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State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019

State Bar of TexasSet against the eclectic backdrop of Austin at the JW Marriott on 2nd Street, this year’s State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting offered a lot to attendees. The programming struck a winning balance between the educational, entertaining, and intriguing. Opportunities to receive CLE were vast, with 37 bar sections producing more credit-collecting sessions than anyone could possibly attend.

It wasn’t just the raw number of programs that impressed. The State Bar of Texas roped in some heavy hitters to share their knowledge and experience. Among the numerous notable mentions were Dan Rather (yes that Dan Rather), Wil Haygood (award-winning author and reporter), Asha Rangappa (former FBI agent and CNN Contributor), David McCraw (VP & GC of the New York Times), and Mark Shaw (Executive VP and CLO of Southwest Airlines).

During our two days of audio coverage from the meeting for the State Bar of Texas Podcast, we recorded 14 episodes and heard from 26 participants, including State Bar of Texas President Randy Sorrels, State Bar of Texas Young Lawyers Association President Victor Flores, and Houston Bar Association President Benny Agosto. In addition, we interviewed preeminent speakers like Wil Haygood, Asha Rangappa, and David McCraw. Topics included everything from opinion vs. fact based journalism and the ethics of using contract attorneys to freedom of speech and the national debt.

Featured below is our 14 episode series of interviews as well as a list of esteemed guests, hosts, and participants. As a special offer, State Bar of Texas members who listen to the episode titled “State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: Josh Team and the Adaptable Lawyer” can get one hour of self-study MCLE credit. For more details, simply click on that episode page.

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: Josh Team and the Adaptable Lawyer

Keller Williams Realty President Josh Team joins host Rocky Dhir for a Q&A in front of a “live audience.” They discuss working with large companies, disruption across industries, and why organizations like Keller Williams seek attorneys who can keep up with the fast pace of innovation. *Members of the State Bar of Texas can qualify for one hour of self-study MCLE credit for listening to this episode (please see details within the episode page).

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: Bar Presidents Randy Sorrels and Benny Agosto, Jr.

Presidents Randy Sorrels, Benny Agosto, and Victor Flores, of the State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Association, and State Bar of Texas Young Lawyers Association respectively, sit down with host Rocky Dhir to talk about leadership, the importance of diversity, the need for time off, and the future plans of their organizations.

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: Conversation with Keynote Speaker Asha Rangappa

Former FBI agent and CNN analyst Asha Rangappa joins host Rocky Dhir for a conversation about disinformation vs. fake news, political polarization in the United States, and the importance of socializing with people who have different opinions.

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: Bench Bar Breakfast with Wil Haygood

Award winning author and journalist Wil Haygood stops by to discuss the people and events surrounding the nomination and later confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Tune in to hear the touching story of an inspirational letter that went unanswered for decades.

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: Ted Boutrous and Tom Leatherbury on Open Government Law and Fake News

Vinson & Elkins’ Appellate Practice Group Co-Leader Tom Leatherbury and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Partner Ted Boutrous sit down with host Rocky Dhir to talk about “fake news,” opinion bias in reporting, the value of the First Amendment, and the impact of public perceptions.

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: ‘Get Paid and Have a Life’ with Judge Audrey Moorehead

Judge Audrey Moorehead joins guest hosts Sally Pretorius of Kooners Fuller and Baili Rhodes of West Webb Allbritton & Gentry to talk about the importance of getting paid, having a life, and joining your local or specialty bar.

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: Ethical Use of Contract Lawyers with Penny Robe

Sometimes good help is hard to find, especially when it comes to your law practice. On this episode of the State Bar of Texas Podcast, attorney Penny Robe and host Rocky Dhir discuss the proper use of contract attorneys, fee splitting, and resources practitioners can turn to.

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: The U.S. National Debt with Larry Gibbs

The U.S. national debt is a subject that terrifies many. After all, how long can the world’s richest nation go without repaying its rapidly growing financial obligation? Miller & Chevalier senior counsel and former IRS commissioner Larry Gibbs sits down with host Rocky Dhir to discuss the dangers of running a large deficit and how other nations are trying to unseat the U.S. as the world’s reserve currency. Tune in to hear what citizens can do to reverse this trend.

