State Bar of Texas
January 28, 2010

Contact:  Kim Davey,, 800.204.2222 x 1713 or 512.427.1713

State Bar of Texas Announces President-Elect Candidates

(Austin) – The State Bar of Texas today announced that attorneys Bob Black of Beaumont and Deborah Bullion of Sugar Land will face off in an election of the state's lawyers this spring to become president of the State Bar of Texas.

Bob Black is the managing shareholder at MehaffyWeber, where his practice is concentrated in mediation, arbitration, and civil litigation. He has served as chair of the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors, Policy Manual Subcommittee, Facilities & Equipment Subcommittee, and co-chaired the Nominations and Elections Subcommittee. He was honored last year by the State Bar Board of Directors and past presidents with a Certificate of Merit for his leadership and outstanding contributions to the legal profession, and is a recipient of a Presidential Citation. Black has held various officer positions in the Jefferson County Young Lawyers Association and is a past president of the Jefferson County Bar Association. He has served on two statewide committees on legal services to the poor. He is a frequent speaker on negotiation and mediation. He is a member of the State Bar's Alternative Dispute Resolution and Litigation Sections.

Black also serves as a trustee of the Texas Bar Foundation and on its executive committee, and chaired the Grant Review Committee which overhauled grant policies. He is a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and the American Bar Foundation. He is a former president of the Humane Society of Southeast Texas.

He earned a B.A. from the University of Texas at El Paso and a J.D. summa cum laude from Texas Tech University School of Law.

Debbie Bullion is a partner at Gascoyne & Bullion, P.C. in Sugar Land. She has maintained an active litigation practice for 25 years. She has served on the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors, as chair of the Legislative Policy Committee, Member Services and Education Committee, and New Directors Orientation. Bullion was honored last year with the Outstanding Third Year Director Award and received a Presidential Citation for her leadership through the Legislative Session. She has served on the Legislative Committee for the Texas Access to Justice Commission, and is a life fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. She is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, Texas Association of Defense Counsel, College of the State Bar of Texas, and the Litigation and Consumer Law Sections of the State Bar of Texas. She served on the Governing Council for the Consumer Law Section for over 10 years, serving as secretary and chair of that section.

Bullion is also a member of the Fort Bend County Bar Association and the Houston Bar Association. She has served as a board advisor to the Litigation Council, Judicial Section and Consumer Law Section. She was appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas to the Professional Ethics Committee, is a member of the CLE Committee, and a frequent lecturer and author at continuing legal education courses. She also serves as PTO president at Fort Settlement Middle School.

She earned a B.A. summa cum laude from Stephen F. Austin State University and a J.D. with distinction from St. Mary's University School of Law.

Election results will be announced April 30. The president-elect will serve as president of the State Bar of Texas from June 2011 until June 2012.

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.