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December 03, 2012

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Raphaela Pimiento

Do you mean to tell me a self-important Committee picked six candidates from amongst a small circle-- that they simply thumbed their nose at the 4900 attorneys who signed Steve Fischer's petition? Could you imagine how hard it is to get 500 attorneys to sign something? And here this guy got ten times that amount? I see the sentiment of the people gets high regard by the mighty few who select the short list.

Just read these descriptions. Seriously, read them. Most are lofty platitudes. Give me a break. How about taking a stand on what specific changes you would pursue if elected?

Talk about perpetuation of unexciting status quo cronyism. I guess that's why so many paying Members feel no stake, i.e. why they don't vote, and also why Steve Fischer had to go get the 4900 signatures.

Hey, candidates, don't tell me you think the Bar is a vehicle for service, that pro bono is a good thing, and that you have been a lawyer for 20 years. No kidding. That's earth shattering. How about saying what makes you different, how you will cut costs, what you will do to make things better for small firm practitioners, i.e. your ideas? This is not about you, this is about us.

There's a lot of struggling attorneys out there looking for leadership. That's why we will see more first time voters this election because, for once, the paying Members will get to make a substantive choice. I'll let you guess who they'll be voting for.

Raphaela Pimiento

Do you mean to tell me a self-important Committee picked six candidates from amongst a small circle-- that they simply thumbed their nose at the 4900 attorneys who signed Steve Fischer's petition? Could you imagine how hard it is to get 500 attorneys to sign something? And here this guy got ten times that amount? But he was not selected? I see the sentiment of the people gets high regard by the mighty few who select the short list.

Just read these descriptions. Seriously, read them. Most are lofty platitudes. Give me a break. How about taking a stand on what specific changes you would pursue if elected?

Talk about perpetuation of unexciting status quo cronyism. I guess that's why so many paying Members feel no stake, i.e. why they don't vote, and also why Steve Fischer had to go get the 4900 signatures.

Hey, candidates, don't tell me you think the Bar is a vehicle for service, that pro bono is a good thing, and that you have been a lawyer for 20 years. No kidding. That's earth shattering. How about talking about what makes you different, how you will cut costs, what you will do to make things better for small firm practitioners, i.e. your ideas? This is not about you, this is about us.

There's a lot of struggling attorneys out there looking for leadership. That's why we will see more first time voters this election because, for once, the paying Members will get to make a substantive choice. I'll let you guess who they'll be voting for.

Steve Fischer

There can be more than one -even of the bar anointees. In the 1940s there were sometimes 3 or 4 candidates.

In 1986 Tom Sharpe Jr decided to run independently. The Bar didn't pay much attention as he got his 175 signatures but when he came in a close second, the bar vowed there would never be any other but their own candidates again. In the next revision of the State Bar Act 81.019 they changed the requirements to 5% of all Texas Licensed Attorneys and that includes the 8000 or so practicing in other states - and overseas.

I will be the first challenger since the act was signed. At different times I was asked to be one of the bar's nominees but as 80% of attorneys trash the ballots rather than vote- I want to offer something different.

Bill Carson

Why can there only be two nominees on the ballot?

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