June 25, 2013
Contact: Lowell Brown

San Antonio attorney receives Serrano Leadership Award at SBOT Annual Meeting 

San Antonio attorney Emma Cano recently received the Pedro “Pete” Serrano Leadership Award during the 2013 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting. The award is presented annually to the member of the LeadershipSBOT class who best exemplifies the qualities of leadership, integrity, and inclusiveness.

“This award embodies the spirit of LeadershipSBOT,” C.E. Rhodes, 2012-2013 president of the Texas Young Lawyers Association, said during an awards ceremony June 20 in Dallas. “This year’s honoree led this class the moment she arrived at the first event in Austin. She is organized, thoughtful, and successful in all that she does. She sets goals for herself and those she works with—but so subtly, her colleagues don’t realize that they are now part of a master plan.”

Cano, a 2002 Texas Tech University School of Law graduate, is an attorney with Haynes and Boone, LLP, where her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation in federal and state courts. Her many honors include being named a Texas Super Lawyer “Rising Star” in Business Litigation by Texas Monthly in 2007 and 2008, being selected as the Outstanding Young Lawyer by the San Antonio Young Lawyers Association in 2008, and being named by the San Antonio Business Journal as one of its “40 Under 40” rising stars in 2010.

The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors voted in April 2011 to honor the late Pedro “Pete” Serrano by re-naming the LeadershipSBOT Presidents’ Award as the Pedro “Pete” Serrano Leadership Award. The award is named after Serrano, a member of the inaugural LeadershipSBOT class who died in 2009.

Created in 2008, LeadershipSBOT is a diversity initiative of the State Bar of Texas and Texas Young Lawyers Association designed to recruit, train, and inspire attorneys to take leadership positions within the bar. The yearlong program consists of two training sessions and concludes with the presentation of group projects during the State Bar Annual Meeting. For more information, visit

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 discipline system.