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Slate Candidates for SABA Board Elections

The SABA Nomination Committee is pleased to present the slate for the election of the SABA Board of Directors.  2020-21 Board members will serve under David Evans (current SABA President-elect).
 
 
Officer Candidates
President-elect                      Dawn Finlayson
Treasurer                                Lawrence Morales
Secretary                                Donna McElroy
 
 
Director Candidates 
Four Board Members shall be elected from the following candidates:
 
Charla Davies
Charlie Deacon
Loraine Efron
Nick Guinn
Greta McFarling
Lauren Scott
Krishna Reddy
Jaclyn Roberson
 
The online election will be conducted April 1-29.  In compliance with social distancing guidelines, there will be no paper ballots or in person voting. Beginning in 2021, the SABA Board elections will be conducted entirely online, in alignment with non-profit best practices and SABA green initiatives.
 
The nominees' bios are as followed:
 
President-Elect
Dawn Finlayson
Caldwell & Finlayson PLLC
Labor & Employment Law
St Mary's University School of Law, 1978
 
Membership Organizations
  • San Antonio Bar Association, Secretary
  • San Antonio Manufacturers Association, Course Director, Annual Employment Law Seminar
  • St. Mary’s School Of Law – 40 Year Alumni Class Reunion, Co-Chair
Accolades
  • Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” San Antonio Labor & Employment – 2015
  • Women’s Leadership Award – San Antonio Business Journal – 2016
  • San Antonio Women’s Magazine – Top Five – Women in the Law - 2017
Why vote for me?
The Treasurer of the San Antonio Bar Association is a position of high trust and confidence.  I am honored to be asked to run for this position, especially since, if elected, I would follow in the footsteps of recent Treasurers like Ty Sheehan, Dave Evans and Tom Crosley.  As a member of the Board, I’m well aware of the fiduciary responsibilities of this position, and I understand the commitment of time and effort to keep the financial ship afloat. Given my previous five years as a member of the Board of SABA, I believe I am best suited for the position of Treasurer because I have a good understanding of the operations of SABA and knowledge of exactly how the financial pieces fit together.  If elected, I will commit to following in the footsteps of those who preceded me, and will be honored to have the trust of the members of SABA.
 
Treasurer
Lawrence Morales II
The Morales Firm, PC
Employment Law & Business Litigation
Baylor Law School, 2005
Membership Organizations
  • San Antonio Bar Association, Secretary 2019-2020
  • San Antonio Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2017 - 2019
  • San Antonio Bar Foundation, Board of Directors, 2017-2019
  • Labor and Employment Section of San Antonio Bar Association, Founder and Chair, 2018-Present
  • American Bar Association, Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee, Fellow, 2012 – 2014
  • San Antonio Human Resource Management Association, Government Affairs Director, 2011 – 2013
  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Labor and Employment Law Committee, Vice-Chair, 2011 – 2014
  • San Antonio Young Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, 2007 – 2009
  • Texas Cowboys Alumni Association, Board of Directors, 2013-Present
Accolades
  • State Bar of Texas, Grievance Committee Panel 10-3 Chairperson, 2020-Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Grievance Committee Panel 10-3 Member, 2018-2019
  • Law Clerk to The Honorable Priscilla Owen of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Highest Ranking Graduate in Baylor Law School Class
  • San Antonio Business Journal, Outstanding Lawyers Edition, 2016
  • Texas Super Lawyers, 2015 – 2020
  • S.A.'s San Antonio's Best Lawyers Edition, Employment Litigation, 2010 – 2019
  • Published in The Texas Bar Journal, The Advocate, The San Antonio Lawyer, and The Essentials of E-Discovery.
Why vote for me?
As the namesake of an attorney who has practiced in San Antonio for nearly 40 years, it is entirely possible that you may accidentally vote for me, thinking that you are voting for my dad. I am not so naïve to believe that this would be the first time I have benefited from the name and respect that my dad has earned during his career. However, aside from being my dad’s son, I hope that you vote for me because I understand that, like our city is the smallest big town (or biggest small town) in America, our bar has a unique familial quality. While zealously representing our clients, our members manage to treat their colleagues with respect and professionalism. Our members understand that how we conduct ourselves is likely the only interaction with the justice system our clients will experience firsthand, and consequently integrity and honor are fundamental to the rule of law. If elected, I will work to preserve this unique quality in our bar so that one day I can pass it on intact to my kids.
 
