Caitlin "Cait" Shields '11 February 15, 2018 3:14 PM updated: February 15, 2018 5:18 PM
Aggie lawyers and Texas A&M University School of Law students are heading to Aggieland for the Texas Aggie Bar Association’s annual conference in March.
TABA, a chartered Constituent Network of The Association of Former Students, holds the event to offer a time for Aggie lawyers to log some CLEs, continuing legal education that is required to maintain their license to practice law, as well as an opportunity for lawyers and law students to develop a network of individuals who share the Aggie Spirit, said TABA President Jason Mills ’95.
“We have a lot of attorneys so it’s good networking of all different areas of law,” he said. “[At the CLEs] we try to encompass as many areas of law as we can that are hot topics. With all the tax changes, we will have some tax law updates and immigration on the panel. Even if don’t practice in that area of law, we try to make it meaningful for those attorneys to show up.”
TABA also names the Distinguished Lawyer of the Year, the highest honor reserved for Aggie lawyers. The selection is made in part on how each nominee exemplifies the core values of Texas A&M.
“It’s neat to see someone who has risen to that level, not just in law but in the community,” Mills said. “It’s a very prestigious award and a good motivator for those there [that are] maybe at the inception of their career and for those with experience to recognize those that are getting it.”
The three finalists, who will all be honored at March 3 banquet, are 48th Judicial District court Judge David Evans ’71 of Tarrant County, St. Mary’s University School of Law Professor David A. Schlueter ’68 and Judge Joe Spurlock II ’60, professor at Texas A&M University School of Law.
Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp '72 will keynote the banquet. Registration is available here.
Mills encourages current students at the A&M School of Law to take advantage of the weekend and get to experience College Station.
“A lot of them haven’t been to College Station. They get to walk through the MSC and see some members of the administration, get to tour Kyle Field; some of us will go to Northgate and just show them around Aggieland. It’s very beneficial for the law students as well.”
The Association organizes and facilitates a bevy of events and programs for former students to keep Aggies engaged after they've graduated, including Class programs, Reunions, Clubs and Constituent Networks. This is only possible with the support of the Aggie Network. Visit tx.ag/give to make a gift.