May 2004
    Reno Wins TYLA President-elect Race
    Law Day Celebrated at Texas Law Center

    Michele Surratt - Ector County YLA
    San Antonio Pro Bono Wills Clinic


    Annual Meeting June 24-25, 2004



    May 7-8 - Fri.-Sat.
    TYLA Board Meeting - South Padre Island

    May 10 - Monday
    Deadline: Nomination Petitions for ABA-YLD Dist. 25 Rep,

    May 12 - Wenesday
    Deadline: Local Affiliate Grant Reports Due

    May 24 - Monday
    New Lawyers Induction - Frank Erwin Center (Austin)

    May 31 - Monday

    Holiday - State Bar Closed

    June 1- Tuesday
    State Bar fiscal year begins

    June 14 - Monday
    Deadline: ABA-YLD Awards of Achievement entries due

    June 22-24 - Tues.-Thurs.
    TYLA State Moot Court Competition - (San Antonio)

    June 25 - Friday
    TYLA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet - (San Antonio)


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    Reno Wins TYLA President-elect Race

    Lee Ann Reno, a shareholder in the Amarillo firm of Sprouse Shrader Smith, P.C., was elected TYLA President-elect for the 2004-2005 fiscal year. She will assume the duties of President in June 2005. Currently serving as the TYLA vice president, Reno has been on the board of directors since 2000. When asked for her initial reaction to the election results she said, "I am overwhelmingly excited and honored to be selected to lead such a wonderful organization."

    Thirteen directors were also elected to the board of directors to represent the young lawyers in their geographical regions. Board members serve two-year terms.

    (TYLA election results) and (State Bar election results).

    Law Day Celebrated at Texas Law Center

    Andre Crawford, Orr Elementary
    Smith County Bar Ass'n
    Kelly Frels and Nancy Todd Noches discuss landmark decision

    Winners of the TYLA and State Bar-sponsored Law Day essay, poster, and photo contests were recognized at the Texas Law Center on April 30, 2004. This year's theme was "To Win Equality by Law: Brown vs. the Board of Education" commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that signaled the end of segregation across America. The event included a question and answer period with State Bar President-Elect Kelly Frels and Nancy Todd Noches, an original plantiff in the Brown v. Board of Education lawsuit.

    Michele Surratt - Ector County YLA
    - By Rob Canas

    Michele Surratt is a friend of mine from law school who uses her legal education to serve the public; she is a prosecutor in the juvenile system. The criminal justice system poses serious issues with serious consequences, and the situation is compounded when the defendant is a juvenile. I am not surprised that Surratt handles her job well, and I am not surprised that she also has the time and energy to be President of the Ector County Young Lawyers Association (ECYLA).

    Surratt graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a bachelor’s in psychology. From there she went to Texas Tech University School of Law. She claims that the number one reason she decided to go to law school was: “To argue with people.” (Cont.).

    San Antonio Pro Bono Wills Clinic
    By Clay Scheitzach

    The Bexar County Women’s Bar Foundation and the San Antonio Bar Foundation have teamed up to implement a monthly "Wills Clinic" in San Antonio. Its primary mission is to provide pro bono legal representation for low-income residents of San Antonio and Bexar County.The honorary co-chairs of the project are the San Antonio Probate Judges, Judge Polly Jackson Spencer and Judge Tom Rickhoff. The co-chairs are U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez and Abigail G. Kampmann.

    The Wills Clinic is held the second Wednesday of each month in the evening at St. Mary’s Center for Legal & Social Justice.Now in its ninth year, the Wills Clinic has grown from a six-hour bi-annual clinic to a two-hour monthly turnkey project. (continued)


    State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting
    (June 24-25, 2004 -- San Antonio)

    Registration information is now available for the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting. It's your best opportunity to obtain low-cost CLE and to interact with with fellow bar members in a relaxed and fun environment! The early bird registration discount is extended for participants who register online.