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SABA Holiday Hours

Posted By Administration, Friday, December 23, 2016

Happy holidays from the San Antonio Bar!

 

Please note our holiday hours:

 

Friday, December 23

Early close at 3:00 p.m. in observance of Christmas Eve

 

Monday, December 26

Office closed in observance of Christmas Day

 

Tuesday, December 27-Thursday, December 29

Regular office hours

 

Friday, December 30

Early close at 3:00 p.m. in observance of New Year's Eve

 

Monday, January 2

Office closed in observance of New Year's Day

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Meet a Member: Holiday Special Spotlight

Posted By Administration, Friday, December 23, 2016
Updated: Thursday, December 22, 2016

Enjoy some festive comedy and watch bar leaders introduce our newest member. The SA Bar sends many thanks to Board Members Marty Truss, Ty Sheehan and Justice Rebeca Martinez who star in this parody along with Past President Judge Larry Noll. This video was made possible because of your prowess acting and good humor! 

 

 

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President's Message: Love Your Lawyer Day

Posted By Bobby Barrera, SABA President, Friday, November 4, 2016

I must assume that I am not the only lawyer who didn't know that by proclamation of the ABA Law Practice Division Council (I didn’t know that there was one of those either!), the first Friday of every November has been decreed to be “Love Your Lawyer Day.” Surprisingly, this tradition is now 15 years old and has been the subject of both annual celebration and criticism. The alleged purpose is to thank lawyers for all they have done for the public, not only on an individual level, but also for the contributions lawyers have made in the shaping of American civilization and the protection of our God-given rights. There may be a lawyer reading this who has already asked internally, “Can Bobby say ‘God’ gave us these rights? Who will be offended by this statement?” Therein lies the inherent conflict in the redemption of the reputation of our profession and its purpose. As a general rule, we exist to resolve conflicts of opinion and the interpretation of our interaction not only with each other, but with everything earthly and heavenly as well. This is no easy task as evidenced by the decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States being split 5-4 on so many of the opinions which control our lives and dictate our human interaction. These men and women, arguably the most ably qualified legal minds in the country, rarely interpret the written law and the evidence to the same conclusion. It is axiomatic that for every winner, there is a loser. Accordingly, someone is always despising their lawyer or the opposing party’s lawyer. Or, they are all (including the lawyers) loathing the judge who most generally is also a lawyer! So to what end is the purpose of “Love Your Lawyer Day” other than to sell coffee mugs and marketing gimmicks?

 

Many years ago I was fortunate enough to hear then-Congressman Charlie Gonzales give a speech about the privilege of being a lawyer. It is truly one of the best and most professionally moving speeches that I have ever heard. The message was more artfully conveyed by him in 45 minutes than I can do now in one sentence, but, put simply, it was that we, as lawyers, are blessed not only with the opportunity, but, more importantly, with the responsibility to champion the rights and freedoms of all persons in this country. We have the right and the duty to stand up to the most powerful government in the world and tell it that it is wrong. We, as lawyers, told the Supreme Court that “separate but equal” should not be the law as it demeaned human dignity and they listened. We, as lawyers, have the responsibility to protect the weak and underprivileged from those who would do them wrong for financial gain, just ask Johns Manville and the asbestos companies. We, as lawyers, have the responsibility to protect the falsely accused from politically, racially or vindictively motivated prosecution — just ask Michael Morton, the “San Antonio Four” or Alan Brown. We, as lawyers, have the ability to change the laws that others with self-interests in mind would cause us to endure. 

 

In short, we have the responsibility to protect the American way of life with the application of the law and our creative, reasoning legal minds. However, we accept the premise that with this responsibility comes consequences for both the successes of our efforts as well as our failures. I know that I have walked back to my office from the courthouse on numerous occasions questioning internally the true meaning of the word “justice” in the application of my responsibilities to my criminally-charged client versus my responsibility to the community in which my family and I live. When successful, my client may “love” me, but those who he may have offended certainly revile me and what I do for a living. The same holds true for those lawyers who seek to prevent Christian prayers in our schools, who seek to force the use of gender-specific bathrooms by everyone, who seek to protect the rights of those who kneel during the National Anthem, who seek to protect billion-dollar corporations from responsibility for the defective products which they sell...the list goes on and on. Again, the understandable contradiction between the responsibilities of our profession and our public reputation remains unaltered by the outcome of the legal situations which we orchestrate to benefit our clients. Without regard to the virtue or sanctity of the goal we ultimately seek to obtain in litigation, in the eyes of the general public, the fact that we fight the fight is enough to impugn our reputation and their perception of us. More so, the morality of what we do and our utility to the public is continuously derided in humor, which rarely rises to the level of even a “courtesy chuckle.”

