State Bar of Texas
April 30, 2008

Contact: Kim Davey, 800.204.2222 x 1713 or 512.427.1713

Joe Shannon, Jr. Elected Chair of State Bar of Texas Board of Directors

(Austin) – Joe Shannon, Jr. of Fort Worth has been elected Chair of the Board of the State Bar of Texas.

Shannon serves as chief of the Economic Crime Unit in the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's Office. He was a member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1964 to 1971.

An adjunct professor at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, he is also a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and the Tarrant County Bar Foundation.

Shannon previously served as president of the Tarrant County Bar Association, the Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association, and on the Family Law Advisory Committee of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is a member of the Texas District and County Attorneys Association.

He has practiced in the areas of criminal defense, prosecution, personal injury, insurance defense, family law and commercial litigation, and is a certified matrimonial arbitrator. He earned a B.A. from the University of Texas and his L.L.B. from the University of Texas School of Law.

Shannon will assume the position during the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting to be held June 26-27 in Houston.

The State Bar of Texas is an administrative agency of the Supreme Court of Texas. The Bar 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.