2021-2022 State Bar President-elect Candidates
The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors approved the nominations of Sara E. Dysart, of San Antonio, and Laura Gibson, of Houston, as president-elect candidates at its meeting on September 25, 2020. Texas lawyers will vote for the president-elect and district directors from April 1 to April 30. The winner will serve as president-elect from June 2021 to June 2022 and as president from June 2022 to June 2023. For more information, go to texasbar.com/elections.
Sara E. Dysart
Sara E. Dysart, a solo practitioner in San Antonio, is certified in commercial real estate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She earned her J.D. from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 1981. Dysart served on the State Bar Board of Directors from 2012 to 2015 and was co-chair of the State Bar Annual Meeting Committee in 2015. She has served on the St. Mary’s University School of Law Board of Visitors since 2016 and has been its chair since 2018. Dysart served on the San Antonio Bar Association Board of Directors from 2010 to 2012, has been a member of the Texas Bar College Board of Directors since 2019, and has been a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers since 2011.
She has won numerous awards, including a State Bar Presidents’ Award in 2016; a State Bar Presidential Citation in 2015; the San Antonio Bar Foundation Peacemaker Award in 2014; the San Antonio Bar Association President’s Award in 2007, 2012, and 2015; the Association of Corporate Counsel South Texas Chapter 2017 C. Lee Cusenbary Ethical Life Award; and the Texas Bar Foundation 2020 Terry Lee Grantham Memorial Award.
Laura Gibson is a Houston-based partner in Dentons and head of the Texas Employment & Labor Group. She earned her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center in December 1984 and joined Locke Lord in 1985. She made partner in the firm in 1992. In 1993, she co-founded a four-lawyer firm where she practiced until 2016 when she joined Dentons. Gibson has been certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2001 and currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Goodwill Industries of Houston. She is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University.
Gibson was 2018-2019 chair of the State Bar Board of Directors. She served as District 4 director from 2016 to 2019 and served on the Executive Committee and Nominations and Elections Subcommittee. She is a past co-chair of the Texas Minority Counsel Program Steering Committee.
Gibson served as 2011-2012 president of the Association of Women Attorneys and founded the Premier Women in Law Luncheon. She served as 2015-2016 president of the Houston Bar Association. In 2013, Gibson received the Trailblazer Outside Counsel of the Year Award from the Texas Minority Counsel Program for her commitment to diversity.