Dallas Bar Association

Board of Directors Roundup

Brad Weber, Chair, called the March 24 meeting to order and welcomed and introduced guests. He then introduced Veletta Lill, Executive Director of the Dallas Arts District, who gave an update on the current projects in the district, including the McKinney Avenue Trolley, City Performance Hall and the Woodall Rogers Park.

Kirby Drake, Co-Chair of the Law Day Committee, reported that the committee had received over 150 essays for the annual DISD Essay Contest. She encouraged everyone to be a part of the Lawyers in the Classrooms program and the Law Day Luncheon.

Co-Chairs of the Summer Law Intern Program, Erin Peirce andRyan McFarlin, urged the Board to participate in the intern program and stated that 19 law firms had already signed up, but more were needed.

Aaron Davidson, Chair of the Antitrust Law Section, reported that his Section is doing well and recently donated $1,000 to the Pro Bono Golf Tournament.

Chair of the Real Property Law Section, Peggy Heller, stated that theirs is the second-largest Section with 900 members and that they will be providing a scholarship at SMU for the Real Property Estate Transaction Class.

Nelson Akinrinade, Co-Chair of the Golf Tournament Committee, reported that registration for this year’s tournament is going well, but sponsorships are still needed. He also issued the annual Director’s Challenge, asking the Board to commit to pay $1.00 for every tee shot that remains on the green of one par-three.

Justice Douglas Lang, ABA Delegate, briefed the Board on the ABA Mid-Year Meeting, reporting that matters such as uniform Collaborative Law and the decline in funding for legal services were hot topics.

Giving the final report on the Campaign for Equal Access to Justice, Jerry Alexander announced the record number of pledges totaled $713,606.76. The Board then adopted a resolution supporting funding for civil legal services to the poor.

In his President’s Report, Barry Sorrels reported that the DBA has provided much service to the community so far this year, including helping 1,300 people through DVAP, 274 callers via Legalline and 5,279 people through the Lawyer Referral Service.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

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