 

So it is with good reason that neither I nor most of you have never heard of “Love Your Lawyer Day” because we, as lawyers, didn’t assume the responsibilities and the duties that we have so that we could be lauded and praised as Hollywood celebrities are by the general public. No, we do what we do to protect the American Dream and our way of life without regard to the consequences to our reputation or our conflicting introspection. We are the “special forces” of the civilian legal world and the United States Constitution is our arsenal. These United States of America have the greatest legal system in the world, and we, as lawyers, are privileged and duty bound to protect it. Godspeed. 

 

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National Love Your Lawyer Day History

Posted By Administration, Thursday, October 20, 2016
Updated: Friday, November 4, 2016

Mark your calendars, lawyers across the nation will be celebrating Love Your Lawyer Day this November 4, 2016. 

 

According to the American Bar Association, "lawyers have consistently been the target of verbal bashing, derogatory portrayals in popular culture and literature rife with lawyer bashing" for hundreds of years. Love Your Lawyer Day was created by the ABA to reverse negative stigma surrounding the legal community. Section 1 of the resolution asks that the public say, Thank you, and honor all the good lawyers contribute to our communities. Ways to celebrate may include: sending a card, flowers or gifts, taking them out to lunch, making a donation to a charity in their name and, last but not least, sending them a testimonial of their work. Lawyers may not be asking for recognition but who wouldn't love thoughtful appreciation? 

 

Another initiative of Love Your Lawyer Day encourages attorneys to perform one hour of pro bono work or donate the equivalent of one billable hour to their favorite charity. SABA's Community Justice Program is designed for lawyers to give back to their community by offering to take on pro bono cases. To date, CJP has matched more than 8,500 pro bono cases to volunteer attorneys! Whether you're a member of the legal community or the general public, you can make sure charities win big.

 

Be sure to show your enthusiasm and appreciation for the legal community on your social media accounts and use #LoveYourLawyerDay. 

 

 

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Texas Bar Foundation Award Nominations

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Texas Bar Foundation is calling for entries for the 2017 Award Program!  The Texas Bar Foundation award categories include the following:

  • Outstanding 50 Year Lawyer Award recognizes an attorney whose practice spans 50 years or more and adheres to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession and service to the public.
  • Dan Rugeley Price Memorial Award recognizes an attorney who is an accomplished legal writer and researcher.
  • Lola Wright Foundation Award is given to an attorney who exemplifies the highest standards of legal ethics.
  • Outstanding Law Review Article Award which honors a law review article published by one of the Texas law schools.
  • Ronald D. Secrest Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award is awarded to an attorney who has demonstrated high ethical and moral standards and has demonstrated exceptional professional conduct, thus enhancing the image of the trial lawyer.
  • Samuel Pessarra Outstanding Jurist Award is given to an active current Federal or State judge who has served on the bench for a minimum of 10 years and exhibits an exceptionally outstanding reputation for competency, efficiency, and integrity.
  • Gregory S. Coleman Outstanding Appellate Lawyer Award recognizes an attorney who exhibits an outstanding appellate practice and strong moral compass while maintaining a strong commitment to providing legal services for the underserved and mentoring of young lawyers.
  • Terry Lee Grantham Memorial Award is awarded to an accomplished, talented, and dedicated Texas lawyer who is a servant of the profession and a dedicated advocate.

For more information and to download the nomination form, please visit the Texas Bar website and click on the "2017 Awards Submissions" ribbon.

 

The deadline for submission is January 15, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. in the Texas Bar Foundation office.

 

Texas Bar Foundation 515 Congress Ave., Ste. 1755 Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 480-8000  |  Fax: (512) 480-8005  |  Email:
jbramlett@txbf.org

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2016-17 SABA Officers and Directors

Posted By Erin Boren, Friday, August 12, 2016

Announced at the San Antonio Bar Association's Annual Meeting and July Luncheon, July 28, 2016, the 2016-17 SABA Board took the lead starting August 1 under President Bobby Barrera. Bobby, a solo practitioner and owner of the Law Office of Robert J. Barrera, P.C., takes his post 43 years following his father, Roy Barrera, Sr., who was President in 1973. 

