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As members of the ADR Section, you are invited to participate in the planning and conversation that helps shape and influence the nature of our section. One avenue of participation is through our committees. Below is the list of committees from which to choose. Hopefully, one will strike an interest!

Please contact the Chair or any Council Member to sign up. Also, if you would like to see the Section get involved in a project, please send us an email. The list of council members with corresponding email addresses can be found under the “The Section” link – “Officers.”

 

Membership Committee – recruits and retains members through communications (emails and phone calls), including welcome letters and invitations to participate in events and committees; identifies unmet member expectations; and receives feedback from members.

  • Hon. Susan Soussan (Chair)
  • Linda Meekins McLain
  • David Calvillo
  • Brian White
  • Michael P. O’Reilly

 

Nominating Committee – recruits candidates to serve on the Council and as officers of the Council.

  • Joey Cope (Chair)
  • Robert Prather, Sr.
  • Ronnie Hornberger
  • Erich Birch
  • Patty Wenetschlaeger

 

Annual Meeting Committee – the section holds its annual meeting at the same time and place as the State Bar’s annual meeting. This committee coordinates activities for the annual meeting. In particular, the committee plans and leads the CLE portion of the annual meeting. The Chair-elect of the section serves as Chair of the annual meeting committee.

  • Ronnie Hornberger (Co-Chair)
  • Robert Prather, Sr. (Co-Chair)
  • David Cavillo
  • Hon. Susan Soussan
  • Brian White

 

CLE Program Committee – plans, proposes topics and speakers for Council approval, coordinates with the State Bar, and leads the section’s stand-alone CLE program.

  • Ronnie Hornberger (Chair)
  • Hon. Alvin Zimmerman
  • Hon. Caroline Baker
  • Hon. John J. Specia, Jr.
  • John K. Boyce, III
  • Cecilia Morgan
  • Robert Prather, Sr.
  • David Calvillo
  • Patty Wenetschlaeger
  • Don Philbin

 

Outreach and Legislative Committee – establishes relationships with other sections of the Bar and other relevant organizations that the Council deems beneficial to the section; during Texas legislative sessions, monitors bills affecting dispute resolution processes outside the courtroom that involve a third party neutral, especially mediation and arbitration (the monitoring may be done in cooperation with other organizations); determines issues that the Section may wish to propose for the State Bar legislative agenda.

  • (Chair)
  • Hon. John J. Specia, Jr.
  • Erich Birch

 

Frank G. Evans Award Committee – solicits nominations based on the criteria established for this award; presents list of finalists for Council approval by the Spring Council meeting of any year in which the award will be presented at the annual meeting; drafts article on award recipient for summer newsletter.

  • Hon. John J. Specia, Jr. (Chair)
  • Melynda Jayson
  • Don Philbin
  • Hon. Susan Soussan
  • Bill Short

 

Communication Committee – overseas the Section newsletter, website, and other communication strategies.

  • Don Philbin (Chair)
  • Joey Cope
  • Linda Meekins McLain
  • Bill Short
  • Michael P. O’Reilly

 

International DR Committee – provides information and proposes training relevant to neutrals and advocates who seek to more effectively assist parties or represent clients when the matter has an international component.

  • Wayne Fagan (Chair)
  • Lonnie Schooler

 

Purpose Committee – responsible for by-laws and book publishing

  • Don Philbin (Chair)
  • Robert Prather, Sr.
  • Melinda Jayson
  • Hon. John J. Specia, Jr.
  • Donna Phillips
Committee Charges

State Bar of Texas

Alternative Dispute Resolution Section

Committee Charges – July 2011

 

 

Nominating Committee (see Section Bylaws)

 

Composition: The Chair of the Nominating Committee will be the Immediate-Past Chair of the Section. The Chair of the Section will appoint four additional committee members from the Council. One of the committee members may be a public member and one may be an ex-officio member. All appointments to the Nominating Committee must be made not less than ninety days prior to the next annual meeting.

 

Charge: The Nominating Committee is charged with the following action items.

