January 2021

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Exercise Your Right to Vote on Proposed Disciplinary Rules
by Marc E. Gravely and Santos Vargas
State Bar of Texas Directors, District 10
Texas lawyers’ first vote on disciplinary rules in a decade will take place from February 2 to March 4. We, your elected State Bar of Texas directors from Bexar County, encourage you to review the proposed disciplinary rule amendments and exercise your right to vote.

As lawyers, we are unique among professionals in Texas in that our system of self-governance gives us the right to vote on the people who represent us, the rules that regulate us, and the dues we pay for the right and privilege to practice our profession. This system works best when all lawyers engage in the work of bar governance. In 2021, you will have a chance to do just that.
CLE Proposed Disciplinary Rules Public Forum
1:00pm-2:00pm CST

  • January 5 (1 p.m. CST)
  • January 14 (1 p.m. CST)
  • January 26 (1 p.m. CST)
  • February 9 (1 p.m. CST)

Each event will include an approximately one-hour CLE presentation* on the proposed disciplinary rule amendments (approved for MCLE ethics credit) featuring members of the Committee on Disciplinary Rules and Referenda, followed immediately by a live forum where attendees can ask questions or make comments regarding the proposed amendments. Recordings will also be available for on-demand viewing at later dates.

Earn an hour of ethics CLE and learn more about the proposed rules.

Does your member profile need to be updated? Please update new information and/or upload a current picture!
2021 Directory going to print
Update your member profile & photo by Friday!
Individual profile links were sent to member email on December 9. Please be sure to make changes to your contact information and update your photo by close of business, THIS FRIDAY, January 8, 2021.
If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact membership@sabar.org.

SABA / SABF / SAYLA Calls for 2021 Award Nominations
It's awards season! Nominations are currently being accepted for:

  • SABA Lifetime Achievement Award (Joe Frazier Brown Sr. Award of Excellence)
  • SABF Outstanding Lawyer in Community Service (Carolyn Thurmond Award)
  • SABF Peacemaker Award
  • SAYLA Outstanding Young Lawyer Award
  • SAYLA Liberty Bell Award
  • SAYLA Outstanding Mentor Award

Nominations may be submitted online or on the downloadable forms. All nominations and supporting materials are due by noon,Thursday, February 25, 2021. Winners will be recognized at the San Antonio Bar Foundation's Gala Benefit at a later date.

To view award requirements, submit an online nomination or print a nomination form, CLICK HERE.

Texas Bar Foundation final call for 2021 Award Nominations
The Texas Bar Foundation is calling for nominations for the 2021 Awards Program! The Texas Bar Foundation award categories include but are not limited to: Outstanding 50 Year Lawyer Award, Dan Rugeley Price Memorial Award, and Ronald D. Secrest Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award.

To nominate someone you know, CLICK HERE.
Top four pictures: Patty Vargas and daughter, Laura, deliver bags from Davis & Santos.

Middle picture & bottom left: Brewster Firm of Mark Brewster, Greg Geerdes, Sean Beiter, David Brewster, and Nancy Godinez-Cuello joining together.

Bottom right: Maricela Cavazos on her way to dropping off her donations.
SABA PROUD – Members demonstrate the virtue of service 
A rousing success to benefit the San Antonio Children's Shelter  
The William S. Sessions Inn of Court Outreach Group issued a challenge to bar associations in Bexar County to provide new residents and clients of the SA Children’s Shelter with sturdy roller bags filled with personal items.  
SABA members exemplified the season and answered this call to action, but we blew passed our initial goal of 50 bags and delivered 96 filled bags!  Thank you to all of those who participated and helped us show what SABA proud means! 
The Inn of Court Outreach Group Leader, Ileta! Sumner, shares, “Thank you to Inn member Judge Rosie Speedlin Gonzalez for identifying this community need (and bringing Santa to the Collection Day); thanks to the SABA and Bexar County Women’s Bar Association for the extra publicity.  Thank you to every participant for helping to instill confidence in the life of children whose futures are not clear.” 

The winners for most donated bags for each category are as followed: 

Court or Clerk's office
Justice Beth Watkins, Fourth Court of Appeals

Solo Practitioner
Sunny Middleton, Middleton Law Firm

Small Firm (2-6 attorneys)
Law Offices of Christina Molitor, P.C. 

Medium Firm (7-12 attorneys)
Davis & Santos, P.C.

Large Firm (13-29 attorneys)
Hornberger Fuller Garza & Cohen, Inc

X-Large Firm (30+ attorneys)
Norton Rose Fulbright US, LLP

To see full list of donors, CLICK HERE.
VOLUNTEER AS A MENTOR – Registration closes today, Jan 4!
VOLUNTEER AS A MENTOR – We’ve made it easy and predictable!

Are you an attorney who attended law school in a part-time program? Did you have a non-traditional or unusual path to legal practice? Are you a lawyer willing to share your experience and expertise with law students?
We are looking for Attorney-Mentors to participate in the Mentor Circle (Jan-Mar). Mentors work in pairs and meet once a month with a small group of law students. Sign up by January 4 (TODAY) to volunteer and influence the talent pipeline of San Antonio’s lawyers-in-training HERE (note: you will be asked to upload a headshot).
In Memory of: Bruce Spindler

From: Gilbert Vara
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