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Appellate Law Section

Our mission is to provide quality, advanced continuing legal education for appellate specialists and to encourage collegiality and communication among members of the appellate bench and bar.

Meeting Schedule:

Our section usually meets at noon on the 3rd Thursday of every month at the Belo Mansion, except we do not have meetings in July and August. Our December meeting in 2018 will be on December 6.


Next meeting:  

Our next meeting will be on December 6, 2018.  Our speaker will be April Farris of Yetter Coleman, LLP.  Aprill will address The Texas Citizens Participation Act: An Across-the-Board Game Changer. The presentation is approved for 1 hour of CLE. This meeting will also be our annual meeting, at which we will elect our officers and council for 2019.


Section News:

If you have event announcements or other information to share with Section members, contact Hilaree Casada, at hilareecasada@gmail.comto include your announcement in the monthly Section electronic newsletter.

Section Officers:

Rich Phillips
Thompson & Knight LLP
1722 Routh Street, Ste. 1500
Dallas, TX 75201

Vice Chair

Hilaree Casada
Fifth District Court of Appeals
600 Commerce Street, Ste. 200
Dallas, TX 75202

Kirsten Castañeda
Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP
4925 Greenville Ave., Suite 510
Dallas, TX 75206

Greg Lensing
Immediate Past Chair
Fifth District Court of Appeals
600 Commerce Street, Ste. 200
Dallas, TX 75202

Mary Scott
Board Advisor
Spencer Scott PLLC
12221 Merit Drive, Suite 160
Dallas, TX 75251

Section Council

Name: Thomas F. Allen Jr.
Firm: Jones Day
Firm Address: 2727 North Harwood Street, Suite 500
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201-1515
Business Phone: 214.220.3939

Name: Katherine Elrich
Firm: Cobb Martinez Woodward PLLC
Firm Address: 1700 Pacific Ave., Suite 3100
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 214.220.5200

Name: Anne Johnson
Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP
Firm Address: 2323 Victory Avenue, Ste. 700
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75219
Business Phone: 214.651.5000

Name: Stephanie Nelson
Firm: Hankinson LLP
Firm Address: 750 N Saint Paul St Ste 1800
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 214.754.9190

Name: Bruce Thomas
Firm: The Law Office of Bruce K. Thomas
Firm Address: 211 N Record St Ste 450
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75202
Business Phone: 214.296.9650


Section Membership

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Appellate Law section, please click here to join online or send a letter of request and the $25.00 membership fee to:
2101 Ross Ave
Dallas TX, 75201
Please note that you must be a member of the Dallas Bar Association to join a section. If you have any questions regarding sections membership, please contact the DBA membership department.

Section Admin-Mass E-mail/Roster

Section Admin-Webpage

For questions regarding Section email/roster/webpage, email Jessica Smith or call 214-220-7477.  

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