State Bar of Texas
June 14, 2013
Contact: Lowell Brown,, (800) 204-2222, ext. 1715 or (512) 427-1715

Dallas to Host State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting

DALLAS – The State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting will take place June 20-21, 2013, at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. Featured speakers include:

Hon. Samuel Alito, U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Sen. John Cornyn, U.S. Senator
Hon. Wallace B. Jefferson, Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court
Alan Lowe
, Director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library

Special events include “The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald” at the Probate Court No. 1 in the Old Criminal Courts Building with the Hon. Sarah Saldaña serving as prosecutor. The Legislative Update will provide an overview of the 83rd Texas Legislature, which will include updates in most major practice areas. The Adaptable Lawyer Track, which spans two days, offers practical technology tips and trends. The Diversity Forum will include a panel discussion moderated by Walter Sutton of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. on diversity in corporate America. The public is invited to attend the free Open Government Seminar on Friday morning, which will focus on the latest trends in open-government legislation in Texas.

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Lisa M. Tatum of San Antonio will be sworn in as president of the State Bar of Texas, and outgoing president Buck Files of Tyler will celebrate his successful year. Trey Apffel of League City will become president-elect.

Kristy Blanchard of Plano will be sworn in as president of the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA), assuming the leadership role from C.E. Rhodes of Houston. Rebekah Steely Brooker of Dallas will become TYLA president-elect.

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 discipline system.

Media note: News media is welcome to attend sessions at no charge, but registration is required. Contact the State Bar Public Information Office at (800) 204-2222, ext. 1715 to register. Upon arrival, sign in at the State Bar Information Booth at the Hilton Anatole to pick up a media pass for access. Audio/video recording generally is allowed at Annual Meeting events with the following exceptions: (1) Video recording is not allowed for Justice Alito’s speech, and audio recording of the speech is allowed for note-taking purposes only. Still photography is allowed. (2) The Oswald trial is being presented in partnership with Belo Corp. and is not open to the general media.