addiction

LEGAL SERVICES TO THE POOR IN CIVIL MATTERS

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

Catherine G. Burnett, Houston

Programs to assure delivery of legal services to persons who cannot afford counsel in criminal matters

LOCAL BAR SERVICES

Janna Ward Clarke, Fort Worth

Services to local and specialty bar associations

MINIMUM CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION

Edward Trey Bergman III, Houston

MCLE rules, regulations, and accreditation

PARALEGALS

Paul Taparauskas, Houston

Services for paralegals, policies covering paralegals, oversight of Paralegal Division

PATTERN JURY CHARGES -
BUSINESS, CONSUMER, AND EMPLOYMENT

Hon. Justin Brett Busby, Houston

To prepare and periodically revise pattern jury charges

PATTERN JURY CHARGES -
CRIMINAL

Alan Lee Levy, Fort Worth

To prepare and periodically revise pattern jury charges

PATTERN JURY CHARGES -
FAMILY AND PROBATE

Joan Foote Jenkins, Houston

To prepare and periodically revise pattern jury charges

PATTERN JURY CHARGES -
GENERAL NEGLIGENCE AND INTENTIONAL PERSONAL TORTS

Brock C. Akers, Houston

To prepare and periodically revise pattern jury charges

PATTERN JURY CHARGES -
MALPRACTICE, PREMISES, AND PRODUCTS

Jeffrey S. Levinger, Dallas

To prepare and periodically revise pattern jury charges

PATTERN JURY CHARGES -
OIL & GAS

Ricardo E. Morales, Laredo

To prepare and periodically revise pattern jury charges

PATTERN JURY CHARGES -
OVERSIGHT

Hon. Tracy Kee Christopher, Houston

To prepare and periodically revise pattern jury charges

PROFESSIONALISM

Kenda Lurlene Culpepper, Rockwall

Increase professionalism, improve development of new lawyers

PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Rudy England, Austin

Expand public understanding of legal system, role of lawyers

REAL ESTATE FORMS

Richard L. Spencer, Houston

Review and update the Real Estate Forms Manual

TEXAS DISCIPLINARY RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

Greg McHugh, Dallas

Evaluate and suggest revisions to disciplinary rules

WEB SERVICES

Jason Coomer, Austin

Review and advise on improvement of bar websites

WOMEN IN THE PROFESSION

Elizabeth Marsh, Austin

Increase opportunities for women in the legal profession

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