 

  • The Nominating Committee will make nominations for the offices of Chair, Chair-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, and Immediate-Past Chair of the Section. In addition, the Nominating Committee will make nominations for new Council members to succeed current members whose terms will expire at the end of the annual meeting and to fill terms left vacant.
  • The Nominating Committee will contact all individuals nominated for offices or for Council membership to secure permission of the nominees for the nominations.
  • The Nominating Committee, through its Chair, will present its slate of candidates to the Council for approval at the Third Quarter meeting (usually held in April).
  • Upon approval of the Council, the Chair of the Section will give notice of the nominations to the entire membership no less than thirty days prior to the annual meeting and the election. Notice is customarily published in the Section newsletter.
  • Following approval of the Council of the nominees, the Chair of the Nominating Committee will assign members of the Nominating Committee to contact the approved nominees, inform them of the Council’s action, provide them with information regarding the date and times for the annual meeting of the Section and the First Quarter meeting of the Council.
  • The Chair of the Nominating Committee will present the slate of nominees at the annual meeting.

 

Annual Meeting Committee

 

Composition: The Chair of the Annual Meeting Committee is appointed by the Chair of the Section. Customarily, the Chair-Elect is appointed as the Chair of the Annual Meeting Committee. The size of the Annual Meeting Committee is determined by its Chair, who also selects its members. Committee Chairs are encouraged to recruit committee members from the Section at-large, in addition to including Council members.

 

Charge: The Annual Meeting Committee is charged with the following action items.

 

  • The Annual Meeting Committee will work with the Chair of the Section and the State Bar of Texas Sections Office in making arrangements (room, date, times, and audio-visual needs) for the Section’s annual meeting, the continuing legal education (CLE) program, and the Council’s First Quarter meeting (all events held in conjunction with the State Bar’s Annual Convention).
  • The Annual Meeting Committee will develop and implement the CLE program.
    • The Annual Meeting Committee will secure speakers and topics.
    • The Annual Meeting Committee will act as the liaison between the State Bar and the speakers in securing the speakers’ biographical information, presentation descriptions, and presentation materials for inclusion in the Annual Convention Event Guide and CLE materials distribution.
    • The Annual Meeting Committee or its designee(s) will work with the State Bar Sections Office as onsite contact(s) at the Annual Convention.

 

Membership Committee

 

Composition: The Chair of the Membership Committee is appointed by the Chair of the Section. The size of the Membership Committee is determined by its Chair, who also selects its members. It is recommended that the Committee be comprised of at least three members, including its Chair. Committee Chairs are encouraged to recruit committee members from the Section at-large, in addition to including Council members.

 

Charge: The Membership Committee is charged with the following action items.

 

  • The Membership Committee will track Section membership statistics and demographics and will make regular reports to the Council.
  • The Membership Committee will regularly review benefits made available to Section members and make recommendations to the Council regarding new benefits and changes to existing benefits.
  • The Membership Committee will design a process for communicating to renewing members, new members, and non-renewing members.
  • The Membership Committee is charged with developing recruiting programs for Section membership.
  • The Membership Committee should consider the viability of designing a new member packet (could be actually printed and mailed – or produced and distributive electronically).
  • The Membership Committee should field all membership inquiries coming to the Section.

 

Communication Committee

 

Composition: The Chair of the Communication Committee is appointed by the Chair of the Section. The Committee shall be comprised of its Chair, the Co-Editors of the Section newsletter, and at least two other members. At least one of the members should have interest and/or experience in website content or management. Committee Chairs are encouraged to recruit committee members from the Section at-large, in addition to including Council members.

 

Charge: The Communication Committee is charged with the following action items.

 

  • The Communication Committee will be responsible for development and management of all communication from the Council to the Section and the public.
  • The Communication Committee will develop a communication policy that will guide the utilization of the newsletter, the email list-serve, and the website.
  • The Communication Committee will explore and recommend uses of new technology (including social media) that will attract new Section members, provide value to current Section members, and extend the reach of the Section.
  • The Communication Committee will work closely with the Newsletter Co-Editors in identifying and appointing individuals to be named to the Newsletter Editorial board.

 

 

Annual CLE Program Committee

 

 

Composition: The Chair of the Annual CLE Program Committee is appointed by the Chair of the Section. The size of the Annual CLE Program Committee is determined by its Chair, who also selects its members. It is recommended that the Committee be comprised of at least three members, including its Chair. Committee Chairs are encouraged to recruit committee members from the Section at-large, in addition to including Council members.

 

Charge: The Annual CLE Program Committee is charged with the following action items.

