Dallas Bar Association

DBA State Bar President’s Update
by Buck Files

May 1 is Law Day—the national celebration honoring the rule of law. Because we are committed to that rule of law, this day is of great significance to all lawyers and judges. We work to ensure that citizens have access to the courts and understand the role that the legal system plays in protecting the rights of all Americans. One of the best ways we can demonstrate these messages is by setting an example of true professionalism, upholding the highest ethical standards, and cultivating the spirit of professionalism among ourselves.

As I have gone around the state, I have talked to lawyers and judges about the importance of our rule of law and of our Texas Lawyers Creed. I would suggest that we should all be mindful of the high professional standards set out in that creed and consider them every day in both our practice of law and in our personal lives. If it has been a while since you read the Texas Lawyer’s Creed, I encourage you to revisit the document at texasbar.com/lawyerscreed. If you would like to have copies on hand in your chambers or office, the State Bar of Texas will provide you with as many as you need. Contact the State Bar Public Information Department at (512) 427-1800 or by emailing tsweet@texasbar.com.

The Dallas Bar Association has done so much to further professionalism within the Texas legal community, especially in regards to mentoring, creating the model for the statewide mentoring program Transition to Practice. I am pleased that the State Bar of Texas Professionalism Committee has dedicated time, talent and resources to enhance Transition to Practice program materials. New to the program’s website,texasbar.com/transition, are vignettes following fictional associates through their first year of practice, as they encounter common dilemmas and ethical questions, and discover practical advice on how to handle such situations. By June 1, videos covering the suggested Transition to Practice CLE topics will be available—for free—to local bars that wish to implement the Transition to Practice program but do not have easy access to speakers. I thank you, members of the Dallas Bar, for creating this program that will continue to positively impact the careers of young lawyers of Texas who will in turn better serve the citizens of Texas.

Nothing pleases me more than Texas attorneys working together to strengthen the legal profession—and the only event that is for all Texas attorneys is the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting. This year, the Annual Meeting will take place at the Hilton Anatole on June 20-21. Not surprising, the Dallas-based Annual Meeting Committee led by Beverly Godbey and Robert Witte, along with the State Bar Sections, have planned the best two days of CLE programming I could imagine. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito will be the keynote speaker at the Bar Leaders Recognition Luncheon, State Bar Sections have joined forces to present what will probably be the first Legislative Update following the 83rd legislative session, and Dallas lawyers and judges will enact a mock trial of Lee Harvey Oswald in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy. Expert speakers from around the globe will join us in Dallas for a true celebration of professionalism by Texas lawyers. Thank you for the support the Dallas legal community has shown for the conference. I look forward to seeing you there!

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