 

2016-17 Officers


Bobby Barrera

President

 

Beth Watkins

President-Elect

 

Santos Vargas

Vice President

 

Thomas A. Crosley

Secretary

 

David M. Evans

Treasurer

 

Directors

 

Justice Rebeca Martinez

2015-17 Term

 

Judge Jefferson Moore

2015-17 Term


Mark Sessions

 2015-17 Term


Ty Sheehan

 2015-17 Term


Dawn Finlayson

 2016-18 Term


Derek Hilley

 2016-18 Term


Judge Richard Price

 2016-18 Term


Christine Reinhard

 2016-18 Term

 

 

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Online voting for 2016-17 SABA Board

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 16, 2016

Elected officers of the San Antonio Bar Association will serve the term August 2016 through July 2017. Elected directors will serve the term August 2016 through July 2018.   

 

  • Please vote for one nominee for each officer position, and vote for no more than FOUR nominees for the director positions. Voting for more than four directors will disqualify your director votes.

 

You are not required to vote for every position. If you choose not to participate in online voting, a paper ballot will be mailed to you the first week of July. Paper ballots must be returned to the Bar postmarked no later than Monday, July 15, 2016. After ballots are returned and tabulated, election results will be announced at the San Antonio Bar Association luncheon, Thursday, July 28, 2016 held at the Plaza Club.

 

Click here to view candidate biographies. On August 1, 2016 Bobby Barrera will become President of the San Antonio Bar Association. 

 

HOW TO LOGIN 

To access the online ballot, you are required to enter login credentials. If you have not logged in before, reset your password using the email address on file or your default username, FirstnameLastname (i.e. JimmyAllison). A reset link will be sent to the email address on file. Once your password is reset, login using your username and new password. If you still aren't able to access your account, email erinb@sabar.org

 

CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE TO BALLOT

The survey serves as your electronic voting ballot.


 

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Get to know SABA's officer slate!

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 9, 2016
Updated: Thursday, June 9, 2016

ONLINE VOTING - Click here to continue to electronic voting

  • Online voting begins June 16 and closes June 28.
  • The online voting option will appear under the Member Resources tab.
  • Members will receive an email notification when voting begins with a link to the voting portal.

 

Meet the members on the 2016-2017 Officer Slate! 

 

2016-2017 Office Slate:

President-Elect — Beth Watkins

Vice President — Santos Vargas

Secretary (choose one) — Tom Crosley or John Ritenour, Jr.

Treasurer — David Evans

Directors (choose four) — Jason Bashara; Catherine Casiano; Dawn Finlayson; Daryl Harris; Pedro Hernandez, Jr.; Derek Hilley; Richard Price; Christine Reinhard


President-Elect — Beth Watkins

 

Beth Watkins is an appellate attorney in private practice. In addition to her full-time practice, she has taught a class of Legal Research and Writing at St. Mary’s University School of Law for the past ten years.


Watkins received her undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia in 1999 and her law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 2002. Before starting her own law firm, she worked for the Fourth Court of Appeals as a Briefing Attorney for Justice Catherine Stone. Watkins became Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law in 2008.


Watkins currently serves as SABA Vice President and has also served as a SABA Director (2008-12), Treasurer (2013-14) and Secretary (2014-15). She has held a number of positions, including Chair, of the SABA Appellate Practice Section from 2003 to the present. Watkins has served on the Board of Directors for the St. Mary’s University Law Alumni Association since 2003. Watkins volunteers for and chairs numerous committees in the legal community.


She is a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Associations (TTLA) and the San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association (SATLA) and served in various capacities on SATLA’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee since 2008. She is a Fellow of the San Antonio Bar Foundation and the Texas Bar Foundation. Watkins is currently working on a program to help indigent litigants navigate their way through the appellate process.


Watkins also gives back to her neighborhood by serving on the board of directors of her neighborhood association. She was President of that neighborhood association in 2006-07.


Watkins was named the Outstanding Young Lawyer of San Antonio by the San Antonio Young Lawyers Association in 2007. She has also been recognized as one of San Antonio’s Best Appellate Lawyers by S.A. Scene Magazine and a Texas Monthly Rising Star and Super Lawyer in Appellate Law.

In law school, Watkins competed on St. Mary’s Moot Court Team. In 2002, she won the ABA Moot Court National Championship and was named the best speaker in the nation. 


