March 11, 2019

Austin Bar Board and Officer Candidates Announced

The Austin Bar’s nominating committee has announced it slate of officer and board candidates for the 2019-2020 Bar year.

There is one contested race for the office of Treasurer. Amanda Arriaga and Blair Dancy are both running for that position.

The winner of that race will join President D. Todd Smith, President-Elect Kennon Wooten, and Secretary David Courreges on the Executive Committee when their terms begin on July 1, 2019.

The following candidates are vying for four seats on the Board of Directors.  The director positions are for two-year terms.

Rob Frazer
Leslie Hill
Megan Honey Johnson
Mary Ellen King
Travis Plummer
Pete Reid

Any qualified member not receiving a nomination by the committee may be included on the ballot by submitting a written petition signed by 75 members of the Austin Bar Association by Wed. April 10, 2019.

A link to the electronic ballot will be sent to Austin Bar members  on April 12, 2019 by Ballot Box Online.  The email will be sent from noreply@ballotboxonline.  Member are encouraged to add this address to their safe-senders list to ensure it doesn’t go to their spam filters. Online voting will end at 5 p.m. on Thurs., May 2.  The final day to vote will be at the Bench Bar Conference and Annual Meeting held on Fri. May 3 at the Austin Country Club.

officers

2019-2020 Executive Committee:

D. Todd Smith, President

Kennon Wooten, President-Elect

David Courreges, Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

Candidates for Treasurer:

Amanda Arriaga

Amanda Arriaga was president of the Austin Young Lawyers Association in 2014 and has served on the Austin Bar Board since 2015. While on the board, she was co – chair of the Bench Bar committee, expanding opportunities for participation of CLE speakers in the program. Arriaga also served as the chair of the Austin Bar Gala committee and was recognized as the Outstanding Committee Chair in 2017-2018.

 

 

 

Blair Dancy

Blair Dancy is a partner with Cain & Skarnulis where he practices insurance coverage. He has been active with the Austin Bar since 1997, and has served on its Board of Directors since 2016, receiving the “Outstanding Board Member” award in 2017 and 2018. He has been co-chair of the Bench Bar committee for numerous years, and was a founding member of the Entertainment Sports Law section, having also served as the section’s co-vice-chair. Dancy has also served for 10 years on the board of directors for Texas Accountants and Lawyer for the Arts, and is in his second year of serving on the State Bar’s insurance section’s governing council.

candidates for BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Rob Frazer

Rob Frazer is a Board Certified Family Law attorney practicing primarily in Austin, Texas. Rob has been an active member of the Austin Bar Association for many years and has served on the Bench Bar Planning Committee, the Austin Bar Gala Planning Committee, the Law-Related Legal Education Committee, is a graduate of the Austin Bar Leadership Academy and is on the Lawyers For Literacy Committee. Rob is also an active member of St. David’s Episcopal Church.

 

 

 

Leslie Hill

Leslie Hill is the Chief Counsel of the Travis County Office of Child Representation.  She has served as a prosecutor with the Travis County District Attorney’s Office, the Legal Services Director at SafePlace, a prosecutor with the Travis County Attorney’s Office and as a mediator.  She is a member of the Austin Bar Association and the Adoption Day Committee.  Ms. Hill has served as a board member for Lawyer Referral Service and Asian Family Support Services of Austin (Saheli).  Ms. Hill is a Child Welfare Law Specialist

 

 

Megan Honey Johnson

Megan Honey Johnson is staff attorney to Judge Tim Sulak.  Prior to public service, she practiced litigation and IP law at Jackson Walker. She serves on the Austin Bar’s Bench Bar Committee and as an Austin Bar mentor. Johnson is a member of the Civil Litigation Section and AYLA, and is a graduate of the 2017 Austin Bar/AYLA Leadership Academy class.

 

 

 

 

Mary Ellen King

Mary Ellen King is Director of Contract Management for LCRA. She has served on the AYLA Board of Directors, was the 2012 AYLA Outstanding Young Lawyer, received AYLA’s President’s Award of Merit in 2013, and was a member of the Austin Bar Association Leadership Academy. She also served as Judicial Reception Committee Chair from 2010 to 2014.  She was a member of the Solo and Small Firm Section where she has served as chair, vice-chair, and programming committee chair.  She served as president of the Dripping Springs Rotary Club, and chair of the Rotary Club Foundation. She currently serves as elder for the Dripping Springs Presbyterian Church and is a member of the TCWLA.

 

Travis Plummer

Travis Plummer is a senior attorney at Dykema Gossett where he counsels clients on general commercial, construction, insurance, consumer, and healthcare litigation. He served for three years as chair of the leadership committee for the Austin Bar/AYLA Leadership Academy, and was named outstanding committee chair for his efforts. Plummer serves on the Austin Bar’s Law-Related Legal Education Committee, chairs the Dykema Associates Committee, assists with other Austin Bar activities, and handles pro bono cases for VLS and RAICES.

 

 

Pete Reid

Pete Reid owns Pete Reid Law, specializing in business litigation and sports law. Pete is a current board member of the Austin Bar Foundation, and recent chair of the Entertainment and Sports Law section.  Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, Reid first came to Austin as a UT Law student in 1995.