Dallas Bar Association

Board of Directors Roundup

Brad Weber, Chair, called the April 21 meeting to order and welcomed and introduced guests. He then called on Laura Geisler to introduce Home Project Committee Co-Chairs David Diaz and Brad Johnson. Mr. Diaz reported that the construction of the 20th DBA Habitat for Humanity home was going well and introduced the home owner, Mahogany Buchanan, who thanked the Board for its support. Mr. Diaz then encouraged everyone to participate in Board, Judges and Minority Bar Day at Habitat on May 7.

Beverly Godbeythen reported on the funding issue for legal services currently pending in the Texas State legislature, explaining that the shortfall may be as high as $23 million. She encouraged the Board to contact the senators and congressmen they know.

John Goren, Chair of the Solo & Small Firm Section, reported that his Section has upgraded their webpage and obtained co-sponsorships for several programs. He also stated that membership is up 3 percent.

Reporting on the Community Involvement Committee, Paul Herring, Co-Chair, updated the Board on the numerous projects the committee has undertaken for the year. He also stated that the committee is active in Legalline, the Home Project, Jewish Family Services and the International Rescue Committee.

Judge Martin Hoffman and Monica Latin gave a brief report on the review and possible updates on the Dallas County Civil District Court Rules.

Sally Crawfordreported on the Peer Assistance Committee. She stated that the committee continues to present outstanding CLEs and encouraged everyone to watch the newest peer assistance video prepared by the State Bar of Texas.

DBA President Barry Sorrels presented the proposed guidelines for the operations of the newly formed Rapid Response Team. After a brief discussion, the guidelines were approved.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

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