Watkins enjoys traveling and spending time with her niece and nephews. She has two labs and owns a historic home that breaks every time she saves a little bit of money.

 


Vice President — Santos Vargas


Santos Vargas is a partner at Davis & Santos, P.C., where he runs a practice focused on complex business litigation matters. Vargas currently serves as the Secretary of the San Antonio Bar Association and has previously served as SABA Treasurer and SABA Director.


Vargas was also President of the San Antonio Young Lawyers Association, an organization in which he held positions as Director, Secretary, Vice President, President-Elect, President and Immediate-Past President. 


Vargas currently serves as a member of the State Bar of Texas Local Bar Services Committee, which organizes the annual Texas Bar Leaders Conference and provides support to local bar associations throughout the State of Texas. In addition, Vargas has served as a member of the State Bar of Texas’ Annual Meeting Committee.


Vargas is a graduate of Class 34 of Leadership San Antonio, which is co-sponsored by the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  Vargas is also a graduate of the Alex Briseño Leadership Development Program Class of 2005, sponsored by the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Vargas was also a founding member of VISION-San Antonio and served on their board from 2005-09.


Vargas started his career at Cox Smith Matthews and ran his own practice for four years prior to joining Davis & Santos. Vargas received his bachelor’s degree in political science from St. Mary’s University in 1999 and received his law degree from Syracuse University College of Law in 2004.  

Vargas plans to draw upon his extensive leadership experience with SABA and other organizations to diligently and faithfully carry out the duties of SABA Vice President. 


Outside of the practice of law, Vargas enjoys spending time with his wife, Patricia, and their two children Laura (6) and Santos (4). Vargas also enjoys cooking and participating in outdoor activities.  

  


Secretary — Candidate A: Tom Crosley

 

Tom Crosley is the current SABA Treasurer and previously served as a Director for four years. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas in 1988 and his law degree from the University of Houston in 1992. He was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1992 and is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.


Prior to forming the Crosley Law Firm, P.C. in 2005, he was a partner with Branton & Hall, P.C. in San Antonio, where he worked for ten years. He began his legal career in Houston as an associate at Brown McCarroll, LLP for four years. Crosley is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell,  Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and Board Certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is a Past President of the San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association.


From 2001 to 2005, he served under appointment by the Bexar County Commissioners Court to the Advisory Board for the Bexar County Dispute Resolution Center. He has been an active member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association (Director, 2005-present; Advocates Director, 1999-2001), the San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association (Director, 2000-01; President, 2002), the American Board of Trial Advocates (inducted 2004; Secretary, 2014; Treasurer, 2015; Vice President, 2016), the American Bar Association, the Texas Young Lawyers Association (Director, 1997-2001), the San Antonio Bar Association (Director, 2004-06, 2013-15), the San Antonio Young Lawyers Association (Director, 1997-2001; Vice President, 2000) and the American Inns of Court. Crosley is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and the San Antonio Bar Foundation and a member of the State Bar College. In 2001, he received a SABA President’s Award for pro bono service.


Crosley enjoys an active trial practice, having tried 50 civil cases as lead counsel. He is a frequent author and speaker at legal seminars on topics related to personal injury trial law. He has been selected as a Texas Super Lawyer each year since 2004 by Thomson Reuters as published in Texas Monthly. Three times in the past decade, he has achieved one of the top ten personal injury verdicts in Texas as reported by VerdictSearch.


Crosley’s docket of cases includes personal injury and wrongful death cases arising from automobile and trucking accidents, defective products, medical malpractice and related areas. Crosley is married to Karen, and they have four children.

  


Secretary — Candidate B: John Ritenour, Jr. 

 

John “Bud” Ritenour, Jr. is a solo attorney practicing criminal defense in trial, appellate and post-conviction matters in both State and Federal Court. He also practices state parole release and revocation. He is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and a Fellow Member of the College of the State Bar of Texas. He is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.


In 2013, Ritenour and co-counsel Warren Wolf won a death-penalty habeas corpus case, Trevino v. Thaler, in the U.S. Supreme Court, argued by Wolf. That same year they were recognized as co-recipients of both the TCDLA Percy Foreman Lawyer of the Year award and the SACDLA Kim Young Defender of the Year award. Ritenour has been recognized several times as one of the top criminal defense lawyers in San Antonio (“as selected by their peers”) by Scene S.A. Magazine. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (Past President, current Webmaster) and the San Antonio Bar Association. Ritenour currently serves as Chair of the Bexar County Public Defender Oversight Board and co-chairs the SABA Criminal Law and Procedure Committee with Judge Ron Rangel.


