Annual Meeting Round-Up: Tom Melsheimer on representing high-profile clients and winning trials big or small

Dallas Mavericks owner and TV star Mark Cuban is worth billions of dollars, so it made sense when he hired Texas attorney Tom Melsheimer—described by D magazine as “a man Tom Wolfe might have dubbed a Master of the Universe”—to represent him for several legal matters, including his 2013 insider trading case. Last week, Melsheimer, a principal in Fish & Richardson, reflected on this experience during the Antitrust and Business Section’s panel “Inside the Insider Trading Trial of Mark Cuban,” held at the State Bar of Texas 2015 Annual Meeting in San Antonio. Melsheimer dished advice on representing high-profile clients, tips on how to run an effective trial, and several funny Mark Cuban-isms.

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Register now for the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting

The countdown is on for the 2015 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting! Registration is now open for the conference, which will take place from June 18 to 19 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Antonio.

Along with the opportunity to earn a year’s worth of CLE, attendees can choose from a variety of special programming, including:

- Early Morning Ethics—Complimentary breakfast and three ethics topics.

- Adaptable Lawyer—The latest in technology and innovation, featuring the popular “60 Apps in 60 Minutes” and "Ignite" presentations.

- Diversity Forum—How can diversity help attract, keep, and serve clients?

Additionally, the following keynote speakers are scheduled:

- Evan Smith, editor in chief and CEO, the Texas Tribune

- Judge Ken Starr, president and chancellor, Baylor University

- Fred Bartlit Jr., trial counsel for President Bush in the 2000 Florida “hanging chads” trial

The deadline for hotels and early registration is May 18. For more information, go to


(L to R): Evan Smith, Ken Starr, and Fred Bartlit Jr. are
scheduled to speak during the 2015 State Bar of Texas
Annual Meeting.

Video coverage of 2014 Annual Meeting now on Texas Bar TV

The State Bar of Texas has captured some of the highlights from the 2014 Annual Meeting in Austin and posted videos from the event to its Texas Bar TV YouTube channel.

Watch Bench Bar Breakfast keynote speakers Lynda Johnson Robb, daughter of former President Lyndon Baines Johnson, and Austin lawyer Larry Temple, who served as special counsel to LBJ, discuss Johnson’s role in passing the Civil Rights Act, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and see Bar Leaders Recognition Luncheon keynote speaker Bobby R. Inman, former director of the National Security Agency, discuss security threats around the world. 

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State Bar welcomes new board directors

The State Bar of Texas recently welcomed new members to its board of directors at the 2014 Annual Meeting held in Austin on June 26-27, 2014. These included 2014-2015 State Bar President-elect Allan Dubois, Texas Young Lawyers Association President-elect Barrett Thomas, 13 new directors, two liaisons, and two section representatives.


Above: Texas Supreme Court Justice Phil Johnson swears in new members of the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors on June 26 during the 2014 Annual Meeting in Austin.

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Bench Bar Breakfast speakers remember LBJ's instrumental role in the Civil Rights Act of 1964

As panelists for the Bench Bar Breakfast readied for a discussion on Lyndon Baines Johnson’s role in the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Lynda Johnson Robb, eldest daughter of the former president, reminded the audience of Texas lawyers that “nobody can understand Lyndon Johnson’s mind.” Then she and fellow panelists, in commemoration of the act’s 50th anniversary, set out to analyze LBJ’s strategies and actions that led to passing the monumental bill that forever changed American society and race relations. The talk took place at the State Bar of Texas’s Annual Meeting in Austin on June 27, 2014. Robb, who was 20 years old when her father signed the Civil Rights Act, was joined by Austin lawyer Larry Temple, who served as special counsel to LBJ, and panel moderator Talmage Boston, an author and shareholder in Winstead.

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New leadership, recognitions mark 2014 General Session

At the General Session Luncheon on June 27, 2014, during the State Bar of Texas’s Annual Meeting in Austin, 2013-2014 State Bar of Texas President Lisa M. Tatum gave her farewell remarks before Trey Apffel, a League City attorney, was sworn in as the 2014-2015 State Bar president. Apffel, surrounded by his family, shared his objectives for the upcoming bar year, including expanding communication tools and outreach projects.

“My goal will be to engage our members in constructive dialogue and connect attorneys to the programs and services that will help make their practices more productive and their lives less stressful,” Apffel said. “We will continue to search for how we can improve an already efficient, effective, and exemplary bar association.”

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Inman gives Annual Meeting luncheon a global overview of national security risks

Giving the keynote presentation on June 26, 2014, at the State Bar of Texas Bar Leaders Recognition Luncheon at the bar’s Annual Meeting in Austin, former director of the National Security Agency Bobby Ray Inman spoke to the audience about numerous security threats around the world. Among the most serious, he noted weapons of mass destruction, international terrorism, cyber terrorism—noting, “the worst of all is Edward Snowden”—the international narcotics movements, infectious diseases, global trade agreements, and more.

