June 6, 2019
Contact: Amy Starnes
Public Information Director, State Bar of Texas
800-204-2222, ext. 1706, or 512-427-1706

Austin to host 2019 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting

AUSTIN — The 2019 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting will take place June 13 and 14 at the JW Marriott in Austin.

Featured speakers include:

  • Journalist Dan Rather will speak at the Bar Leaders Recognition Luncheon at noon on June 13. Rather, one of the world’s best-known journalists, began his career at CBS in 1962. He has interviewed every president since Eisenhower and personally covered almost every important dateline in the last 60 years. He is president and CEO of News and Guts — a news, media, and production company — and the author of several bestselling books, including What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism published in 2017.

  • Biographer and cultural historian Wil Haygood will speak at the Bench Bar Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on June 14. Best known as the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Butler and Showdown, Haygood’s work has chronicled America’s civil rights journey through biographies of Thurgood Marshall, Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Sammy Davis Jr., Sugar Ray Robinson, and Eugene Allen, the real-life inspiration for Lee Daniels’ award-winning film, The Butler.

  • Asha Rangappa — a former FBI agent, senior lecturer at Yale University’s Jackson Institute on Global Affairs, and CNN contributor — will speak at the General Session Luncheon at noon on June 14. Specializing in counterintelligence investigations, Rangappa’s work involved assessing threats to national security, conducting classified investigations on suspected foreign agents, and performing undercover work. She has taught national security law and related courses at Yale University, Wesleyan University, and University of New Haven.

  • Noah Zandan, CEO and founder of Quantified Communications, will kick off the Adaptable Lawyer track of technology-focused panels with a keynote address at 9 a.m. on June 13 on the science of speaking. Quantified Communications uses the innovative application of data science and analytics to help people measure and strengthen their communication.

  • Josh Team, technologist and president of the world’s largest real estate franchise, Keller Williams, will have a keynote conversation with State Bar of Texas Podcast host Rocky Dhir at 9 a.m. on June 14 about how lawyers can find opportunity in the accelerating pace and speed of innovation.

Other special events include:

  • The 2019 Open Government Seminar (free and open to the public) will feature a legislative update on trends in open government law and a lively panel discussion titled Open Government Law: Vaccine for ‘Fake News’ or Sometime Pathogen? The panel discussion will feature Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., one of the lawyers who represented CNN and reporter Jim Acosta when the White House revoked Acosta’s press pass in 2018. The Open Government Seminar runs from 9 to 11 a.m. on June 14.

  • David McCraw, vice president and deputy general counsel, The New York Times Company, will speak on The Free Press Free-for-All: Rethinking the First Amendment in the Age of Twitter at 1:30 p.m. on June 13.

  • Randy Sorrels of Houston will be sworn in as 2019-2020 president of the State Bar of Texas at noon on June 14 at the General Session Luncheon.

  • Larry McDougal of Richmond will be sworn in as 2019-2020 State Bar president-elect at the board of directors meeting at 9 a.m. on June 13.

Visit and click “event guide” to view the full schedule.

Media note: News media are welcome to attend sessions, but registration is required. Contact the State Bar Public Information Office at 800-204-2222, ext. 1706, or at to register. Upon arrival, sign in at the State Bar Information Booth at the JW Marriott and pick up a media pass for access. The official Annual Meeting hashtag is #sbot19. All media questions concerning the Annual Meeting may be directed to Amy Starnes, State Bar of Texas public information director, at 800-204-2222, ext. 1706, 512-427-1706, or Presentations, materials, advertisements, and other information distributed at Annual Meeting should not be deemed an endorsement by the State Bar of Texas or the views expressed therein. State Bar policy is adopted by the State Bar Board of Directors or by the Supreme Court of Texas through its rulemaking authority.

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