January 18, 2019
Contact: Amy Starnes
Public Information Director, State Bar of Texas
(800) 204-2222, ext. 1706, or (512) 427-1706


Seana Willing selected as new chief disciplinary counsel

AUSTIN — The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors voted unanimously Friday to consent to the Commission for Lawyer Discipline’s selection of Seana Willing as the new chief disciplinary counsel.

Willing served the State Commission on Judicial Conduct for 18 years —14 of those as executive director of the commission. For the past two years, Willing has been executive director of the Texas Ethics Commission.

“We believe that Ms. Willing’s demonstrated commitment to service and to ethics in government and the legal profession make her an excellent choice to lead us in our mission to serve the Texas attorney community and the public,” Noelle Reed, chair of the Commission for Lawyer Discipline, said.

Willing replaces Linda Acevedo who is retiring after 33 years of service to the State Bar. Acevedo served 10 years as chief disciplinary counsel.

“We want to thank Ms. Acevedo for her 10 years of outstanding service to the Commission,” Reed said.

The Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel administers the Texas attorney discipline system and represents the Commission in disciplinary litigation. The chief counsel oversees 97 full-time employees, including 37 lawyers, 12 investigators, 32 legal support staff, 12 administrative support staff, and four administrative managers. In addition to its headquarters in Austin, the CDC has regional offices in San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston.

Willing was recognized by the Texas Center for the Judiciary with the “Exemplary Non-Judicial Faculty Award” in 2016 and named by Texas Lawyer one of “30 Extraordinary Women in the Law” in 2008. She is a member of the Council on Government Ethics Laws. Willing received her J.D. in 1993 from St. Mary’s University School of Law.

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