Dear Fellow Texas Lawyers,
I want to give my time and energy to ensure all of our lawyers have an equal opportunity to succeed. I have been working to promote diversity and equality of opportunity for almost as long as I have been a lawyer.
If elected as President-Elect, I will focus on three main platforms: (1) creating and supporting diverse small lawyer groups for newly licensed lawyers where the State Bar helps lawyer peers to get to know one another, share best practices and become better connected with their legal community; (2) implementing a “We Care” campaign for lawyers for whom outward indications, such as TLAP or the grievance system, indicate risks for suicide, depression or substance abuse; and (3) designating a Grievance Support Attorney modeled after the Succession Planning Designation of Custodian Attorneys the Bar unveiled in 2019, so that any Texas lawyer who fails to respond to a grievance can have a designated mentor intervene on his or her behalf.
I am a strong leader. I have a proven track record of accomplishments that create meaningful change. I will bring innovation, judgment and diplomacy for the benefit of the Bar, its members and the public. I will be inclusive, and will never marginalize or demean anyone. I will run a strong and fair campaign. If elected, I will do the work necessary to lead our Bar toward greater good.
One of my favorite quotes is by Winston Churchill: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” My life is full in knowing that I have facilitated opportunities for many minority lawyers to succeed, whether as an AWA scholarship recipient, a lawyer who has made connections with potential clients through the TMCP Dine Around, or through guidance received through the HBA Mentorship Program.
I hope that the COVID-19 pandemic subsides and that I have the opportunity to travel across Texas to meet you. I am interested in hearing your ideas concerning how the Bar can be of better service to you and the public. If we haven’t gotten to meet by the time you read this, please feel free to call me at (713) 658-4635 or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your time and attention. I look forward to continuing to serve you, our wonderful members and the public who puts their trust in us.
Create and support diverse small lawyer groups for newly licensed lawyers where the State Bar helps lawyer peers to get to know one another, share best practices and become better connected with their legal community.
Implement a “We Care” campaign for lawyers for whom outward indications, such as TLAP or the grievance system, indicate risks for suicide, depression or substance abuse.
Designate a Grievance Support Attorney modeled after the Succession Planning Designation of Custodian Attorneys the Bar unveiled in 2019, so that any Texas lawyer who fails to respond to a grievance can have a designated mentor intervene on his or her behalf.
What others have to say about Laura
“I know Laura well and have had many opportunities to observe her with awe. She is a transformational leader. She immediately rises to the top of every organization she joins, but more importantly, she brings vision and nurtures change. Laura thinks big, sweats the details, brings out the best in people and gets results. As an outgrowth of her passion for using the law as an instrument of change, she founded and now chairs the Liberty & Justice For All Task Force whose purpose is to educate the citizens of Texas about laws that suppress minority voting and to work towards legislative reform. This timely, but complex endeavor suits Laura’s can-do attitude and relentless spirit. As President of the Association of Woman Attorneys, she created a gestalt around the organization that made people want to join and participate, making it a force in helping women and to set its path as a vital, meaningful tool for progress in the legal community. Women often muse about another “I don’t know how she does it.” I observed that quandary about Laura more than anyone else I know. She is gracious in the face of adversity, tenacious in the face of resistance to change, thoughtful in the face of the status quo, and modest in light of her accomplishments.”
Past SBOT President
“Laura has made a lasting difference in organizations dedicated to promoting diversity in the legal profession. She has given an extraordinary amount of time to the TMCP, as a member of the Steering Committee (2007-2012), Co-Chair (2009 and 2010) and Chair of the Counsel Award Recognition Committee (2011).
I personally observed her work tirelessly to implement innovative ideas to take the TMCP to a new and sustainable level. I was amazed by her commitment, the energy and enthusiasm she brought to the task, and the large number of people who knew her and obviously respected her contributions. For example, she suggested the “Dine Around” idea to create an opportunity for TMCP attendees to interact socially with fellow attendees. She suggested that, rather than raising money by cold calling from the old call list, we all call our own contacts and report on those calls. She also recruited the first and only presidential sponsor the TMCP ever had, and they sponsored for three years at the $10,000 level.
Finally, under her leadership, the Counsel Award Recognition Committee developed the inaugural Trailblazer Outside Counsel of the Year Award. In addition to everything she is already doing for our profession and community, she has also served the last year as a mentor to a young woman attorney who is African American and is working in a contract position now but looking for a full-time position.”
2012 TMCP Trailblazer Award Recipient
“Laura Gibson is ideal to lead the State Bar and the lawyers of Texas as we transition to practice in the post-pandemic era and are forced to confront the challenges and the resulting changes to the practice of law.”
James E. Brill
2019 Inaugural Winner of SBOT James E. Brill Award for Excellence in Succession Planning and Founder of Solos Supporting Solos
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