Editor’s note: State Bar of Texas President Tom Vick sent the following message to members on Monday.
I hope you’re enjoying the holiday season so far. Please read below for updates on the State Bar budget and other news.
Good Financial Stewards
I’m pleased to report that, under the leadership of our new Executive Director Trey Apffel and his staff, the proposed 2018-2019 State Bar general fund budget reduces overall spending by 5 percent compared with the current budget while adding additional money in reserves. This is a fiscally responsible budget, and I was proud to vote for it as a member of the State Bar Board of Directors’ Budget Committee.
The committee met Thursday at the Texas Law Center and invited the major State Bar departments to present their budget proposals. After hearing detailed reports and asking a number of questions of staff, the committee voted unanimously to approve the proposed budget for presentation to the full Board of Directors. I want to commend our staff and the committee, led by President-elect Joe K. Longley, for their many months of diligent work to get us to this point. The Board of Directors will consider the proposed budget on January 26 and April 27 before submitting it to the Texas Supreme Court for final approval. The State Bar also invites your feedback at a public hearing at 9 a.m. on April 3 at the Texas Law Center in Austin. Continue Reading