Cathy MaherThe Dallas Bar Association will lose its longtime Executive Director Cathy Maher when she retires in just over a year at the end of 2016. The DBA Board of Directors announced Maher’s decision at a recent meeting.

“I am very grateful to have spent almost four decades with this outstanding organization and deeply honored to lead it for the last 21 years,” Maher said in a press release. “I am very proud of what the Dallas Bar has accomplished.”

During Maher’s time with the DBA, she helped lead a $14 million fundraising campaign to build the Pavilion addition to the Belo Mansion, which accommodates the 10,000-plus member association and also serves as an event venue. In addition to overseeing the organization, she manages the operations of its Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, Lawyer Referral Service, and the Belo Mansion and Pavilion. The DBA has been recognized several times by the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas during Maher’s leadership tenure.