SBOT Search Committee to Name Next Executive Director

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Former State Bar of Texas President Trey Apffel is slated to become the bar's next executive director.

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  • Steve Fischer

    Well as the search director stated "why even bother doing a search because they want Trey" Trey is there solely to thwart the will of the voting attorneys- the fix was in a long time ago. There may be an email campaign to block him but as long as he doesn‘t use bar funds or censors and editorializes candidate‘s statements he may be ok. Executive Directors should stay out of elections. The Bar has improved over recent years but it needs to stay on track to be more supportive, more transparent and more democratic.


    The Committee vote was 15-1. Mine was the lone vote against Mr. Apffel because I don‘t trust Mr. Apffel to protect our up-or-down right to vote in our State Bar referendum form of democracy. Mr. Apffel‘s June 22, 2016 testimony to the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission supporting the elimination of our decisive right to vote on proposed disciplinary rules may be viewed commencing at 11:13:34 at this link: Mr. Apffel’s testimony clearly reveals how out-of-touch his position is with the beliefs of a huge majority of our Bar members. For example: My campaign for President-Elect earlier this year was based upon preserving our decisive right to vote. This resulted in the largest Bar-member voter turnout in the history of all State Bar President-Elect races. At its conclusion, even though I was a “petition” candidate not nominated by Bar leadership, I was privileged to receive the most votes ever of any President-Elect candidate since the State Bar was created in 1939. Unfortunately, I believe this message was unheeded by the Bar’s Search Committee. Perhaps the Bar’s Board of Directors will correct what I believe to be the Committee’s mistake at its September 22 meeting in Lubbock. Meanwhile, I shall continue to protect our individual members’ right to vote by opposing the selection of Trey Apffel.

  • How about separating the Bar into two organizations, one issuing discipline and the other carrying on trade functions (such as its lucrative CLE-peddling about what its rules of discipline supposedly mean)? A growing quantity of states already have such a dichotomy, while Texas remains plagued with various conflicts of interest due to its lack of one. For more details, here are reform proposals (some of which have already been implemented through the Sunset process):

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