Candidates and Other Election News
year's TYLA President-elect candidates must be selected from
a small city--i.e. a city other than Austin, Dallas, Fort
Worth, Houston, or San Antonio. The candidates are Philip
Mack Furlow (Tahoka) and Lee Ann Reno
(Amarillo). They will be featured in the March issue of the
TYLA Nominations Committee met and
approved the slate of TYLA officer
candidates for FY 2004-2005. Except
for the office of President-elect, which is voted on in the
statewide election of the general membership, TYLA officers
are elected by the sitting board of directors. Winners will
assume office at the beginning of the 2004-2005 Fiscal Year.
Director Positions Available
TYLA board members represent the young lawyers in
their geographic region and are elected by the lawyers in
their district. There are 13 positions
up for election this year. Candidates who have submitted
petition with the required number of valid signatures
will be placed on the ballot submitted to members in the respective
district. The deadline to submit a petition is March 15, 2004.
At Large Appointments
Two Minority-At Large directors will also be appointed this
year. The TYLA Minority Involvement Committee is accepting
through March 15, 2004.
Local Affiliate Leader
Beltran, El Paso YLA
Beltran is one of the brightest stars in the El Paso Young Lawyers
Association (EPYLA) and one of the rising stars in the El Paso
legal community. Beltran is about to embark on an exciting and
challenging time because he will be president of the EPYLA in
May and will start a new job soon.
Celebrate Freedom Week - What Does Freedom Mean to Me?
Texas Legislature created Celebrate Freedom Week in 2001 as
a voluntary program for schools to educate students about
the sacrifices made for freedom in the founding of this country
and the values on which this country was founded.
McConnell of Liberty Middle School in Texarkana, Texas is
the winner of this year's Celebrate Freedom Week essay contest
sponsored by TYLA.(more
Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 8a Update
By Cade Browning -
in last month’s TYLA eNews, the Texas Supreme Court
adopted Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 8a, affecting referral
fees, on October 9, 2003. Rule 8a was set to go into effect
on January 1, 2004. However, the State Bar Executive Committee
asked the Court to delay implementation to allow the Bar time
to gather a referendum of Texas lawyers in accordance with
the State Bar Act. Tex. Gov't Code § 81.024.
on December 3, 2003, the Court indicated it would delay the
effective date of Proposed Rule 8a and expressed its willingness
to allow State Bar leadership to appoint a special task force
on referral fees. This task force has now been appointed and
has scheduled public hearing across the state. (continued)
Forget These Upcoming Events
The New Lawyer Course:
What You Didn't Learn in Law School, But Need to Know
finished law school and passed the Bar exam. That means you're
qualified, capable, and ready to represent clients, handle
administrative firm matters, and finesse the most most difficult
opposing counsel ... or judge. Right? Well, just in case you
think there might be one or two tips you could learn that
weren't in the law books, TYLA and TexasBarCLE have developed
a course specifically for the newly-licensed attorney. (more
Your Community Leaders:
Outstanding Young Lawyer Award and Liberty Bell Award
year TYLA honors one young lawyer as the Outstanding
Young Lawyer of Texas who best demonstrates professional
proficiency, service to the profession, and service to the
community. TYLA also recognizes one Liberty Bell
winner, a non-lawyer in Texas who has made the most selfless
contribution to his or her community to strengthen the effectiveness
of the American system of justice by instilling better understanding
and appreciation of the law.
affiliate or a local bar association recognized by the State
Bar of Texas may nominate a person for either award. Nominations
must be received in the TYLA office by 5:00 pm, April 9, 2004.
Please review the nomination
rules and criteria and
help us recognize the leaders in your community.