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April 30, 2013

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State Bar of Texas President-elect Race Headed for Run-off;
Rebekah Steely Brooker Named President-elect of Texas Young Lawyers Association

AUSTIN – State Bar of Texas officials tonight announced that Trey Apffel of League City and Steve Fischer of Rockport will face one another in a run-off election for president-elect.

Because a majority of votes was not received by any of the three candidates for president-elect, a run-off election will be held from May 9 through May 23.

The run-off election will cease at 5 p.m. on May 23, and the winner announced once the election results are certified later that evening.

Trey Apffel of League City received 8,304 votes, or 34.02 percent, Steve Fischer of Rockport received 11,058 votes, or 45.30 percent, and Larry W. Hicks of El Paso received 4,887 votes, or 20.02 percent.

Trey Apffel is the owner and principal of the Apffel Law Firm in League City, where he focuses on personal injury litigation, toxic torts and medical malpractice. His practice also includes family law and divorce. He has practiced in Galveston County for more than 30 years.

Apffel has served on the board of directors of the State Bar of Texas, as a member of the Executive Committee, and chaired the Legislative Policy Committee. He is a former member of the Commission for Lawyer Discipline. He is a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, a Texas Bar Foundation Life Fellow, and served on the Texas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees. Apffel is a member of the Galveston County Bar Association and served as the organization’s president in 1996-97. He is an associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates and a director of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association.

Apffel received a B.B.A. from Baylor University and a J.D. from Baylor Law School. He is certified in Personal Injury Trial Law and Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Steve Fischer is a sole practitioner in Rockport. His practice focuses on criminal and family law but also includes litigation and real estate.

Fischer serves on the board of directors of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Journal Board of Editors, and as vice chair of the Insurance and Member Benefits Subcommittee in which he also chairs a subcommittee. Fischer has served as Willacy County District Attorney, president of the Aransas County Bar Association, and on the Aransas County ISD School Board. He has been or currently serves as a member of the Texas Indigent Defense Committee, Texas Crime Victims Committee, Technology Oversight Committee, Texas Penal Code Committee, as a board advisor to the Court Rules Committee and the Family Law and Criminal Justice sections, and as the alternate board advisor to the Disability Issues Committee. He has been a professor at the University of Texas – Permian Basin and has authored numerous articles. He has practiced law in Midland-Odessa, El Paso, Denton, Huntsville, and the Rio Grande Valley.

Fischer received a B.A. with honors from the University of California, Berkeley; an M.A. in criminology from Sam Houston State University; an M.P.A. from the University of North Texas; and a J.D. from Indiana University.

In other election results, the following individuals were elected to the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors:

Diane V. DeVasto of Tyler; Curry L. Cooksey of The Woodlands; Brent A. Benoit of Houston; Tino A. Ramirez of Dallas; Frank Carroll of Dallas; J. Benjamin Barlow of Fort Worth; Susan I. Nelson of Waco; David E. Chamberlain of Austin; Andy Kerr of San Antonio; and Richard H. Elliott of Fredericksburg.

Rebekah Steely Brooker was named president-elect of the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA). She is an attorney with Passman & Jones in Dallas, where she manages the firm’s estate planning and administration and probate practices. Brooker primarily focuses on administering trusts and estates and counseling clients on estate planning, charitable planning, asset protection, and estate and trust management. She also has experience in probate litigation, commercial litigation, and oil and gas transactions.

Brooker has served as TYLA treasurer and as a director from 2011-13, and is an executive advisor to the Low Income Texans and Community Education committees. Among the many TYLA public service projects she has been involved with, Brooker is the creator and co-author of the “Texas Probate Passport” and co-creator and co-author of “Dealing with Dementia.” She also serves on the board of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (DAYL). She is a two-time recipient of the TYLA President’s Award of Merit and was named DAYL’s Outstanding Committee Chair in 2007.

She earned a B.B.A. Magna Cum Laude from Texas A&M University and a J.D. from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.

Newly-elected TYLA directors include:

Amanda A. Abraham of Marshall; Laura Pratt of Lubbock; Aaron J. Burke of Dallas; Lance Currie of Dallas; Alex B. Roberts of Houston; Morgan L. Gaskin of Houston; Baylor Wortham of Beaumont; Jacquelyn Wilson of Austin; Alex Bell of Waco; Laura W. Docker of Fort Worth; L. Brook Stuntebeck of Lewisville; Brandy Wingate of McAllen; C. Barrett Thomas of Abilene; Amber L. James of Odessa; Priscilla D. Camacho of San Antonio; Eduardo Romero of Laredo; and Andrew Dornburg of Angleton.

State Bar and TYLA presidents-elect will be sworn in during the State Bar's Annual Meeting June 20-21 in Dallas, and will serve as president of the State Bar and TYLA respectively from June 2014 until June 2015.

Detailed election results are available at www.texasbar.com/election.

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 disciplinary system.

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