August 11, 2015
Contact: Amy Starnes
Public Information Director, State Bar of Texas
(800) 204-2222, ext. 1706, or (512) 427-1706

State Bar of Texas, Chief Justice Hecht promote importance of mentoring

AUSTIN — The State Bar of Texas Professionalism Committee has joined with Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht for a new video on the importance of mentoring.

The eight-minute video serves as an introduction to the State Bar of Texas Transition to Practice program, which provides local bar associations — or corporate or government law departments — with the necessary resources to adapt, develop, and implement their own mentoring program.

“Mentoring plays such a vital role in ensuring that new lawyers are ready to practice in a responsible and professional way,” said Rockwall County Criminal District Attorney Kenda Culpepper, who serves as chair of the Professionalism Committee. “We are grateful to Chief Justice Hecht for joining us in this effort to promote effective mentoring.”

Hecht is the 27th chief justice of the Supreme Court of Texas. He has been elected to the court six times, first in 1988 as a justice, and most recently in 2014 as chief justice.

He is the longest-serving member of the court in Texas history and the senior Texas appellate judge in active service.

The video can be viewed on the State Bar website at For a complete list of State Bar mentoring resources, visit

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