Together as A Profession

This is my last President’s Page. Many months ago, I thought this last page would spotlight some of the year’s State Bar activities and briefly express appreciation to all who contributed. Then later, at the Annual Meeting, I could share more specifics and thank people in person. But times have changed. Today, the Annual Meeting has been canceled, I am back to work as a full-time lawyer and getting together with a large number of people doesn’t seem likely anytime soon.

More importantly, I have ongoing concerns for our entire profession, including our lawyers, our families, and all of our work colleagues. Indeed, we face many unanswered questions and uncertainties. But I am confident that our State Bar will continue its efforts to assist us in our lives and practices in today’s world. For up-to-date State Bar resources, go to Together as a profession we will overcome the challenges we face.

I still want to give some words of appreciation:

  1. Thank you to the lawyer volunteers and professionals of the State Bar of Texas who are more dedicated than ever to the work and mission of the lawyers of Texas. Over the past year, I have tried to spotlight significant efforts our organization has made to be a State Bar that is by the lawyers, of the lawyers, and for the lawyers of Texas. Our State Bar professionals and our lawyer volunteers have done terrific work keeping our bar running and improving it at the same time. I can’t thank each of you enough for your efforts. And thank you, Executive Director Trey Apffel. You lead an amazing group of professionals!

  2. Thank you to my wife, Alex; my family; and my law partners who have been along for this bar effort. There are sacrifices that each has made and I hope each knows how appreciative I am. My wife, in particular, has been instrumental in supporting me and encouraging me. I love you. And thank you, Benny, Mo, and Brandt—my law partners. Without your backing as a law firm, this year as president would not have been possible.

  3. Thank you colleagues! As our society gets back up and running, I know the rule of law will continue to be a cornerstone of our country. We, the lawyers and judges of Texas and throughout this nation, will be vital in our nation’s recovery. So I thank all of you who will continue to do the job necessary to preserve and protect our legal system, our system of government, the rights and privileges that have been fought for and afforded to us, and to secure the return of our nation to normalcy. You are the real difference makers.

If we had conducted the Annual Meeting in Dallas as originally scheduled, I would have recognized so many more people who continue to make our profession great and our bar the very best in the country. Those of you who have contributed in this past year know how much you have done. So please know how much you are appreciated. I also want to wish Larry McDougal the very best in his new role as president of the State Bar of Texas. I know he will make a terrific president and will serve our bar admirably. Look for more great things from our State Bar under Larry’s leadership.

Godspeed to each of you!


Randy Sorrels

President, State Bar of Texas

Randy Sorrels can be reached by email at or or by phone at (713) 222-7211 (office) or (713) 582-8005 (cell).


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