Ritenour spent 27 years on active duty with the U.S. Air Force, primarily as a communications-computer officer, retiring as a Colonel in 1992. His duty assignments included Vietnam, Greece, England, Saudi Arabia and seven states. He and his wife moved 21 times in those 27 years. After retiring from the Air Force, Ritenour attended St. Mary’s University School of Law, graduating in 1995. He has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Ohio State University and a master’s in computing sciences degree from Texas A&M University.


Ritenour is originally from Ohio, but was enlightened when he married the former Carolyn Thompson of Devine, Texas. They have two children, Steven in League City and Debbie in Austin, and two grandchildren, Josie and Callum. They currently live in Helotes, Texas, and enjoy a good mystery, keeping up with friends around the world and spoiling grandchildren.

  


Treasurer — David Evans

 

Dave Evans is a sole practitioner, practicing primarily employment and commercial law.  He grew up in San Antonio, graduating from Jefferson High School the same year Lenny Kravitz’s “Are You Gonna Go My Way?” hit the Billboard 100. He left for college in Louisiana, where he met the wonderful woman he would eventually marry, Katie Cherie. After a year doing nothing particularly noteworthy with his business degree, he started law school at the University of Texas, graduating in 2001 and taking a job at Akin Gump’s San Antonio office, where he cut his teeth on employment law. 


He then worked at Langley & Banack for a dozen years before going out on his own in February 2016. He has been an officer for the San Antonio Young Lawyers Association, the San Antonio Bar Foundation and presently serves as a SABA Director. He and Katie enjoy spending time with their children, Sophia and Shepherd.

  


Directors (four spots available) — Candidate A: Jason S. Bashara

 

Jason S. Bashara was born and raised in San Antonio where he graduated from high school from the Texas Military Institute. Thereafter, Bashara obtained his bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University. He graduated from St. Mary’s School of Law and was licensed by the State Bar of Texas in May 2002. 


Bashara worked for Plunkett & Gibson, Inc., where his primary focus was products liability, medical malpractice defense and insurance defense. In 2004, he shifted his practice to include family law. Bashara opened the Law Office of Jason S. Bashara in 2007 in order to focus on creating a quality, boutique firm focusing on family law and litigation that derives from family law disputes such as judgment collections. 


Bashara became Board Certified in Family Law in 2012 and is currently the President of the San Antonio Family Law Association. He has been recognized by Texas Monthly as either a Rising Star or Super Lawyer for 2005-09 and 2011-16 (doesn’t know what happened in 2010!). Bashara was named as one of the Top 30 Family Lawyers in San Antonio by S.A. Scene Magazine for 2016. 


Throughout the years, Bashara has volunteered in the “Just Take One” Community Justice Program as well as the VA program. Both he and his wife, Elizabeth, are very involved in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and have supported the Center for Family Relations. Bashara and Elizabeth are the parents of Alexandria (7) and Samuel (10).

  


Directors — Candidate B: Catherine Casiano

 

Catherine “Cathy” Casiano is the Director of Recruitment in the Office of Law Student Recruitment and Admissions at St. Mary’s University School of Law where she is responsible for nationwide outreach and recruitment of prospective law students, diversity programming and coordination of pre-law events. Additionally, Casiano is a co-director of the St. Mary’s Undergraduate Moot Court Competition and, last summer, created St. Mary’s Leadership in Law Summer Camps, which provide high school students a week-long opportunity to learn from and interact with professionals in the legal community.


Casiano is a graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law, Boston College and Incarnate Word High School. Prior to working at the law school, she was the staff attorney at the Bexar County Domestic Relations Office, where she assisted indigent non-custodial parents with the enforcement of their visitation rights and also maintained a solo practice handling criminal and pro bono immigration cases.


Casiano is a Past President of the St. Mary’s Hispanic Law Alumni Association and currently serves as a board member of the St. Mary’s Law Alumni Association, the St. Mary’s Hispanic Law Alumni Association and the Mexican American Bar Association where she serves as the Chair of the Scholarship Committee. As a member of SABA, Casiano was involved in the Mentoring Committee and continues to serve as a mentor to high school, college and law students. She was honored as the 2016 Sister Grace Walle Mentor of the Year by the Hispanic Law Students Association of St. Mary’s University School of Law.


