Dallas Bar Association

Dallas Bar Elects 2013 Officers

Scott McElhaney Elected President-Elect

by Jessica D. Smith


Members of the Dallas Bar Association proudly elected its 2013 officers during the Annual Meeting on November 42.

Scott McElhaney,of Jackson Walker LLP, was elected president-elect and will serve as the Association’s 105th president in 2014.

Mr. McElhaney was elected to the DBA Board in 2006 and was elected Chair of the Board of Directors in 2010. He was then elected Second Vice-President and First Vice-President. Mr. McElhaney has served as Chair of a number of DBA Committees, including the Bench Bar Conference Committee and Judiciary Committee. He has also served as Chair of the Business Litigation Section and was a Co-Chair of the Campaign for Equal Access to Justice.

Mr. McElhaney has also served on the State Bar’s District 6 Grievance Committee as Vice Chair of the Committee for a Qualified Judiciary and as a Barrister in the Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court. He has been a Lecturer at SMU’s Dedman School of Law, where he has taught Employment Law and Legal Research and Writing. He remains a frequent speaker on a variety of legal topics.

Mr. McElhaney has been included in The Best Lawyers in America, named a “Texas Super Lawyer” and been listed as one of D Magazine’s “Best Lawyers in Dallas.”

He received his A.B. summa cum laude from the Dartmouth College and his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was the managing Editor of Harvard Civil Rights—Civil Liberties Law Review. After graduating law school, he was a law clerk to Judge Irving Goldberg and Judge Barefoot Sanders. Mr. McElhaney practices in the areas of litigation, appellate and employment law.

Other officers who were elected at the Annual Meeting are: Bradley C. Weber, of Locke Lord LLP, elected first vice-president; andJerry C. Alexander, of Passman & Jones. P.C.,elected second vice-president. Paul K. Stafford, of Carter Stafford PLLC, will serve as immediate past president and Sally L. Crawford, of Jones Day will serve as president in 2013.

Additionally, on November 8th ballots for Secretary-Treasurer and director positions were sent to members and one of the following will assume the Secretary-Treasurer position in 2013: John Goren or Christopher Kratovil; and six of the following nominees will assume director positions in 2013: Shonn Brown, John Browning,Frank Carroll,Victor Corpuz,Hon. Martin Hoffman,Karen McCloud,Audrey Moorehead,Scott Stolley,Diane Sumoski and Aaron Z. Tobin. Ballots were due back November 19 and results were not available at press time. The 2013 presidents and president-elects of the minority bar associations will also serve on the board.

Each year, the Texas Center for Legal Ethics & Professionalism co-sponsors the presentation of the Morris Harrell Professionalism Award with the DBA. The award was created in 1999 in honor of DBA Past President Morris Harrell to recognize an attorney who best exemplifies, by conduct and character, truly professional traits who others in the bar seek to emulate. This year’s Morris Harrell Professionalism Award recipient was Harriet Miers, of Locke Lord LLP.

Maricela Moore, of Farrow-Gillespie & Heath LLP, and Courtney Perez, of Carter Stafford PLLC, co-chairs of the Minority Participation Committee received the Jo Anna Moreland Outstanding Committee Chair Award. The Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, chaired by Gene Roberts,of the Roberts Law Firm, received the Special Section Award. And, the Minority Bar Leader Award was presented to Karen McCloud, of Karen D. McCloud, P.C.  

Presidential Citations were also presented to behind-the-scenes members who have faithfully performed often time-consuming tasks for the association. Recipients were: Michael Hurst, of Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank LLP, for his outstanding commitment to the Campaign for Equal Access to Justice as its 2012 Chair; Rhonda Hunter, of Farrow-Gillespie & Heath LLP,for her outstanding work in overseeing and organizing the 2012 DBA Diversity Summit; Rob Roby, of Curran Tomko Tarski LLP, for his outstanding commitment to the preservation of the Belo Mansion; Vicki Blanton, of American Airlines, Inc., for her outstanding efforts in coordinating the 2012 German Marshall Forum in Dallas; Mary Scott,of Farrow-Gillespie & Heath LLP, for her outstanding work as Chair of the 2012 Dallas Bar Association Trial Academy; and Wes Alost,of Jones Carr McGoldrick L.L.P.,for his outstanding efforts as Chair of the Public Forum Committee in bringing issues of interest to the members and to the public.

Jessica D. Smith serves as the DBA’s Communications/Media Director. She can be reached at jsmith@dallasbar.org.

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