State Bar of Texas
April 30, 2010

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Bob Black of Beaumont Named President-elect of State Bar of Texas;
Natalie Cobb Koehler of Meridian Named President-elect of Texas Young Lawyers Association

AUSTIN - State Bar of Texas officials tonight announced that Bob Black of Beaumont was elected by the state's lawyers to serve as president-elect of the organization. Natalie Cobb Koehler was elected president-elect of the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA).

Bob BlackBob Black

Bob Black is the managing shareholder at MehaffyWeber, where his practice is concentrated in mediation, arbitration, and civil litigation. He has served as chair of the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors, Policy Manual Subcommittee, Facilities & Equipment Subcommittee, and co-chaired the Nominations and Elections Subcommittee. He was honored last year by the State Bar Board of Directors and past presidents with a Certificate of Merit for his leadership and outstanding contributions to the legal profession, and is a recipient of a Presidential Citation. Black has held various officer positions in the Jefferson County Young Lawyers Association and is a past president of the Jefferson County Bar Association. He has served on two statewide committees on legal services to the poor. He is a frequent speaker on negotiation and mediation. He is a member of the State Bar's Alternative Dispute Resolution and Litigation Sections.

Black also serves as a trustee of the Texas Bar Foundation and on its executive committee, and chaired the Grant Review Committee which overhauled grant policies. He is a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and the American Bar Foundation. He is a former president of the Humane Society of Southeast Texas. He earned a B.A. from the University of Texas at El Paso and a J.D. summa cum laude from Texas Tech University School of Law.

Bob BlackNatalie Cobb

Natalie Cobb Koehler is the Bosque County attorney and a sole practitioner in Meridian. She currently serves as vice president of the Texas Young Lawyers Association. A TYLA director since 2007, Koehler served as TYLA secretary in 2008-09. She has served as executive committee adviser to the Family Law/Seniors Outreach/Children's Rights and Low Income Texans committees and co-chair and vice chair of the State Moot Court Competition. As the adviser to the Family Law Committee, Koehler envisioned and produced TYLA's video, Healing the Wounds: Navigating the Legal System After Surviving Domestic Abuse. She authored the TYLA pamphlet Ending the Violence: How to Obtain a Texas Protective Order. A three-time recipient of the TYLA President's Award of Merit, Koehler is also a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and past president of the Erath County Bar Association. She volunteers as a weekend camp counselor at Camp John Marc and serves on the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo "Go Texan" Committee. Koehler earned a B.S. from Texas A&M University and J.D. from South Texas College of Law.

Black and Koehler will be sworn in as presidents-elect during the State Bar's Annual Meeting June 10-11, 2010 in Fort Worth, and will serve as president of the State Bar and TYLA respectively from June 2011 until June 2012.

Also elected to the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors are Roy Dayton Brantley of College Station, Greg M. Dykeman of Beaumont, Michael W. McDonald of Hillsboro, Christina Melton Crain of Dallas, Jo Ann Merica of Austin, Victor H. Negron, Jr. of San Antonio, Barrett H. Reasoner of Houston, R.W. "Ricky" Richards of Jacksonville, Stephen J. Schechter of Boerne, and Frank E. Stevenson II of Dallas.

The State Bar of Texas is an administrative agency of the Supreme Court of Texas that provides educational programs for the legal profession and the public, administers the minimum continuing legal education program for attorneys, and manages the attorney disciplinary system.

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