Inman was director of the NSA during America’s post-Watergate period and also was deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency and former director of Naval Intelligence. He has extensive knowledge on intelligence gathering matters, international relations, and national security (President Bill Clinton tapped Inman to be his secretary of defense, although Inman later withdrew before completing Senate hearings). The four-star admiral is a native Texan from the tiny town of Rhonesboro, which is about 50 miles northwest of Marshall, and is the Lyndon B. Johnson centennial chair in national policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Open Government Seminar to focus on 'big data,' online agreements

Experts in law and media will discuss the right to privacy in the age of “big data” and the dangers of not reading online agreements at the State Bar of Texas 2014 Open Government Seminar.

Attorneys and the public are invited to the free seminar, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, June 27, at the Austin Convention Center Room 17A.

“Our committee worked hard to select timely and relevant topics that affect the daily lives of attorneys and non-attorneys alike,” said Rudy England, chair of the State Bar of Texas Public Affairs Committee, which annually sponsors the seminar in conjunction with the bar’s Government Law Section. “We are thrilled we could recruit such a distinguished group of media and legal experts to illuminate these important topics.” 

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From the Bookshelf: New works highlight Civil Rights Act history

Editor's note: The following is reprinted from the June 2014 Texas Bar Journal. Click here to read more on the Civil Rights Act from the latest issue. 

When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law on July 2, 1964, he said it was a product of “months of the most careful debate and discussion.” But in reality, as the president knew, the discourse had been raging for much longer.

“We have talked long enough in this country about equal rights,” Johnson had said during his first presidential address to Congress in November 1963, two days after his predecessor’s funeral. “We have talked for a hundred years or more. It is time now to write the next chapter, and to write it in the books of law.”

Author Todd S. Purdum recounts the scene in An Idea Whose Time Has Come, one of several new books detailing the history of the landmark civil rights legislation. As the State Bar of Texas celebrates the Civil Rights Act’s 50th anniversary during its 2014 Annual Meeting, consider this reading list to help you learn more about the law and its legacy.


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Civil Rights Summit: A roundup of Texas Bar Blog coverage

Pictured: Attorneys David Boies, center, and Theodore Olson, right, discuss their joint effort in arguing against California's Proposition 8 before the U.S. Supreme Court during "Gay Marriage: A Civil Right?", a panel moderated by John Avlon, editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast, at the Civil Rights Summit on Tuesday. (Photo by David Hume Kennerly, courtesy of LBJ Foundation)

The LBJ Presidential Library Civil Rights Summit wrapped up Thursday after three days of panel discussions and speeches about the history and future of civil rights.

The Texas Bar Blog covered many of the activities, and you can find links to the stories below.

The event was held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In June, the State Bar of Texas 2014 Annual Meeting will also commemorate the anniversary of the Civil Rights Act with speeches from Lynda Bird Johnson Robb, daughter of former President Lyndon B. Johnson, who signed the legislation, and LBJ Presidential Library director Mark Updegrove, among others.

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UT historian to speak on Civil Rights Act at SBOT Annual Meeting

University of Texas historian Jeremi Suri will discuss the worldwide effects of the Civil Rights Act at the 2014 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting in Austin.

Suri will present “How the Civil Rights Act Has Impacted the World” from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. June 27 as part of the meeting’s continuing legal education programming.

The meeting, set for June 26-27 at the Hilton Austin and Austin Convention Center, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act with a variety of activities, including a keynote speech by Lynda Bird Johnson Robb, daughter of former President Lyndon B. Johnson, who signed the act, and LBJ Presidential Library director Mark Updegrove.

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LBJ daughter, library director to speak at SBOT Annual Meeting

The State Bar of Texas today is pleased to announce additional keynote speakers for its 2014 Annual Meeting in Austin, which will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Lynda Bird Johnson Robb, daughter of former President Lyndon B. Johnson, who signed the act, and LBJ Presidential Library director Mark Updegrove will speak at the Bench Bar Breakfast on Friday, June 27.

Later that day, National Constitution Center President & CEO Jeffrey Rosen will speak at the meeting’s General Session Luncheon.

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Former NSA director to speak at 2014 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting

Retired U.S. Navy Admiral Bobby R. Inman, a former National Security Agency director, has accepted an invitation to speak at the 2014 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting in Austin.

Inman, who also is a former deputy director of Central Intelligence, will speak on national security Thursday, June 26 at the annual Bar Leaders Recognition Luncheon. The luncheon is part of the State Bar’s Annual Meeting, set for June 26-27, 2014, at the Hilton Austin and Austin Convention Center.

Click here for more information about the State Bar’s Annual Meeting or to reserve a hotel room at the group rate. Follow the State Bar of Texas on Facebook and Twitter for more updates as the meeting approaches.

Deadline for State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting Resolutions

According to Board policy, resolutions must be filed at the Texas Law Center by 5 p.m. April 1, 2013, to be considered at the Annual Meeting in Dallas, June 20-21, 2013.

State Bar Rules require that proposed resolutions be filed with the Executive Director, according to these guidelines. Proposed resolutions should be sent to: State Bar Executive Director, P.O. Box 12487, Austin, TX 78711-2487. The State Bar Resolutions Committee will consider adopting resolutions during the Annual Meeting and submit its recommendations to attendees of the General Session. Adopted resolutions express the majority opinion of individuals attending the General Session, not the majority opinion of State Bar membership.

For more information, please contact Candiss Held (800) 204-2222, Ext. 1416 or