State Bar board to meet July 27 on president’s online comments, diversity task force

The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors will hold a special meeting at 9 a.m. CDT Monday, July 27.

Among items on the agenda, the board will accept comments, discuss, and consider possible action regarding online commentary made by State Bar of Texas President Larry McDougal and other officers and directors. The board also will discuss the creation of a State Bar of Texas Task Force on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

To view the agenda click here. The meeting will be streamed live on the State Bar’s Facebook page—facebook.com/statebaroftexas.

Click here to see the board materials, which include the online commentary; a video-recorded apology from McDougal; joint statements issued by bar officers, committees, and sections; and other comments submitted by bar members and the public.

To participate by providing public comments during the meeting, please email amy.starnes@texasbar.com or call Public Information Director Amy Starnes at 800-204-2222, ext. 1706 (toll free) before 5 p.m. CDT on July 24. Please provide the agenda item number you wish to speak on.

Written comments will be accepted by email at boardofdirectors@texasbar.com until the time of the meeting. To ensure board members have time to review your written comments in advance of the meeting, please submit them by 5 p.m. CDT on July 22.

Laura Dawn

Laura Dawn Ouin is the founder of Third Coast Mediation & Consulting in Dallas, Texas, and is passionate about conflict resolution, communication and education. On a personal note, coffee AND tea lover, morning person, travel bug and dog whisperer.


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