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April 6, 2017
Contact: Amy Starnes
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Keynote speakers announced for State Bar Annual Meeting in Dallas

AUSTIN — Attorneys from across Texas will welcome three distinguished scholars as keynote speakers at the State Bar of Texas 2017 Annual Meeting June 22 and 23 in Dallas.

The Hon. Carl E. Stewart, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; Bryan A. Garner, a noted consultant on legal language and advocacy; and Joseph Jaworski, founder and chairman of Generon International and the Global Leadership Initiative, will speak separately over the two-day event.

“We are honored to have such a distinguished slate of speakers at the 2017 Annual Meeting,” said Christina Melton Crain, chair of the State Bar’s Annual Meeting Committee. “Texas lawyers look forward to the speakers’ diverse topics and backgrounds.”

Hon. Carl E. Stewart

The Hon. Carl E. Stewart is the first African-American to serve as the Fifth Circuit’s Chief Judge. He is a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States Executive Committee. Stewart will speak at the Bar Leaders Recognition Luncheon on June 22. Stewart was appointed to the court in 1994 by President Bill Clinton. Before that, he had a distinguished career as a district court judge and later on Louisiana’s Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Bryan A. Garner

Bryan A. Garner, who has taught at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law since 1990, is editor in chief of Black’s Law Dictionary and the author of many other works on law and language, including Garner’s Modern English Usage and The Elements of Legal Style. Garner also co-wrote two books with the late Justice Antonin Scalia: Reading Law: Interpretation of Legal Texts and Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges. He writes a popular monthly column, “Garner on Words,” for the ABA Journal. Garner will speak at the Bench Bar Breakfast on June 23.

Joseph Jaworski

Joseph Jaworski specializes in the design and execution of large-scale organizational change. The former Bracewell senior partner now advises executives at Fortune 500 companies on strategy formulation and implementation. He is the author of Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership and other titles on leadership and organizational change. He will speak at the General Session Luncheon on June 23.

Online registration for the 2017 Annual Meeting is now open. To register or learn more, go to

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