State Bar of Texas
February 12, 2008

Contact: Kim Davey, 800.204.2222 x 1713 or 512.427.1713

El Paso and Texarkana Lawyers Named TYLA President-elect Candidates

(Austin) – The race for the next leader of the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) will extend from border to border as Cori Harbour of El Paso and Kristie Wright of Texarkana compete in an election to be held this spring.

Cori Harbour of The Harbour Law Firm, P.C. in El Paso currently serves as TYLA vice president and president-elect of the El Paso Bar Association. She is immediate past president of Planned Parenthood Center of El Paso, and has served as an instructor at the University of Texas at El Paso since 2002. Harbour has served on the TYLA Board of Directors since 2003 and was named El Paso's Outstanding Young Lawyer in 2001. She participates as a mentor in the Positive Role Model Program in El Paso. She is a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and the El Paso Bar Foundation.

Harbour earned a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University, and is licensed to practice law in Texas and New Mexico. Kristie Wright is a senior associate with Haltom & Doan in and a former assistant district attorney for Anderson and Bowie counties. She has served on the TYLA Board of Directors since 2005 and has chaired numerous committees. Wright is a founding member, past-president and current advisor to the executive committee of the Texarkana Young Lawyers Association. She is president-elect of the Texarkana Teen Court Board of Directors, a volunteer for the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Northeast Texas and a member of the Texarkana Kiwanis Club.

Wright earned her B.A. cum laude from Austin College in Sherman, and a J.D. from Baylor University School of Law. She is licensed to practice in Texas and Arkansas. The president-elect will serve as TYLA president from June 2009 through May 2010.

TYLA, widely recognized as the public service arm of the State Bar of Texas, develops and presents law-related curriculum to school students to help educate them about our justice system; produces consumer information pamphlets and provides free legal clinics for the public; and assists Texas young lawyers in the practice of law. All licensed Texas lawyers who are 36 years old or younger or who are in their first five years of licensure, regardless of age, are automatically members of TYLA.