 

  • The Annual CLE Program Committee will be responsible for development and implementation of the Section’s annual continuing legal education program.
  • The Annual CLE Program Committee will work closely with the State Bar’s CLE Office in setting dates and locations for the event.
  • In the past, the ability to retain certain speakers has required that the Section contribute to the speakers’ fees. The Annual CLE Program Committee will present its recommendation(s) for paying such fees to the Council for approval.

 

 

Outreach and Legislative Committee

 

Composition: The Chair of the Outreach and Legislative Committee is appointed by the Chair of the Section. The size of the Outreach and Legislative Committee is determined by its Chair, who also selects its members. It is recommended that the Committee be comprised of at least three members, including its Chair. Committee Chairs are encouraged to recruit committee members from the Section at-large, in addition to including Council members.

 

Charge: The Outreach and Legislative Committee is charged with the following action items.

 

  • The Outreach and Legislative Committee will be responsible for monitoring legislative activities pertaining to all aspects of Alternative Dispute Resolution.
  • The Outreach and Legislative Committee will provide the Council with regular reports of pending legislation and interpretations of the effect of both pending and enacted legislation.
  • Upon approval of the Council and within the guidelines established by the State Bar prohibiting lobbying efforts by individual sections, the Outreach and Legislative Committee will assist the Chair of the Section in the preparation and dissemination of information to legislators, their staff, and to the general public regarding any such legislation.
  • The Outreach and Legislative Committee will provide information to the Communication Committee for possible inclusion in communication distributed to Section members and the general public.

 

 

Justice Frank G. Evans Award Committee (see website)

 

Composition: The Chair of the Evans Award Committee is appointed by the Chair of the Section. In addition to the Chair of the committee, the Chair of the Section will appoint four members of the Council to serve.

 

Charge: The Evans Award Committee is charged with the following action items.

 

  • The Evans Award Committee will solicit nominations for the Evans Award. No more than two awards may be awarded annually. The Committee will provide nomination forms to members of the Council and to other non-State Bar ADR associations. The Committee will publish the nomination form in the Section newsletter (preferably the Fall edition).
  • Nominations received are active for a period of two years. The Evans Award Committee will be responsible for carrying forward nominations of individuals who were not selected to the next year’s Evans Award Committee.
  • The nomination period closes on March 1 of each year. As soon as possible thereafter, the Evans Award Committee shall convene for the purpose of selecting the award recipient(s). The Committee’s selection must be subsequently be approved by the Council in its Third Quarter meeting (normally held in April).
  • The Evans Award Committee will coordinate and participate in the presentation of the Justice Frank G. Evans Award during the annual meeting of the Section, including selection and procurement of the physical award to be presented.
  • The Evans Award Committee will provide a news story/press release to the Co-Editors of the Section Newsletter for inclusion in the next published edition.

 

 

International Dispute Resolution Committee

 

Composition: The Chair of the International Dispute Resolution Committee is appointed by the Chair of the Section. The size of the International Dispute Resolution Committee is determined by its Chair, who also selects its members. It is recommended that the Committee be comprised of at least three members, including its Chair. Committee Chairs are encouraged to recruit committee members from the Section at-large, in addition to including Council members.

 

Charge: The International Dispute Resolution Committee is charged with the following action items.

 

  • The International Dispute Resolution Committee will monitor international developments in the field of dispute resolution.
  • The International Dispute Resolution Committee will develop relationships for the Section that will enhance the Section’s network and influence.
  • The International Dispute Resolution Committee will report regularly to the Council on its activities.

 

 

Bylaws Committee

 

Composition: The Chair of the Bylaws Committee is appointed by the Chair of the Section. The size of the Bylaws Committee is determined by its Chair and the Chair of the Section, who together will select its members. It is recommended that the Committee be comprised of at least three members, including its Chair. In addition to including Council members, former members of the Council may be considered for inclusion on the committee.

 

Charge: The Bylaws Committee is charged with the following action items.

 

  • The Bylaws Committee will review the Bylaws currently in force.
  • The Bylaws Committee will make recommendations to the Council for its approval for revisions to the Bylaws.
  • The Bylaws Committee will provide notice to Section members at least thirty days prior to the meeting where any such approved revisions shall be considered and a vote taken.
  • Revisions to Bylaws of the Section are not effective until approved by the Board of Directors of the State Bar. The Chair of the Section will present such revisions to the Board of Directors. Members of the Bylaws Committee should be available to answer inquiries by the Board.