State Bar of Texas
May 2, 2011

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F.R. "Buck" Files, Jr. of Tyler Named President-elect of State Bar of Texas;
C.E. Rhodes of Houston Named President-elect of Texas Young Lawyers Association

AUSTIN - State Bar of Texas officials tonight announced that F.R. "Buck" Files, Jr. of Tyler was elected by the state's lawyers to serve as president-elect of the organization. C.E. Rhodes of Houston was elected president-elect of the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA).

Buck Files is a shareholder and founding member of Bain, Files, Jarrett, Bain & Harrison, PC in Tyler, where he practices criminal defense law. He is board certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS), and in criminal trial advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Files, who chairs the State Bar of Texas Continuing Legal Education Committee and is a frequent presenter, has served on the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors, Smith County Bar Association Board of Directors, and is a charter member and former director of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, College of the State Bar of Texas, and a sustaining life fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. He serves on the TBLS Board and chaired the TBLS Criminal Law Advisory Commission, served on the State Bar District 2 Grievance Committee, and is a past president of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra Association. Files has been awarded a State Bar Presidential Citation and Outstanding Third Year Director Award, Defense Lawyer of the Year by the State Bar Criminal Justice Section, and Justinian Award by the Smith County Bar Association.

He earned a B.A. from Austin College, where he currently serves on the Board of Trustees, a Masters in Liberal Arts from Southern Methodist University, a J.D. from Southern Methodist University School of Law, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

C.E. Rhodes is U.S. Operations and Compliance Counsel to Baker Hughes, Inc. in Houston, where he advises management and employees. He currently serves as the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Representative for south and central Texas and as a liaison to the TYLA Board. A TYLA director since 2004, Rhodes served as TYLA chair during 2009-10 and as an executive committee advisor to the Community Education/Consumer Affairs Committee, which created R U Safe: Protecting Yourself in Cyber Space. As co-chair of the TYLA Member Services and Outreach Committee, he co-authored Office in a Flash and co-authored and produced Justice 101: The Client's Guide to Litigation. He also co-authored and produced TYLA's Emmy-award winning video, They Had a Dream Too: Young Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. In 2007, Rhodes was the recipient of the Joseph M. Pritchard Outstanding TYLA Director of the Year Award. He received his J.D. from Emory University School of Law. Rhodes received his B.A. in History from the University of Virginia, where he played football.

Files and Rhodes will be sworn in as presidents-elect during the State Bar's Annual Meeting June 23-24, 2011 in San Antonio, and will serve as president of the State Bar and TYLA respectively from June 2012 until June 2013.

Also elected to the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors are T. Mark Kelly, Daniel D. Horowitz III and Christopher K. Gilbert of Houston, Ike Vanden Eykel and Andy Payne of Dallas, David P. Whittlesey of Austin, Steve Fischer of Rockport, John Kazen of Laredo, Cindy V. Tisdale of Granbury, and Cori A. Harbour of El Paso.

Detailed election results are available here.

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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