 
Secretary
Donna McElroy
Dykema
 
Membership Organizations
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Accolades
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Director
Charla Davies
Langley & Banack, Inc
Family Law; Board Certified Family Law, 2017
St Mary's University School of Law, 2000
Membership Organizations
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Texas     
    • Family Law Section
  • San Antonio Bar Association     
    • Family Law Section (Chair 2018- 2020)
  • San Antonio Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Texas Family Law Foundation, Fellow
  • Bexar County Women’s Bar Association
  • Collaborative Divorce Texas
  • Collaborative Divorce Professionals of San Antonio (President 2015- 2017)
  • Texas Association of Family Law Specialists
  • San Antonio Family Law Specialists (Treasurer 2018-2020)
Accolades
  • Best Lawyers in San Antonio, SA Scene, 2015 – 2020 (Family Law) 
  • Texas Rising Star – Texas Monthly Magazine 2009-2010 
Why vote for me?
I have proven my commitment to our local bar as the Chair of the Family Law Section for the last 2 years and believe that it is important that the family law section have a voice on the board.  I will work hard to improve the services that the bar provides to its members.  
 
Director
Charlie Deacon
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
Healthcare, Litigation, Disputes
St Mary's University School of Law, 1983
 
Membership Organizations
  • William S. Sessions American Inns of Court (Past President)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates-San Antonio Chapter (Past President)
  • HeartGift San Antonio Board of Directors  (Past President)
  • The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation Board
  • The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Endowment Board
  • Alma College Board of Trustees
Accolades
  • Client Choice Award, health care and life sciences, International Law Office and Lexology, 2014
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2008 - 2020
  • Lawyer of the Year, San Antonio: Healthcare, Best Lawyers, 2012, 2016, 2020
  • Texas Super Lawyer, civil litigation, Thomson Reuters, 2003 - 2019
  • AV Rated Lawyer, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
  • Texas Top Rated Lawyer, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, 2012 - 2014
  • Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Law  since 1994
  • Texas Bar Foundation Fellow
Why vote for me?
Because I believe that working in an inclusive collegial manner, supported by experience, the ability to listen and respect for opinions of others are important to the sustainability of our Association
 
Director
Loraine Efron
Law Office of Loraine Efron
Membership Organizations
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Accolades
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Director
Nick Guinn
Gunn, Lee & Cave, PC
Intellectual Property
St Mary's University School of Law, 2013
 
Membership Organizations
  • SABA, Director
  • St. Mary’s University Law Alumni Association, Director
  • Hispanic Law Alumni Association, Director
  • TYLA, former Secretary
  • SAYLA, former Director
  • William B. Sessions American Inn of Court, member
Accolades
  • SAYLA Outstanding Young Lawyer, 2019
  • Law clerk to Chief United States District Judge Fred Biery, 2013–2014
  • St. Mary’s University School of Law Christian Citizenship Award, 2013
  • Judge Jack B. Miller Award for Dedication, Integrity & Professionalism, Recipient 2013
  • Order of Barristers
  • Mrs. Fey’s 4th Grade Class Representative to the Locke Hill Elementary Student Council, 1998–1998
 
 
Why vote for me?
I was born and raised in San Antonio, and have practiced law here since the start of my career, and San Antonio is where I’ll stay. This community is important to me. My family and friends live here. I hope that my record of involvement with various organizations in this community, and in particular in the San Antonio legal community, reflect the way I feel about San Antonio and our local bar. If re-elected Director, I’m confident I will bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the Board. Serving as an active member of several  Boards, including, SABA, SAYLA and TYLA over the last several years has given me thorough knowledge and understanding of the operations of several bar associations. My involvement in SABA, in particular, gives me familiarity with the organization and how it runs. I have enjoyed my first term on the board and I hope to continue to contribute to the Association and Foundation for many years to come. Thank you for your consideration.
 
