Dallas Bar Association

DBA Board Chair and Vice Chair Elected

Staff Report

At its January Organizational Meeting, theDallas Bar Association Board of Directors electedJerry Alexander Chair, and Rob Crain Vice Chair, for 2012.

Mr. Alexander, a Shareholder at Passman & Jones, P.C., is an active participant in the Committees and Sections of the DBA. He was the Chair of the 2010-2011 Campaign for Equal Access to Justice, which had a record-breaking year, and headed the DBA’s drafting project for the Local Rules of Practice in the Civil District and County Courts at Law Courts for Dallas County, which are presently in use. In addition, he is currently the Board Advisor for the Bankruptcy & Commercial Law and Energy Law Sections, as well as the Admissions & Membership and Fee Disputes Committees. Mr. Alexander has also chaired the Judiciary Committee and the Judicial Polls Study Subcommittee.

Mr. Crain, of Crain Lewis, LLP, is the Co-Chair of the 2011-2012 Campaign for Equal Access to Justice, which surpassed the previous year’s donation totals. He is currently the Board Advisor for the Securities and Tort & Insurance Practice Sections and Golf Tournament and Media Relations Committees. He is also Co-Chair of the Bench Bar Committee. In addition, Mr. Crain serves on the Board of Directors of the North Texas Chapter of Big Brothers and Big Sisters and on the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association.

Also appointed at the board meeting to fill a one-year at-large judicial position was Judge Kenneth Molberg, of the 95th District Court. A graduate of SMU Dedman School of Law, Judge Molberg is a Co-Vice Chair of the 2012 Bench Bar Conference Committee.

Filling a two-year at-large director position is Christina McCracken. Ms. McCracken, a graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law, is Senior Counsel at Gordon & Rees LLP, where her practice focuses on commercial litigation, construction and environmental law. She has been the chair or vice chair of numerous DBA committees and was awarded the Jo Anna Moreland Outstanding Committee Chair Award in 2011.

Aaron Tobin, of Anderson Tobin, PLLC, was appointed to a one-year at-large director position. Mr. Tobin is Co-Chair of the 2012 Media Relations Committee and is Immediate Past Chair of the Public Forum Committee. He is a graduate of SMU Dedman School of Law.

In addition to these five members, the board will include: President Paul Stafford; President-Elect Sally Crawford; First Vice PresidentScott McElhaney; Second Vice President Brad Weber; Secretary-Treasurer Shonn Brown; Immediate Past President Barry Sorrels; and Directors Kim Askew, Chip Brooker, Wm. Frank Carroll, Victor Corpuz, Laura Benitez Geisler, Lori Hayward, Hon. Martin Hoffman, Michael K. Hurst, Michele Wong Krause, Karen D. McCloud, Carlos Morales, Mary L. Scott, Diane Sumoski and Robert Tobey.

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