Casiano is an active member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, was the Flower Chair for this year’s St. George Episcopal School Second Grade Float and created a YouTube video showing parents how to make paper flowers. Casiano enjoys baking, planning parties and spending time with her husband, fellow attorney Jason Cruz, and their two kids, Diego and Paloma.

  


Directors — Candidate C: Dawn Finlayson

 

Dawn Bruner Finlayson practices employment law and is a partner at Barton, East & Caldwell, PLLC. Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, she has been in private practice with San Antonio firms for more than 35 years, including five years as department head of the labor and employment law group at Matthews & Branscomb. Dawn also served as Senior Counsel for Clear Channel Communications for more than four years.  


Finlayson currently serves as a SABA Director. She has served on and chaired the speakers committee for SABA’s monthly luncheons for many years and recently served on the 2016 SABA Law Week Committee. She is a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and a member of the State Bar of Texas (SBOT) and the American Bar Association. She is also a member of the San Antonio Manufacturers Association and has served on the executive boards of several alumni and charitable organizations.


An author of numerous articles and papers on substantive legal issues, Finlayson has lectured on advanced litigation for the SBOT, the University of Texas and numerous other groups that devote resources to the education of licensed attorneys and also regularly addresses students, business leaders, human resources professionals and attorneys on all aspects of employment law. She was selected by her San Antonio peers as 2015 Lawyer of the Year – Labor and Employment by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Lawyers in America. She is regularly recognized by Best Lawyers and is also recognized by Thompson Reuters Super Lawyers.  


When she began her law career, Finlayson served as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas and served as special law clerk to the Honorable W. S. Sessions. Finlayson received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and, in 1978, her law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law.


Finlayson and her husband of more than 30 years, Dan, have deep San Antonio community roots. Dan is a realtor who has spent years working with Alamo Heights and North San Antonio clients. They can often be seen with their rescue dog, Woody, walking on the San Antonio Riverwalk. When no one is looking, Finlayson goes shopping for vintage clothing at estate sales.

  


Directors — Candidate D: Daryl Harris

 

Daryl Harris is an Assistant District Attorney in the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office, where he has served since 2004. During his tenure at the District Attorney’s Office he has served primarily as a trial attorney, representing the State of Texas in more than 60 criminal trials. He’s also advocated on behalf of individual plaintiffs in more than 20 petitions for protective and restraining orders. Harris is a graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law and has served for years as an adjunct professor of Trial Advocacy, where he’s helped to train the next generation of trial lawyers in Bexar County. He’s a member of the San Antonio Black Lawyer’s Association (SABLA) and an active contributor to their Wills Clinics and other outreach programs provided to working class communities on the east-side of San Antonio. 


Harris is a 2007 Fellow of the African American Leadership Institute (AALI) sponsored by the Alamo City Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation. He is an active member of the Grace First Baptist Church and is a leader within the education ministry, mentoring high school students in 2016 Texas YMCA Youth in Government – Mock Trial Competition, SAT/ACT test preparation and written/oral advocacy competitions. Harris is also a life member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and an energetic participant in its community service projects, specifically Project Alpha, which seeks to educate young men about their role in reducing teenage pregnancy. Harris delivered the commemorative message at the 22nd Annual San Antonio Citywide Interfaith Worship Service in January 2009 and the text — “Dr. King’s Legacy on Tolerance” — was published in the January-February 2010 issue of San Antonio Lawyer. He has also authored “By Any Means Necessary: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Texas’ DNA Testing Law in the Adjudication of Free-Standing Claims of Actual Innocence” published in The Scholar, St. Mary’s Law Review on Minority Issues, in the fall 2003.  


Harris is a retired Army Officer who is “airborne” and has served in a variety of command and staff positions world-wide through his 20 years of service. In addition to his law degree, Harris holds a master’s degree in operations research and systems analysis from Kansas State University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Aside from his community involvement, Harris enjoys music, chess, cycling, working out (whenever he makes the time), reading a good mystery and fellowshipping with friends from all walks of life. Harris is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio — who “got to Texas as soon as I could!” — and has been happily married to his bride, Deborah, for more than 30 years. He and Deborah have two adult sons.

  


Directors — Candidate E: Pedro Hernandez, Jr.

