Standing Committees

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

2017-2018 Yearend Reports

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, 2019), please fill out this online form by Friday, Dec. 7, 2018.

Committee and ChairRole

ADMINISTRATION OF RULES OF EVIDENCE

Leslie Sara Hyman, San Antonio
(210) 892-1601

Monitors Rules of Evidence, related statutes

ADVERTISING REVIEW

Charles Noteboom, Fort Worth
(713) 857-2542

Lawyer advertising rules, attorney compliance

CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT

Tiffany Bartlett, Round Rock
(512) 965-2449

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

Hon. Xavier Rodriguez, San Antonio
(210) 472-6575

CLE needs of lawyers, programming

COUNCIL OF CHAIRS

Tina R. Green
(903) 223-9544

Chairs of all State Bar sections meet regularly

COURT RULES

Giana Ortiz, Austin
(817) 867-7984

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

DISABILITY ISSUES

Sean Pevsner, Arlington
(682) 706-3750 

Address concerns of lawyers and the public with disabilities

DIVERSITY IN THE PROFESSION

Glen Hill, II, Dallas
(214) 758-1639

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

JURY SERVICE

Kaci Sohrt Singer, Austin
(512) 997-9909

Improving jury service, compensation, and participation

LAW FOCUSED EDUCATION

Kevin Vela, Dallas
(214) 821-2300

Programs for public regarding civic responsibility

LAW PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

Penny Robe, Plano
(972) 861-0126

Enhance management of and ethical delivery of legal services

LAWS RELATING TO IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY

Linda Alice Brandmiller, San Antonio
(210) 900-0991

Study current, proposed laws related to immigration and nationality

LAWYERS' ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Victoria M. Mather
(210) 436-3318

Rehabilitation of attorneys with mental illness or addiction

LEGAL SERVICES TO THE POOR IN CIVIL MATTERS

Michele Wong Krause, Dallas 
(214) 373-6565 

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

LEGAL SERVICES TO THE POOR IN CRIMINAL MATTERS

Federico S. Hernandez, Del Rio

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

LOCAL BAR SERVICES

Santos Vargas, San Antonio
(210) 853-5882

Services to local and specialty bar associations

MINIMUM CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION

Nathan Templeton Anderson, Plano
(972) 295-1948

MCLE rules, regulations, and accreditation

PATTERN JURY CHARGES -
BUSINESS, CONSUMER, AND EMPLOYMENT

William John Chriss, Corpus Christi
(361) 884-3330 

To prepare and periodically revise pattern jury charges

PATTERN JURY CHARGES -
CRIMINAL

Wendell A. Odom Jr., Houston
(713) 223-5575

To prepare and periodically revise pattern jury charges

PATTERN JURY CHARGES -
FAMILY AND PROBATE

JoAl Cannon Sheridan, Austin
(512) 477-4700 

To prepare and periodically revise pattern jury charges

PATTERN JURY CHARGES -
GENERAL NEGLIGENCE, INTENTIONAL PERSONAL TORTS, AND WORKERS COMPENSATION

Daniel Linebaugh, Baytown
(281) 422-0505

To prepare and periodically revise pattern jury charges

PATTERN JURY CHARGES -
MALPRACTICE, PREMISES, AND PRODUCTS

Jack E. McGehee, Houston
(713) 864-4000

To prepare and periodically revise pattern jury charges

PATTERN JURY CHARGES -
OIL AND GAS

Ricardo E. Morales, Laredo
(956) 727-4441

To prepare and periodically revise pattern jury charges

PATTERN JURY CHARGES -
OVERSIGHT

Hon. Jane Nenninger Bland, Houston
(713) 274-2700

To prepare and periodically revise pattern jury charges

PROFESSIONALISM

Suzanne M. Duvall, Dallas
(214) 361-0802

Increase professionalism, improve development of new lawyers

PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Rudy England, Austin
(512) 463-0277

Expand public understanding of legal system, role of lawyers

REAL ESTATE FORMS

Sara E. Dysart, San Antonio 
(210) 224-7111 

Review and update the Real Estate Forms Manual

TEXAS BAR JOURNAL BOARD OF EDITORS

Miles J. LeBlanc, Rockwall
(713) 556-7245 

Advises and assists Bar Journal editor

WOMEN IN THE PROFESSION

Karla Rivera Pascarella, Austin
(512) 416-5510 

Increase opportunities for women in the legal profession

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