After a rigorous and comprehensive national search, the DBA has named Alicia Hernandez as the sixth Executive Director. She will succeed Cathy Maher, who after 38 years of service, will retire December 31, 2016.
The Search Committee was chaired by Kim Askew who said, “the Committee was diverse in every way, representing a broad spectrum of the Dallas legal community.” Other members of the Committee included long-time DBA leaders, Jerry Alexander, Rob Crain, Rhonda Hunter, Michael K. Hurst, Laura Benitez Geisler, Mark Sales, Victor Corpuz, and Brad Weber. Several members of the Committee are active in the ABA and Metro Bar Caucus and have contacts with lawyers and bar leaders across the state and country.
In announcing the selection, Ms. Askew said, “the DBA is thrilled to be entering into the next chapter in its long and rich history. We know that we will maintain the exceptional leadership and commitment that the DBA has shown throughout its many years of service. Through this selection, the DBA looks forward to continuing to build its relationships with the lawyers of Dallas and our community.”
Ms. Hernandez has served the Bar for over 15 years. She has consistently shown her service and leadership in the Bar and understands the work and needs of lawyers. She has a strong track record in the DBA and has been involved with almost every aspect of its programming. She has served as the Director of DVAP, which has grown to a $1 million program under her leadership. She also serves as the Director of the Lawyer Referral Service. Ms. Hernandez plans and coordinates many Committee activities of the DBA where she is known to many lawyers, including the Minority Participation Committee, Juvenile Justice Committee, Courthouse Committee, Legal Ethics Committee, Morris Harrell Professionalism Committee, Education Symposium, and the Criminal Justice Committee.
Ms. Hernandez said, “I am honored to have been selected to serve as the sixth Executive Director of the DBA. The DBA is nationally recognized as a premiere bar association in the country and I look forward to working with the Association’s leadership and its dedicated staff to continue the legacy of this Association.”
Mr. Crain, who will serve as president of the Association in 2017 said, “I have known Alicia for many years and I know that she will do a great job leading this Association. She is passionate about the law and she understands the need to maintain the DBA as a place where lawyers thrive and feel at home.”
Ms. Hernandez will continue the DBA’s commitment to engaging lawyers and communities of diversity, expanding the reach of our innovative CLE programming, and maintaining the historical legacy of the Dallas Bar. She has expertise in planning and has a broad understanding of the issues facing lawyers in the future.
Mr. Alexander, President of the DBA, welcomes “the outstanding leadership that Alicia will continue to bring to the Bar. She knows our programs and traditions, but also brings new ideas and approaches that will ensure the legacy of the DBA for years to come.”
Alicia, a 24-year lawyer, received her B.A. from Emory University and her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1992. She is married to Domingo Davila and they have 3 children, Martín, Anna Rose, and John.