 

Pedro V. Hernandez, Jr. is a graduate of SMU Dedman School of Law, Texas A&M International University (MBA), Baylor University (B.S.) and Holy Cross High School. Twenty-one years ago, he returned to his home town to practice bankruptcy, business, probate and family law as a sole-practitioner. Prior to then, Hernandez practiced law in Dallas at Gardere & Wynne and Rochelle & Balzersen and also served as a former U.S. Bankruptcy Court law clerk. He is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed since 1982, and has received training as a Mediator.


Hernandez previously served in various leadership roles within the SABA Family Law Section, including as a board member and President. He is also a Past President of the SA Bankruptcy Bar Association. Hernandez has spoken to both organizations on legal topics, including valuation, bankruptcy and family law.


In the community, Hernandez volunteers as a mediator at the Bexar County Dispute Resolution Center and currently serves on the school advisory board at St. Mary Magdalen Elementary School. He is a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and Member of the Texas Bar College. Hernandez and his wife, Alejandra, enjoy traveling together; however, he is on his own when hacking away at high-handicap golf.


 

Directors — Candidate F: Derek Hilley

 

Derek Hilley is a graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law, the University of Texas and Clark High School. He started his law firm with partner Carlos Solis two years ago after leaving the District Attorney’s Office. 


Prior to starting his litigation practice, Hilley worked at the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office where he interned after his first year of law school. After graduating law school in 2008, he began his legal career for the Law Firm of S. Mark Murray, working on commercial litigation and estate litigation cases.  


Seeking additional trial experience, Hilley worked at the Bexar County District Attorney’s office. He practiced in the misdemeanor courts and was later promoted to the Family Justice Unit, where he advocated for children and families affected by abuse. Hilley then worked in the Elder Fraud Unit, prosecuting those who defrauded elderly individuals, including contractor fraud, identification fraud and mishandling of estate matters. He volunteers as a speaker throughout Texas, educating members of our community about the dangers of consumer fraud and how to avoid falling victim. Hilley was voted a 2015 and2016 Best San Antonio Lawyer for Criminal Law and was recently listed as a Rising Star.


Hilley has been happily married to his wife, Jennifer, for more than eight years, and they have two wonderful children, Lyndin and Weston. He enjoys spending time with his family, hiking and helping his daughter work on her garden.

  


Director — Candidate G: Richard Price

 

Richard Price presently serves as Judge of the 285th District Court, having been elected in November 2010. Price currently serves as a Director of the San Antonio Bar Association (SABA).


Price was born and raised in San Antonio. He received his law degree at Washington & Lee University School of Law, bachelor’s degree from Trinity University and master’s degree in business administration at Incarnate Word University. 


Price has been a licensed attorney for more than 27 years. Prior to becoming a judge, he handled cases primarily in personal injury, premises liability, product liability, construction litigation, toxic tort, mold, foundation, first party, uninsured and underinsured litigation and pro bono family law.  

 

Price’s professional memberships and community involvement through the years include SABA and SABA’s District Courts Committee, Alternate Dispute Resolution Section, Construction Law Section, Family Law Section, Litigation Law Section and Membership Committee; State Bar of Texas (SBOT) and SBOT’s Judicial Section; Texas Bar Foundation; Juvenile Board of Bexar County, Infrastructure Liaison Committee and Programs Committee; Civil Jury Assignment Clerk Oversight Committee; Williams S. Sessions American Inns of Court; and Any Baby Can Board.

  


Directors — Candidate H: Christine Reinhard

 

Christine E. Reinhard is a founding partner of the locally-based, nine-lawyer firm, Schmoyer Reinhard LLP. Her practice focuses on all aspects of management-side labor and employment law, and as an active trial lawyer, she regularly defends employers in employment-based litigation throughout the state. Reinhard is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  


Reinhard has been an active member of the local bar community, having served as a Director of the San Antonio Bar Association and Foundation since 2014. This past year, Reinhard helped lead, along with the Honorable Judge Renee Yanta, Group 3 of the William S. Sessions Inns of Court in their January presentation, and she is currently assisting the Bexar County Women’s Bar Foundation with the establishment of their LEAD Academy. Reinhard has served as the Chair of the SABA Mentor-Mentee Committee and is a Past President of the Bexar County Women’s Bar Association and Foundation. She also recently wrapped up her three-year term as Chair of the Human Resources Committee for Seton Home, having previously served on its Board of Governors from 2009 to 2014.  


