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Government Law Section

2018 Meetings:

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Date Location Topic Speaker Firm/Organization CLE

February 8

Belo Mansion

Small Cells are a Big Deal

Don Knight & Cathy Cunningham

Dallas City Attorney's Office and Boyle & Lowry, LLP 1.00 hr

March 8

Belo Mansion

The Forensic Science Commission and Conviction Integrity

Cynthia Garza

Dallas County, Conviction Integrity Unit

1.00 hr
April 19* Peticolas Brewery (5:00 pm) Local Brewers' Dilemma: Texas SB 639 Michael Peticolas  Peticolas Brewing Company 1.00 hr
May 10 Belo Mansion What is Religious Liberty? Chelsey Youman & Sam Grover First Liberty Institute ( & Freedom From Religion Foundation ( 1.00 hr
June 14 Belo Mansion CANCELED      
September 20 Belo Mansion Panel Discussion: Dockless Bike and Scooter Sharing in Dallas Casey Burgess, Jared White, and Nick Barber Dallas City Attorney's Office; City of Dallas Transportation Department; and Lime 1.00 hr
October 11 Belo Mansion Ethics Hon. Brandon Birmingham, Presiding Dallas County, 292nd District Court 1.00 hr (Ethics)
November 8 Belo Mansion 2019 Texas Legislative Session Preview Clifford Sparks

State Legislative Director, Dallas City Attorney's Office

1.00 hr
December 7 Dallas City Hall (L1FN Auditorium) CLE Roadshow with the State Bar of Texas - Government Law Section Visit the SBOT website for Speaker and Topic List** Various Speakers 3.75 hrs (1.00 hr ethics)

  *Please RSVP via email to Spots are limited.  

** Please see the Roadshow CLE flyer under "Files" below for more details.  

Section Officers:

Name: Michael Doss
Officer Position: Chair
Firm: Dallas City Attorney's Office
Firm Address: 1500 Marilla St Rm 7DN
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: (214) 671-5003

Name: Sydnie Shimkus
Officer Position: Vice Chair
Firm: Cantey Hanger LLP
Firm Address: 1999 Bryan St Ste 3300
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: (214) 978-4100

Name: Benjamin Samples
Officer Position: Secretary
Firm: Dallas City Attorney's Office
Firm Address: 1500 Marilla St. Rm 7DN
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: (214) 670-3510

Name: Gary McDonald
Officer Position: Treasurer
Firm: Dallas County Criminal District Attorney's Office
Firm Address: 133 N. Riverfront Blvd., LB19
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75207
Business Phone: (214) 653-5127

Name: Christopher Klement
Officer Position: Immediate Past Chair
Firm: Cantey Hanger LLP
Firm Address: 1999 Bryan Street, Ste. 3300
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: (214) 978-4100

Name: Isaac Faz
Officer Position: DBA Board Advisor
Firm: Dallas County Community College District
Firm Address: 1601 S. Lamar Street, Ste. 208
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75215
Business Phone: (214) 378-1703

Section Membership


If you are interested in becoming a member of the Government Law Section, please click here to join online or send a letter of request and the $15.00 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.  


Section Downloads:

Municipal Ethics Ordinances and State Ethics Laws and Opinions - John Rogers
Government Law Programs 2012-2013 material


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