Dallas Bar Association

New Sister Bar Presidents Set High Bar for 2014

by Yoon-Joo Jung and Bradley M. Smyer

The Dallas Bar Association is proud to introduce the new presidents of its sister bar organizations and looks forward to supporting their goals for 2014.

Sakina Rasheed will serve as president of the Dallas Asian American Bar Association (DAABA). Ms. Rasheed is an associate at Haynes and Boone, LLP, where she focuses her practice on representing financial institutions and borrowers in commercial loan transactions. Ms. Rasheed graduated from Southern Methodist University cum laude and the University of Texas-Austin School of Law.

Ms. Rasheed first became involved in DAABA in 2008, when she helped organize a Career Night for law students, and since that time has served as co-chair of the Program Committee and the Service Committee and as a director of DAABA. For 2014, Ms. Rasheed is committed to hosting charitable and service projects that benefit the greater Asian-American community in DFW. For example, DAABA has partnered with local non-profit organizations that support refugees in their search for employment and Southeast Asian women who are victims of domestic violence. She is also committed to expanding the DAABA mentorship program to provide practicing attorney mentors for both law students and new attorneys.

Tatiana Alexander will serve as president of the J.L. Turner Legal Association (JLTLA). As a commercial litigation associate at McGlinchey Stafford PLLC, Ms. Alexander represents clients in consumer financial services disputes and commercial litigation. She graduated cum laude from the University of Houston, received her J.D. from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law,and received an L.L.M. from SMU Dedman School of Law.

Ms. Alexander became involved in JLTLA during her first year of law school and has since served in a number of capacities, including vice president, co-chair of the Dallas Black Women Attorneys Committee and chair of the JLTLA 60th Anniversary Celebration Committee. One of Ms. Alexander’s goals for 2014 is to expand JLTLA’s pipeline diversity initiative to include elementary school students. Ms. Alexander firmly believes that connecting with students at an early age will help motivate them to succeed academically and eventually increase attorney diversity.

Meyling (Mey) Ly will serve as president of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (DAYL). Ms. Ly is a labor and employment associate at Littler Mendelson P.C., where she focuses her practice on matters involving Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Ms. Ly received the Jo Anna Moreland Outstanding Committee Chair Award from the Dallas Bar Association for her work with the Community Involvement Committee in 2010, and is a former board member of DAABA and the DFW chapter of the National Association of Asian American Professionals, which she co-founded in 2011. She graduated cum laude from both Texas A&M University and SMU Dedman School of Law.

Ms. Ly began participating in DAYL in 2006 as a member of the DAYL Leadership Class. She joined the DAYL board in 2008, and has since founded and chaired the Attorneys Serving Troops Committee, co-chaired the Membership Committee, and served as board liaison to the Animal Welfare and Generation Generosity committees. In 2014, Ms. Ly will focus on supporting young lawyers in transition and on business development for young lawyers. She is also excited to co-host a free legal advice clinic with sister bars, which she believes will not only provide much-needed service to the community, but also further unite the sister bars.

Elisabeth Wilson will serve as president of the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association (DHBA). Ms. Wilson is an associate at Winstead PC, where she practices commercial litigation. She previously served as a briefing attorney for Justice Douglas S. Lang and as a judicial clerk for Judge Jane J. Boyle. Ms. Wilson graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California and cum laude from SMU Dedman School of Law, where she was a Sarah T. Hughes Diversity Scholar and Editor-in-Chief of the Computer Law Review and Technology Journal.

Ms. Wilson has been active in DHBA since she was in law school. She has served as Law Student Committee co-chair, DHBA representative on the DAYL Board, director, vice president and now president-elect. As the daughter of a Mexican immigrant, Ms. Wilson is passionate about helping the Latino community in DFW. For 2014, she plans to expand DHBA’s diversity pipeline initiatives with programs that expose school children to positive role models in the local legal community. Ms. Wilson also plans for DHBA to serve the broader community through a domestic violence awareness program in Spanish.

 

Yoon-Joo Jung is an attorney at DLA Piper LLP and can be reached at yoon-joo.jung@dlapiper.com. Bradley M. Smyer is an attorney at DLA Piper LLP and can be reached at brad.smyer@dlapiper.com.

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