In 2014, Reinhard was named an Outstanding Lawyer by the San Antonio Business Journal. She also has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America since 2011 and as Super Lawyer or Rising Star since 2006. In 2012, she was named by Best Lawyers as their inaugural San Antonio Litigation-Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year.  


Reinhard is a proud graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law and Texas A&M University. In the fall, you can find her at every A&M home football game with her Aggie husband of 25 years, Zane, her Aggie daughter, Brittani, and soon-to-be son-in-law, Tyler Chance (an Aggie too!). Reinhard enjoys reading, traveling and being a San Antonio downtown denizen.

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Congratulations to the Stout family!

Posted By Erin Boren, Thursday, June 2, 2016

Local attorneys C. Austin and Katy Stout adopted brothers Roman (2) and Kannon (5) today in a ceremony presided by Judge Charles Montemayor. Katy’s father, Alfredo Padilla, another San Antonio attorney facilitated the adoption request, while a multitude of friends, family and local judiciary looked on. Austin of the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office was previously a briefing attorney in the 4th Court of Appeals. Katy is a practicing attorney and teacher. Austin and Katy met at South Texas College of Law on their first day and married in a surprise ceremony immediately following their law school graduation ceremony. Congratulations to them and their family! 

 

Check out all the photos HERE!

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Welcome to Larkin Chenault!

Posted By Marty Truss, SABA President, Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The last time SABA announced a new executive director in August 1966, Lyndon Johnson was President, we were at war in Vietnam, the Beatles were preparing to tour North America and a gallon of gasoline cost 32 cents. And I happened to just be graduating from diapers. A lot has changed to be sure, but SABA has been extremely fortunate for the last half-century to enjoy the consistent, dutiful and caring leadership of Jimmy Allison. Fifty years of newly licensed lawyers have enjoyed Jimmy’s mentorship and warmth as he welcomed them into the bar. Fifty years of judges, clerks, deputies and courthouse staff have been able to count on Jimmy’s selfless and capable leadership of the bar association. Fifty years of bar leaders have taken comfort knowing Jimmy’s steady hands were always there to help guide our bar.


To ensure the bar association will remain in good hands for years to come, the Board of Directors with the help of an Executive Search Committee has been busy the past year locating a bar leader who can do justice to Jimmy’s extraordinary legacy and who can also lead the bar association boldly into the future. The Board and the Search Committee are very pleased to announce we’ve found just the person for the job. Please help me in welcoming D. Larkin Chenault as our new Executive Director effective June 1. Larkin will bring to SABA his tremendous energy and enthusiasm as well as more than 32 years of leadership experience with a variety of bar organizations at different leadership levels. 


After graduating from Transylvania University in Kentucky, Larkin attended Lexington Theological Seminary and spent several years in church administration before attending law school at the University of Louisville.  In 1984, Larkin took a position as Assistant Director of the Kentucky Bar Association where he designed and implemented Kentucky’s mandatory CLE program, also serving as state CLE director and supervising the accounting and computer systems of the organization. After three years, Larkin was selected as Executive Director of the Cincinnati Bar Association where he developed a national reputation as an extraordinary bar leader by quadrupling CLE income, tripling reserves, increasing membership by 30 percent and nearly tripling the budget and associated bar services. Larkin focused his efforts equally on inclusion by developing the Round Table, a minority lawyer opportunity program, increasing diversity in board nominations, committee appointments and staff hiring, and by implementing one of the first bar diversity training programs in the country. 


After seven years at the helm of the Cincinnati Bar Association, Larkin was hired as the Michigan State Bar Executive Director taking over for someone who had served in the role for nearly 30 years. Again Larkin served with distinction and won numerous ABA awards for diversity and access to justice programs until he moved to Ohio in 2000 and took the top job at the Cleveland Bar Association and helped merge two rival local bar associations and significantly increased membership and revenue for the combined association. After nine years, Larkin was selected to serve as Executive Director of the Connecticut Bar Association, which he helped stabilize declining budgets and membership, improve the quality of member services and implement new educational institutes and diversity initiatives.  


We are thrilled to have Larkin bringing these and many other key leadership experiences to his new role as our Executive Director. Larkin and Jimmy are already working together with all bar staff to ensure a smooth transition of leadership through the coming months. Larkin is in the process of relocating to San Antonio and his wife Martha, an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, will follow shortly after. Please help us welcome Larkin and his family to San Antonio and show them the hospitality and collegiality that makes the San Antonio bar so special.

 

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