dawsonAlistair B. Dawson is now the 2017-2018 president of the Houston Bar Association, officials announced Friday.

Dawson, a partner in Beck Redden who has been a part of the HBA Board of Directors since 2009, succeeds Neil Kelly of Andrews Kurth Kenyon.

“I am honored and excited to be the HBA president this year, and I consider it a distinct privilege to be the leader of this wonderful organization,” Dawson said in a news release from his firm. “I look forward with great anticipation to all that we will accomplish this year.”

During his term, Dawson plans to implement programs to help students and workers with special needs.

Read more about the announcement on the HBA’s website.