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: What Kanye Can Teach Us About Litigation

Can Kanye West teach lawyers a thing or two about litigation? Well, DHD Films’ Elliot Mayén and Bell Nunnally & Martin Senior Associate Brent Turman think so. Tune in as they reveal what they’ve gleaned from one of the world’s most iconic performers and his journey to the top.

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: Free Press and the First Amendment with David McCraw

David McCraw, vice president and deputy general counsel of the New York Times, joins host Rocky Dhir and producer Laurence Colletti for a conversation about the First  Amendment, opinion vs. fact-based reporting, and the dangers associated with delegitimizing the press.

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: A View from the Bench with Judge Roy Ferguson

Judge Roy Ferguson of the Texas 394th Judicial District sits down with host Rocky Dhir to discuss common procedural mistakes that attorneys make that can potentially hurt their clients.

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: Representing Diverse Clients

Disability Rights Texas Senior Litigation Attorney Lia Davis and Monty & Ramirez Managing Attorney Jake Monty stop by for a conversation about the Americans with Disabilities Act and related legal obligations as well as advice for communicating with people who have disabilities. Additionally, they discuss diversity in hiring and issues that frequently come up.

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: The Science of Speaking with Noah Zandan

Have you ever wanted to be one of those dynamic presenters everyone raves about? Zoah Zandan, CEO and co-founder of Quantified, drops in to provide his best pointers for public speaking. Tune in to hear where even the most prepared presenter gets it wrong (hint: focus on the audience).

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: Fooding in Austin

They may not agree on barbecue or doughnuts, but the dedicated staff members of the State Bar of Texas do a wonderful job and are fun to hang out with. Tune in to hear Public Information Director Amy Starnes, Pro Bono Programs Administrator Hannah Allison, Web Content Specialist Jennifer Dunham, and Texas Bar Journal Assistant Editor Eric Quitugua dish on Austin food trucks, eclectic eateries, and hot spots with host Rocky Dhir.  


List of Participants (in alphabetical order):

  1. Benny Agosto (Houston Bar Association President)
  2. Hannah Allison (State Bar of Texas Pro Bono Programs Administrator)
  3. Ted Boutrous (Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Partner)
  4. Laurence Colletti (Legal Talk Network Executive Producer)
  5. Lia Davis (Disability Rights Texas Senior Litigation Attorney)
  6. Rocky Dhir (Atlas Legal Research President & CEO)
  7. Jennifer Dunham (State Bar of Texas Web Content Specialist)
  8. Victor Flores (State Bar of Texas Young Lawyers Association President)
  9. Judge Roy Ferguson (394th Judicial District)
  10. Larry Gibbs (Miller & Chevalier Senior Counsel and Former IRS Commissioner)
  11. Wil Haygood (Award-winning Author and Journalist)
  12. Tom Leatherbury (Vinson & Elkins’ Appellate Practice Group Co-Leader)
  13. Elliot Mayén (DHD Films Films and Marketing Consultant)
  14. David McCraw (New York Times Vice President and Deputy General Counsel)
  15. Jake Monty (Monty & Ramirez Managing Attorney)
  16. Judge Audrey Moorehead (Dallas County Criminal Court 3)
  17. Sally Pretorius (Texas Young Lawyers Association Immediate Past President and Koons Fuller Associate Attorney)
  18. Eric Quitugua (Texas Bar Journal Assistant Editor)
  19. Asha Rangappa (CNN Analyst and Former FBI Agent)
  20. Baili Rhodes (West Webb Allbritton & Gentry Partner)
  21. Penny Robe (Robe Law Firm President)
  22. Randy Sorrels (State Bar of Texas President)
  23. Amy Starnes (State Bar of Texas Public Information Director)
  24. Josh Team (Keller Williams Realty President)
  25. Brent Turman (Bell Nunnally & Martin Senior Associate)
  26. Noah Zandan (Quantified CEO & Co-Founder)


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After receiving his J.D. and MBA, Laurence Colletti went into solo practice with emphasis in general business and commercial real estate. He has always carried a strong passion for web-based media with a particular interest in podcasting and video. Laurence leverages his legal background against that passion to help bring sophisticated, relevant content to Legal Talk Network podcasts. You can follow Laurence on Twitter at @LaurenceEsq.