Director
Greta S. McFarling
Chasnof | Stribling
Appellate & Commercial Litigation
St Mary's University School of Law, 2005
Membership Organizations
  • San Antonio Bar Association, Appellate Section (Special Programs Co-chair)
  • Bexar County Women’s Bar Association (President 2018 and current member)
  • SAY Sí, board member
  • The Magik Theatre, board member 
  • Oak Meadow Elementary School PTA, newsletter chair
Accolades
  • Leadership San Antonio, Class 45 
  • Past President, Texas Association of Appellate Court Attorneys
Why vote for me?
SABA provides vital functions for both our profession and our community, including opportunities for mentorship, education, and pro bono work. I hope to serve as an ambassador for SABA and will work to encourage and grow our membership.

Director
Lauren A. Scott
Bexar County District Attorney's Office
Criminal Law - Prosecution
St Mary's University School of Law, 2008
 
Membership Organizations
  • SABA Appellate Section, past Secretary and past Treasurer 
Accolades
  • CLE Presentations:
  • “Jury Charges: Was it right? Did it hurt?” at 2017 Robert O. Dawson Conference on Criminal Appeals
  • “Top Ten Appellate Pitfalls” at 2018 TDCAA Annual Criminal & Civil Law Update
Why vote for me?
Historically, prosecutors’ involvement with SABA has been low.  I would like to see this change.  I hope to help bridge a connection between the District Attorney’s Office and SABA.  I want to help prosecutors see the benefits SABA can provide them by way of training and networking opportunities.   Prosecutors can also bring benefits to SABA by providing unique knowledge and perspective of criminal law and also a depth of jury trial experience.  Thank you for considering me for the SABA Board of Directors.  
 
Director
Krishna Reddy
Meritz | Reddy, PLLC
General Litigation & Mediation
St Mary's University School of Law, 2008
 
Membership Organizations
  • CASA Board of Directors – Secretary
  • Texas Minority Counsel Program – Steering Committee
  • San Antonio Rotary – Co-Chair of Snack Pak 4 Kids
  • Bexar County Medical/Legal Liaison Committee 
  • Founder’s Council – Texas Biomedical Research Institute
  • San Antonio Defense Counsel 
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
Accolades
  • Leadership SBOT 
  • Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star – 2012, 2013, 2014, 1015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 
  • Former SAYLA Vice-President and Secretary 
Why vote for me?
I have been a long-standing member of the San Antonio Bar Association and was previously on the Board of Directors for the San Antonio Young Lawyers Association (SAYLA) for several years. Through my participation in these organizations along with serving on the Steering Committee of the State Bar of Texas Minority Counsel Program, I was able to increase participation and opportunities for various members of the State Bar in various legal organizations. I believe that my past leadership experience will allow me to further the mission of SABA and advocate for SABA. 

San Antonio is one of the fastest growing areas in Texas, and I believe that my active involvement in the San Antonio legal community will give me the ability to be an asset to the SABA Board and help increase participation in the program.
I have a strong interest in furthering the interests of the San Antonio Bar Association and the creation of new opportunities and networking for our local members. I take the opportunity to serve SABA as a board member very seriously, and if elected, I will strive to help increase participation, foster relationships among our members, and increase networking opportunities for the membership. 
 
 

Director
Jaclyn Roberson
Roberson Duran Law, PLLC
Family Law, Mediation, Probate, & Estate Planning
Tulane Law School, 2003
 
Membership Organizations
  • Municipal Courts Advisory Committee, San Antonio City Council Bexar County Dispute Resolution Center Board Member
  • San Antonio Bar Association Board Member
  • State Bar of Texas African-American Lawyers Section Board Member San Antonio Black Lawyers Association Past President
  • San Antonio Texas Exes Past President
  • Alamo Area Mediators Association
  • State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee Past Member
Accolades
  • S.A. Scene “Best Family Law Attorneys”, 2015-2019
  • Course Director, 2018 Extreme Family Law Makeover CLE, Family Law Section of the San Antonio Bar Association
Why vote for me?
I am committed to the growth of the San Antonio Bar Association through outreach and education about our services and what we provide to the San Antonio legal community. Having served on the board of the Family Law Section of the San Antonio Bar Association as well as co-chair of Law Week, I am aware of the hard work this organization puts in every day and I have enjoyed being a part of it. If elected, I look forward to working with the San Antonio Bar Association on programming that makes all members of our bar feel included, welcome and eager to participate.