Editor’s note: State Bar of Texas President Tom Vick sent the following message to members Friday.
I hope the new year finds you well. Please read below for updates from Friday’s quarterly meeting of the State Bar Board of Directors in San Antonio.
2018 President-elect Race
The State Bar board unanimously approved the nominations of Lisa Blue of Dallas and Randy Sorrels of Houston in the race for the next president-elect. Click here to read the news release and to learn more about these candidates, and pick up the April issue of the Texas Bar Journal for a Q&A. Voting is April 2 to May 1, and results will be announced May 1. The winner will serve as State Bar president from June 2019 until June 2020.
Election Policy Changes
The board approved changes to State Bar policy and rules to update our election procedures for president-elect and district director to ensure that the process is fair and all candidates have the same opportunities to campaign. The board voted to add a 180-day expiration date on petition signatures—a provision that matches the law governing petitions in other state elections. The board also decided to approve board-nominated candidates in September in future years, instead of January. Taken together, these changes will ensure that the campaign periods are roughly equal for president-elect candidates, regardless of whether they are nominated by our board or certified through petition.
As part of the same process, the board approved sweeping changes to the board policy manual that relaxed or removed many campaign restrictions to ensure that director and president-elect candidates are all able to freely present their views of and visions for the bar. Continue Reading