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State Bar of Texas
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 13, 2012

Contact:  Kim Davey, kdavey@texasbar.com, 512.427.1713, or 800.204.2222 x 1713

State Bar of Texas Selects 20 Attorneys for Leadership Academy

AUSTIN – The State Bar of Texas and Texas Young Lawyers Association are pleased to announce the members of its fifth annual leadership academy, which gets underway today.

LeadershipSBOT is a diversity initiative to identify and develop promising leaders in their communities and in the legal profession. Program participants are selected based on their leadership potential and reflect the cultural, ethnic, geographic, and practice area diversity of the state.

This year's class includes: 

Michelle Alden, Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, Dallas
Raymond Baeza, Farmers Insurance, El Paso
Emma Cano, Haynes & Boone, LLP, San Antonio
Chalon Clark-Thomas, Brown McCarroll, L.L.P., Dallas
Tobias Cole, Midani, Hinkle & Cole, LLP, Houston
David Collins, Law Office of Derek R. Van Gilder, Bastrop
C. Michael Davis, The Law Offices of Jim Parsons, Palestine
Carina Garza, Griffith & Garza, L.L.P., Pharr
Aurora Martinez Jones, The Martinez Jones Law Firm, PLLC, Austin
Rudolph Karl Metayer, Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, Austin
Barbara Nicholas, White & Wiggins, LLP, Addison
Ashley Pate, Potter Minton, PC, Tyler
LiLan Ren, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Austin
Jessica Rivera, Haynes & Boone, LLP, Houston
Eduardo Romero, Villarreal & Romero, PLLC, Laredo
Justin Smith, Norton & Wood, LLP, Texarkana
Rabeea Sultan, The Sultan Law Firm, Houston
Karla Vargas, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, El Paso
Gregory Wilson, L.M. Tatum, PLLC, San Antonio
Alex Yarbrough, Sprouse Shrader Smith, P.C., Amarillo

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 continuing legal education program for attorneys, and manages the attorney discipline system.

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