Lisa Tatum has won a historic election to become the first African-American president-elect of the State Bar of Texas. Kristy Sims Piazza also won election to become president-elect of the Texas Young Lawyers Association. Both women will assume their posts June 15 at the State Bar’s Annual Meeting.
Tatum (pictured at left), a San Antonio solo, says of her historic win: “It is an absolute honor. It is a profound statement. … [W]hat my responsibilities are beyond being the good steward and good servant, now I also have a face that’s representing a first.”
She earned 9,731 votes compared to 7,840 votes for her opponent, Steve Bolden, according to State Bar election results. Tatum says she plans to begin “getting oriented” soon for her term by learning more about programs State Bar leaders are working on now, and “hot issues” like the controversy over divorce forms for indigent self-represented litigants.
Sims Piazza (pcitured at right), who won 2,026 votes compared to opponent Shivali Sharma’s 1,438 votes, says she wants to prepare to launch project ideas like creating tool-kit guides for young lawyers for different practice areas and pro bono work, and an online job bank for young lawyers and law students.
“I am so honored and excited to be elected,” says Sims Piazza, an associate with Koons Fuller Vanden Eykel & Robertson in Plano.
According to the election results, candidates winning election to the State Bar Board of Directors include: Robert Guest, Louis H. Iselin, Laura Gibson, Denise Scofield, Larry McDougal, Lawrence Boyd, Robert E. Aldrich Jr., Sara E. Dysart, Thomas C. Riney and Roger A. Key.
Candidates winning election as TYLA directors include Baili B. Rhodes, Aaron T. Capps, William “Bill” Gardner, Leif Olson, Patrice B. Childress, Kathryn E. Boatman, Sally Pretorius, John W. Shaw, Shannon Steel, Danny Razo, Laura Hale and Sam Houston.
TYLA Director District 4 candidates Zeke Fortenberry and Kimberly Smith tied with 75 votes each; pursuant to its bylaws, TYLA decided the race by the flip of a coin, and Smith won the toss.
-- Angela Morris