At its January Organizational Meeting, the Dallas Bar Association Board of Directors elected Michael K. Hurst Chair of the Board and Laura Benitez Geisler Vice-Chair of the Board for 2014.
Mr. Hurst, of Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank LLP is the immediate past Chair of the Campaign for Equal Access to Justice and is the Chair of the Bylaws Committee and the Trial Skills Section. His service as a DBA Committee Chair includes Chair of the Judiciary Committee, the Law Day Committee and the Finance Committee. He joined the DBA Board of Directors in1999 as President of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (DAYL).
Mr. Hurst is a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, a Fellow of the Dallas Bar Foundation and serves as a Director and member of the Executive Committee of the South Texas College of Law.
Ms. Geisler, principal at the Geisler Law Firm, has been active in the DBA for many years, first joining the DBA Board of Directors in 2007 as President of DAYL. She is currently the Chair of the Judicial Investiture Committee and Co-Vice Chair of the Judiciary Committee. Her past service includes Chair of the Transition to Law Practice Program, Chair of the Entertainment Committee and Chair of the Bench Bar Conference.
A graduate of SMU Dedman School of Law, Ms. Geisler is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, the Dallas Bar Foundation, and the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Foundation. She also serves on the DBA’s Community Service Fund Board of Directors.
The Board also appointed Hon. David Horan, U.S. Magistrate Judge, to serve as the judicial at-large position. Judge Horan is a graduate of the Yale Law School. He is the Board Advisor to the Library Committee and Health Law Section.
Filling a two-year at-large director position is Courtney Barksdale Perez. Ms. Perez, a graduate of The University of Texas School of Law, is Of Counsel at Carter Scholer Stafford Arnett Hamada & Mockler, PLLC, where her practice focuses on alternative dispute resolution, complex commercial litigation and employment litigation. She has been active in numerous DBA sections and committees throughout the years and is currently the Chair of the Admissions & Membership Committee, as well as the Board Advisor to the Real Property Law Section and the Senior Lawyers Committee.
The 2014 board will also include: President Scott McElhaney; President-Elect Brad Weber; First Vice President Jerry Alexander; Second Vice President Rob Crain; Secretary-Treasurer Audrey Moorehead; Immediate Past President Sally Crawford; and Directors Tatiana Alexander, A. Shonn Brown, Wm. Frank Carroll, Hon. Martin Hoffman, Krisi Kastl, Michele Wong Krause, Meyling Ly, Karen McCloud, Sakina Rasheed, Mary Scott, Scott Stolley, Diane Sumoski, Robert Tobey, Aaron Tobin and Elisabeth A. Wilson.