The State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting will again bring us two amazing days of networking, CLE sessions, and knowledgeable speakers. The event, June 21-22 in Houston, will feature keynote addresses from historian and author Joseph Crespino, businessman Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, and Rice University professor Douglas Brinkley.

Joseph Crespino, the Jimmy Carter Professor of American History at Emory University, will be the keynote speaker at the Bar Leaders Recognition Luncheon on June 21. Crespino is a historian of the American South since Reconstruction. He has written three books, including his most recent, Atticus Finch: The Biography—Harper Lee, Her Father, and the Making of an American Icon.

On June 22, Houston businessman and philanthropist Jim McIngvale, known and beloved as “Mattress Mack,” will speak at the Bench Bar Breakfast. McIngvale famously opened two of his Gallery Furniture stores to use as shelters for people displaced by Hurricane Harvey.

Rounding out keynote speakers for Annual Meeting will be Douglas Brinkley, professor of history at Rice University. Brinkley is the keynote speaker of the General Session Luncheon on June 22. He is a bestselling author, a Grammy Award-winning producer, and a presidential historian for CNN. Eight of his books have been selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. His most recent book, JFK: A Vision of America, features the president’s greatest speeches as well as reflections from leading historians, statesmen, and public figures.

The “early bird” registration rate for Annual Meeting is good through May 21. After that day, the cost of registration will increase. For more information on how to register, go here.