TYLA Officer Candidates and Other Election News

TYLA President-elect Candidates
This 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 eNews.

TYLA Officer Candidates
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.

TYLA 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 a nomination 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.

Minority At Large Appointments
Two Minority-At Large directors will also be appointed this year. The TYLA Minority Involvement Committee is accepting nominations through March 15, 2004.

Featured Local Affiliate Leader
Hector Beltran, El Paso YLA

Hector 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. (continued)

Feature TYLA Project
Celebrate Freedom Week - What Does Freedom Mean to Me?

The 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.

Jordan McConnell of Liberty Middle School in Texarkana, Texas is the winner of this year's Celebrate Freedom Week essay contest sponsored by TYLA.(more info)

Proposed Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 8a Update
By Cade Browning

As discussed 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.

Thereafter, 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)

Don't Forget These Upcoming Events

The New Lawyer Course:
What You Didn't Learn in Law School, But Need to Know

You've 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 info)

Recognize Your Community Leaders:
Outstanding Young Lawyer Award and Liberty Bell Award

Each 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.

Any TYLA 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.



    Election News
    Hector Beltran - El Paso YLA
    Celebrate Freedom Week Essay Winner
    Proposed Rule 8a - Public Hearings



    February 12 - Thursday
    Houston YLA Special Olympics

    February 12 - Thursday
    Jefferson County YLA CLE Luncheon

    February 20 - Friday

    TYLA Officer Election Ballots Due

    February 20-22 - Fri-Sun
    Austin YLA Bowl for Kids' Sake

    February 21 - Saturday
    DAYL & Amarillo Area YLA Las Vegas CLE

    February 26 - Thursday
    Houston YLA Final Thursday

    February 27-28 - Fri-Sat

    Austin YLA Bowl for Kids' Sake

    March 1 - Monday

    TYLA President-elect Candidates Begin Outside Campaigning

    March 5 - Friday
    Texas Off Campus Recruitment Program

    March 15 - Monday
    Nominations for Minority-At-Large Director Due;

    Nominating Petitions for TYLA Director Due

    March 25-27 - Thurs - Sat

    National Trial Competition (Austin)

    April 9 - Friday
    Liberty Bell Award Applications Due;
    Outstanding Young Lawyer Award Applications Due

    April 12 - Monday
    Statewide Award of Achievement Applications Due