May 2, 2016
Contact: Amy Starnes
Public Information Director, State Bar of Texas
(800) 204-2222, ext. 1706, or (512) 427-1706


Tom Vick of Weatherford elected State Bar of Texas president-elect

AUSTIN — Texas attorneys have elected Tom Vick of Weatherford as the next president-elect of the State Bar of Texas.

Tom VicksVick received nearly 55 percent of the 17,935 votes cast during the month-long voting period that ended May 2. His opponent, Michael C. Smith, a partner in the Marshall office of Siebman, Burg, Phillips & Smith, LLP, received 7,879 votes or 44 percent. Write-in candidates composed 1 percent of the votes cast.

Vick will be sworn in as president-elect during the State Bar’s Annual Meeting on June 16, 2016, in Fort Worth and will serve as president of the State Bar of Texas from June 2017 to June 2018.

Vick is a partner in Vick Carney LLP in Weatherford. Board certified in family law, he has published dozens of works on various aspects of the law and lectured widely.

Vick chaired the Texas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees in 2013-2014. He served on the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors from 2005 to 2008 and the Texas Access to Justice Commission from 2006 to 2009. A former mayor of Weatherford, Vick has served as president of both the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists and the Texas Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, as a chair of the State Bar of Texas Family Law Section, and as chair of the Supreme Court Task Force to Expand Legal Services Delivery.

Vick was named the 2008 State Bar of Texas Family Law Section Outstanding Family Lawyer, given the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists Judge Sam Emison Award, and named the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers’ Fellow of the Year in 2009. He received presidential citations for service to the State Bar in 2008 and 2012.

Vick received a bachelor’s degree from Austin College in Sherman in 1977 and his J.D. from South Texas College of Law in 1981.

In other results, the following individuals were elected to the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors:

Sarah Clower Keathley, Corsicana, District 2; Christy Amuny, Beaumont, District 3; Laura Gibson, Houston, District 4, Place 1; Bradley C. Weber, Dallas, District 6, Place 1; Greg Sampson, Dallas, District 6, Place 5;  Curtis Pritchard, Cleburne, District 7, Place 1; Lisa S. Richardson, Round Rock, District 8; Christopher Jake Oddo, Austin, District 9, Place 2; Fidel Rodriguez, San Antonio, District 10; Jeff Chandler, San Angelo, District 15.

Texas Young Lawyers Association election

In the Texas Young Lawyers Association election, Baili B. Rhodes of College Station was elected president-elect and will serve as TYLA president from June 2017 to June 2018. Rhodes received nearly 64 percent of the 3,116 votes cast; her opponent, Alex Yarbrough of Amarillo, received 36 percent.

Rhodes is an associate at West, Webb, Allbritton & Gentry, P.C., where she practices civil litigation, primarily family and employment law. She has been a member of the Texas Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors since 2012, serving as secretary in 2014-2015. She is currently vice president of TYLA. Rhodes has served as co-chair and vice chair of the Law Focused Education and Family Law committees and vice chair of the Community Education and National Trial Competition committees. She also served as executive committee advisor to the Diversity and Public Service committees.  

Rhodes has worked on many TYLA projects, including BSAFEBreathe FreeThe Texas Attorney General Guide, Ten Minute MentorEducating Educators, If I Knew Then, and Hiring an Employee with a Record. She has served as editor for the Lawyers who Lunch blog, and as contributing author for TYLA eNEWS. She is a member of the Texas Bar Foundation, Texas Bar College, Texas Aggie Bar Association, Brazos County Bar Association, and Brazos Valley Young Lawyers Association.

She earned her B.A. from Texas A&M University in 2005 and her J.D. from Baylor University School of Law in 2008. Rhodes is married to Casey Rhodes. They have two children.

The following individuals were elected to the TYLA Board of Directors: 

Donald Delgado, College Station, District 2; John Charles Ginn, McKinney, District 4; Timothy Newman, Dallas, District 5, Place 2; Jay Forester, Dallas, District 5, Place 4; M. Kaylan Dunn, Houston, District 6, Place 2; Nicole S. Soussan, Houston, District 6, Place 4; Brittany Ringel, Houston, District 6, Place 6; John Ellis, Austin, District 8, Place 2; Christopher E. Stoy, Fort Worth, District 10, Place 2; Louis Williams, Corpus Christi, District 12; Raymond J. Baeza, El Paso, District 14; Tim Williams, Amarillo, District 16; Veronica Wolfe, San Antonio, District 18, Place 2.

Detailed election results are available at

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