February 2021

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American Bar Association publishes biography of SABA Member, Judge Juan Vasquez
From the Texas Cotton Fields to the United States Tax Court: The Life Journey of Juan F. Vasquez authors, Anthony Head and Mary Theresa Vasquez

"I've always looked up to my father, but reading his story this way has made me humble beyond words to be my father’s son,” says Jaime Vasquez, partner at Chamberlain Hrdlicka.   
Judge Juan F. Vasquez is the first Hispanic American appointed to the United States Tax Court. The book depicts his journey surmounting numerous challenges such as poverty, manual labor, and discrimination.
The cover artwork is a Jesse Treviño commission and represents Judge Vasquez as a child working in the field alongside his grandfather, who raised him. Judge Vasquez’s children, Jaime and Juan Vasquez, Jr., are both tax attorneys and his daughter-in-law is Judge Veronica Vasquez of Probate Court No. 2. Jaime also serves as a SABA Director. He adds, “My father’s story will inspire my children and other children for generations to come.”
SA Bar Foundation Welcomes Fellows Class of 2021
The San Antonio Bar Foundation is pleased to announce the confirmation of 30 new members to the SABF Fellows Program.

Judge Yolanda Huff appointed to the Judicial Commission on Mental Health
Recognized for her expertise, insight and commitment, Judge Yolanda Huff, County Court at Law #12 has been appointed to the Judicial Commission on Mental Health. Created in 2018 by the Supreme Court of Texas and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the Commission develops and implements policy initiatives designed to improve the justice system’s interaction with those who have mental health challenges.
David B. West Joins Caldwell, East & Finlayson

Caldwell East & Finlayson, PLLC, is pleased to announce that David B. West has joined the firm as a Partner.

Mr. West represents banks, trust departments, businesses, families and non-profits in disputes involving trusts and estates, banking, business and property disputes. An experienced litigation attorney, West is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Civil Trial Law and has represented clients in more than 50 jury and non-jury trials and arbitrations in federal and state courts.  

The 4th Court of Appeals selects Michael Ritter as its Original Proceedings Attorney
The 4th Court of Appeals has selected Michael Ritter to be its next Original Proceedings Attorney (OPA). The primary responsibility of the OPA is to work for and with all seven judges in handling original proceedings, including initial screening of all petitions for extraordinary writs and related motions, such as emergency motions for temporary relief, and written and oral analysis of the law as applied to the facts presented.

Michael Ritter position as the OPA began on January 1, 2021. 

Commission on
Judicial Selection
Commission on Judicial Selection Final Report

The Texas Commission on Judicial Selection submitted their final report to the Governor and Legislature December 30, 2020. The 64-page report includes a one-page executive summary. San Antonio was one of four Texas cities visited by the Commission to collect public input. Many SABA members testified at that forum and other Commission meetings. SABA also conducted a member survey regarding judicial selection and submitted the Survey Report to the Commission. The full report can be viewed here: VIEW REPORT >

SABA / SABF / SAYLA Calls for 2021 Award Nominations
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

All nominations and supporting materials are due by noon,Thursday, February 25, 2021CLICK HERE.
In Memory of: Mike Ferrell

From: David West
In Memory of: Gene Labay

From: David West
In Memory of: Dick Brady

From: David West
In Memory of: Karen Stern (wife of Dan Stern)

From: David West
In Memory of: Hon. Thomas M. Reavley
Justice, 5th Circuit Court of Appeals

From: David West
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