STATE BAR BOARD UPDATE
Proposed Rule Changes Move Forward
From left: Dallas District Director Jerry C. Alexander was elected
2019-2020 chair of the board. Jeffrey W. Allison, of Houston, was sworn
in as a new public member to a term on the board expiring in 2020.
The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors voted April 26 to advance proposed changes to disciplinary rules regarding clients with diminished capacity and confidentiality of information, in a step that could eventually lead to a referendum election.
The Committee on Disciplinary Rules and Referenda, or CDRR, has recommended changes related to Rule 1.02 Scope and Objectives of Representation, Rule 1.16 Clients with Diminished Capacity, and Rule 1.05 Confidentiality of Information.
The committee voted in November to recommend the proposals to the board after publishing them in the Texas Bar Journal and Texas Register, holding a public hearing, and requesting and studying additional public feedback. While the board approved the proposed changes, it also voted to delay submitting them to the Texas Supreme Court so it could first consider other proposed rules that the committee may recommend.
The board ultimately will petition the court to order a referendum on the proposed changes, as provided by Texas Government Code § 81.0878. The proposed changes can be viewed at texasbar.com/CDRR, under “Docketed Requests.”
Finance and budget. The board voted to submit the proposed 2019-2020 fiscal year budget to the Supreme Court for review and approval. The proposed budget and other financial documents are available at texasbar.com/finances.
New board chair. Dallas District Director Jerry C. Alexander was elected 2019-2020 chair of the board. He is president of Passman & Jones and a former president of the Dallas Bar Association.
New public member. Jeffrey W. Allison, of Houston, was sworn in as a new public member. The Supreme Court appointed Allison, regulatory manager for Kinder Morgan Midstream, to a term on the board expiring in 2020.
New at-large directors. The board appointed two at-large directors—Andrés E. Almanzán, of El Paso, and Luis M. Cardenas, of Edinburg—to three-year terms beginning this month.
Resolution presented. Meeting in Georgetown, the board approved resolutions in honor of former 3rd Court of Appeals in Austin Justice Cindy Olson Bourland and attorney Ed Walsh, both of Round Rock.
Staff Excellence Awards. Executive Director Trey Apffel presented quarterly Staff Excellence Awards to Caitlin Bumford, director of archives, and Emma Martin, archival specialist, for their work, including a digitization project that will make a significant portion of the State Bar’s archives publicly available online.TBJ
To watch a video of the meeting or to read the agenda and background materials, go to texasbar.com/board.