March 2021

Subpoena is the monthly SABA e-newsletter. Scroll down to read Section, Committee and Briefly member news.
To submit news items CLICK HERE. Inclusion of submitted material is at the discretion of the SABA editors.
Slate Candidates for SABA Board Elections 
The SABA Nomination Committee is pleased to present the slate for the election of the SABA Board of Directors. 
Other nominations may be made by submitting to the SABA Nomination Committee a written petition signed by 25 SABA members, requesting and designating the name or names of other members to be placed on the list of candidates. The deadline for submission of petition candidates is March 26 at NOON CST
Officer Candidates 

President-elect: Lawrence Morales, II
Treasurer: Donna McElroy 
Secretary: Steve Chiscano 

Director Candidates 

Four Board Members shall be elected from the following candidates:  
Kacy Cigarroa 
Tiffanie Clausewitz 
James Griffin 
Joe Hinojosa 
Grant McFarland 
Rachel Reuter 
Patricia “Patty” Rouse Vargas 
Jaime Vasquez 
The online election will be conducted April 1-22. The election closes April 22 at 5pm CST. The 2021-2022 Board of Directors will be announced in the May Subpoena.   
We extend our gratitude to the SABA Nomination Committee: Tom Crosley, David Evans, Dawn Finlayson, Aric Garza, Ty Sheehan, the Hon. Rebecca Simmons and Santos Vargas.  
Dawn Finlayson
Memorial Service
Thursday, March 18, 2021
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CST)

The SABA community lost a beloved attorney and bar leader with the passing of Dawn Finlayson, our SABA president-elect. We invite you to a virtual memorial program and reception to share stories and memories of our dear friend. 
Dawn Finlayson Scholarship Fund $10K Challenge

The Siebert Foundation has offered a matching grant of $10,000 by March 10. Please help us reach that goal!

One of Dawn’s president projects was to support the talent pipeline of college bound high school students who demonstrated talent and interest in social justice and the law. Please join us in funding this important work through a contribution to this fund.

Mail checks payable to:
San Antonio Bar Foundation
100 Dolorosa, 5th Floor
San Antonio Texas 78205
Attn: Dawn Finlayson Scholarship


Make an online contribution below
Duncan, Bressler & Williamson, Inc. announces Joseph L. Koehl as a shareholder.

Joseph Koehl received his B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin, his J.D. from Baylor Law School, and studied at Tulane’s Paris Institute of European Legal Studies in Paris, France. Board Certified in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law, he represents landowners in a variety of energy and real estate transactions, and assists families with their estate planning and probate needs. 

Jackson Walker is pleased to announce the election of Erica Benites Giese to partnership.

Before joining Jackson Walker’s Investigations & White Collar Defense group, Erica served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Western District of Texas. In that role, she served as Chief of the Financial Litigation Unit and the San Antonio and Del Rio divisions. She also spearheaded the creation of a Suspicious Activity Report Review Team in the San Antonio and Del Rio divisions, which resulted in her gaining a wealth of knowledge in Anti-Money Laundering compliance-related issues for financial institutions.

Chasnoff | Stribling Adds Two New Attorneys

Chasnoff Mungia Valkenaar Pepping & Stribling, LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Chad Schreiber (left) and Megan Sturm (right) to the Firm. Chad joins as Counsel in our insurance coverage group, while Megan will be an Associate in the Firm’s commercial litigation group.

SABA Members receive honors from Texas Bar Foundation

Texas Bar Foundation has awarded Judge Xavier Rodriguez, US District Court, Western District of Texas (left) with the Samuel Pessarra Outstanding Jurist Award.

Additionally, Allan K. DuBois (right) will be awarded with the Outstanding 50 Year Lawyer Award.

Judge Xavier and Allan will be recognized alongside other award recipients on June 18, 2021 at Texas Bar Foundation's Annual Dinner in Fort Worth.

SABA Members appointed to Select Committee on Winter Storm Preparedness and Response

Mayor Ron Nirenberg has formed a special seven-member committee which includes Manny Pelaez (left) and Lisa Tatum (right) to assess the local response to last week's devastating storms and find out "what can be done to be better prepared for the future."

"It is our duty to report to the community how our emergency response operations and public utilities got in this situation," Nirenberg wrote in a Monday message to San Antonio attorneys and City Manager Erik Walsh, whom the mayor asked for support. 

Michael J. Ritter nominated as the first openly LGBTQ+ candidate in an election for state bar office

Michael J. Ritter has been nominated to run for President of the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA). TYLA is a division of the State Bar of Texas, an administrative agency within the judicial branch of the State of Texas. The TYLA President serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the State Bar.

Ritter is the first candidate openly from the LGBTQ+ community to run in an election for a statewide State Bar office. If elected, he would be the first person in Texas history openly from the LGBTQ+ community elected to serve in a statewide position in Texas’s Judicial Branch. This election is also historic because it is the first election in State Bar history to be entirely virtual.

SABF Winter Storm Response Resources Page

SABA has added a curated section of Bexar County specific legal and recovery resources, including frequently asked questions, on our FOR THE PUBLIC website.  
The FOR THE PUBLIC website is separate, but linked to the SABA member website. FOR THE PUBLIC is designed for San Antonio residents who are looking for legal assistance. You can view the website here:  
This page will be updated throughout the week and we welcome your input of legal resources to add to this page. Simply email the link to
We have included, below, a short cut and paste paragraph with the link for you to use as needed.  

This community resource compiled by the
San Antonio Bar Association contains curated legal and
 recovery resources you may find helpful. CLICK HERE. 

EXTENDED DEADLINE: 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, March 4, 2021CLICK HERE.
In Memory of: Roland R. Esparza

From: Gilbert Vara Jr.
In Memory of: Warner "Lamoine." Holland III

From: Thomas Veitch
In Memory of: David B. Person

From: Thomas Veitch
In Memory of: Ben Alton Wallis Jr.

From: Thomas Veitch
Featured Vendor: CLE Online
Are you looking for more CLE opportunities? offers SABA members 15% off courses! Use your exclusive SABA code: SABA0720 at checkout to receive your discount.

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Waller at
Have a Story to Share?
Like and Follow Us On Social!