State Bar of Texas Minority Director Sought

Nominations are now being accepted for minority director for the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors. Self nominations will not be accepted. Four appointed positions were created on the board in order to increase minority participation as well as to provide representation from varying professional, geographic, and social environments. One position will become vacant in 2014.

Nominees will be selected by an ad hoc committee comprised of members from the State Bar Board, Women in the Profession Committee, and the Racial Diversity in the Profession Committee. Nominees will be responsible for their own expenses related to the interview process. The ad hoc committee will submit two nominations for each vacant position to the president of the State Bar, and the president will appoint one of those nominees. The board of directors will consider the appointee for approval at its meeting on April 25, 2014. Minority directors serve threeyear terms, and the terms begin on June 25, 2014.

Criteria for selection:

Any minority lawyer in good standing with the State Bar is eligible to be nominated as a minority
member director, provided such lawyer has never served, or is not currently serving as a minority member director or as an elected director. To the fullest extent possible, the nominating committee shall only nominate persons who demonstrate the sensitivity and knowledge, gained from experiences in the profession and the community, necessary to represent the interests of minority lawyers.

A minority member of the State Bar is any lawyer who is female, African American, Hispanic American, Native American, or Asian American.

The nominating committee shall be guided, but not limited, by the following criteria in selecting its
nominees for minority member director:

• The minority population of the area in which the candidate resides and practices.
• The degree of minority representation already on the State Bar Board of Directors from a particular geographic area.
• Demonstration of leadership ability.
• Involvement in civic or political activities within the minority community.
• Participation in minority bar associations.
• Participation in local bar, State Bar, and American Bar Association committees and activities.
• Year of licensure.
• Number and content of recommendation letters.
• Ethnicity and gender.

Deadline for nominations is December 16, 2013. Persons interested in being nominated for the position should submit the following: a nomination letter from a third party, and a resume including information on bar participation, civic and political activities, ethnicity, gender, place of residence, and letters of recommendation (typically three to five).

Submit the information requested to:
Jaime Balli, Chair
Ad Hoc Committee to Select Minority Directors
c/o State Bar of Texas
1414 Colorado Street, Ste. 300
Austin, TX 78701-1627

Self-nominations will not be accepted. (Please note that applying to be a minority director does not preclude an applicant from running from a geographic area. Petitions for the elected board member positions must be received at the State Bar headquarters by March 1, 2014, in order to be considered.)

TMCP Save the Date - Houston

The State Bar of Texas Office of Minority Affairs invites you to a complimentary TMCP networking event on Thursday, July 21, 2011 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. This is a great opportunity to network with other legal professionals in the Houston area. You must RSVP by July 18. Read the full details [PDF].

The mission of the TMCP is to increase opportunities for minority and women attorneys who provide legal services to corporate and government clients, and to expose those organizations to the legal talent found in the minority and woman community.

TMCP counsel of the year award nominations deadline is June 15

The TMCP Corporate Counsel of the Year and Trailblazer Outside Counsel of the Year awards nomination deadline is June 15, 2011. Visit www.texasbar.com/tmcp for more details and nomination forms.

The Corporate Counsel of the Year Award is presented to the corporate counsel that has done the most to open doors for Texas minority and women attorneys by promoting diversity within their department and/or company, and by consistently hiring minority and/or women attorneys in private practice to perform legal work on behalf of their company.

The Trailblazer Outside Counsel of the Year Award is presented to the nominee judged by the Selection Committee to have done the most to effectuate the promotion of diversity within the legal profession through hiring, retention and mentoring of minority and women attorneys, partnering with minority and women owned law firms, and involvement with Bar and/or community activities designed to promote diversity within the legal profession.

Texas Minority Attorney Program in Houston May 6

The 2011 Texas Minority Attorney Program (TMAP) will be in Houston tomorrow, May 6.

TMAP is a one-day live CLE seminar and networking event geared towards minority and women solo and small firm practitioners.

Participants have the opportunity to learn more about the issues facing solo and small firms, discuss various client development strategies, and network with area judges and other legal professionals.

TMAP in Houston will be at South Texas College of Law, Garrett-Townes Hall, 1303 San Jacinto Street, 77002.

To register, please visit http://www.texasbarcle.com/CLE/AABuy0.asp?lID=10400&sProductType=EV.

For more information on TMAP 2011, please visit www.texasbar.com/tmap.

9th Annual Texas Minority Attorney Program (TMAP) is here

The Texas Minority Attorney Program (TMAP) is a one-day live CLE seminar and networking event geared towards minority and women solo and small firm practitioners. Participants have the opportunity to learn more about the issues facing solo and small firms, discuss various client development strategies, and network with area judges and other legal professionals.

This year's topics include Advertising Your Practice: Do’s and Don’ts, Legal Research for Solo and Small Firm Practitioners, Avoiding a Grievance, and Judges Panel: A View From the Bench. The course benefits include a full day of CLE for only $75 (register by the deadline), lunch included, course materials provided on a convenient USB drive, the opportunity to gain valuable CLE and earn ethics credit, and the opportunity to learn how to enhance client services. The MCLE credit will be 6.75 Hours (2.75 Ethics) for San Antonio and 6.5 Hours (1.75 Ethics) for Houston.

TMAP will be held at Bright Shawl in San Antonio on April 1st and at South Texas College of Law's Garrett-Townes Auditorium in Houston on May 6th. For more information, to view the brochure, and to register for the seminar, please visit www.texasbar.com/tmap.

Reminder: TMCP is next week, Sept. 1-3

Don't forget: the Texas Minority Counsel Program (TMCP) is next Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 1-3, at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas in Dallas, Texas.

The mission of the TMCP is to expand and increase the opportunities for minority and women attorneys to provide legal services for corporate and government clients, and to encourage corporations and government agencies seeking outside counsel to hire and retain minority and women lawyers.

Visit our web page at www.texasbar.com/tmcp for more information and to register today.

Texas Minority Counsel Program (TMCP) set for Sept. 1-3 at Las Colinas

The 18th annual TMCP conference - Sept. 1-3, 2010 - will attract corporations and government agencies wishing to participate in informational interviews with minority and women lawyers. The program will also include a two-track CLE program designed for minority/women lawyers and corporate/government counsel. It will be held at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas.

Click here for the TMCP brochure, sponsor list and interviewing opportunities.