Chad Baruch is the most-qualified candidate to address the real concerns facing the Texas Bar: staggering debt borne by young lawyers, mental-health and substance-abuse issues, and the challenges faced by retiring attorneys winding down their practices.
The State Bar: Self-Governance of Our Profession
I often hear the same question from attorneys of all stages in their legal careers, from new associates to named partners—why does the State Bar matter at all? The answer is simple in principle, but complex in practice: it allows attorneys to govern our profession.
This is not insignificant. The public has an interest in the regulation of the legal profession, and if not regulated by attorneys, it would be regulated by another state agency. Removing attorneys from the process of managing attorney conduct, and replacing the attorneys with bureaucrats, does not strengthen the profession in Texas. In sum, the State Bar is very important.
How Does the State Bar Help Our Profession?
“The mission of the State Bar of Texas is to support the administration of the legal system, assure all citizens equal access to justice, foster high standards of ethical conduct for lawyers, enable its members to better serve their clients and the public, educate the public about the rule of law, and promote diversity in the administration of justice and the practice of law.”
The State Bar accomplishes this mission through a number of programs and initiatives: continuing legal education, State Bar committees, administration of the disciplinary process, pro bono and legal access initiatives—just to name a few.
Why Chad Baruch?
It’s simple: a demonstrable history of excellence in service to our profession. For example, Chad Baruch has served on the State Bar Board of Directors, the State Bar Executive Committee, and the District 6 Grievance Committee. He was the Chair of the Texas Bar College, and has been the course director of 23 Texas Bar CLE courses. He has also been named a Pro Bono Champion by the Texas Access to Justice Commission. In sum, Chad Baruch has a stellar record of service in practically every area of the State Bar.
Texas lawyers are faced with real challenges: staggering debt borne by young lawyers, mental health and substance abuse, and the issues faced by retiring attorneys winding down their practices. Chad Baruch has a strong record of working with attorneys to address their concerns, and is the best candidate to face the challenges of the future.
For these reasons, TexAppBlog endorses Chad Baruch for President-Elect of the State Bar of Texas.