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Tom Vick '81 elected State Bar of Texas president-elect

Texas attorneys have elected Tom Vick ’81 of Weatherford as the next president-elect of the State Bar of Texas. Vick is the third State Bar President to come from Houston College of Law following Lynn Liberato ’80 (SBOT President 2000-2001) and Charles R. Dunn ’65 (SBOT President 1991-1992).

Vick received nearly 55 percent of the 17,935 votes cast during the month-long voting period that ended May 2. His opponent, Michael C. Smith, a partner in the Marshall office of Siebman, Burg, Phillips & Smith, LLP, received 7,879 votes or 44 percent. Write-in candidates composed one percent of the votes cast.

Vick was sworn in as president-elect during the State Bar’s Annual Meeting on June 16 in Fort Worth and will serve as president of the State Bar of Texas from June 2017 to June 2018.

“I am honored to serve the nearly 100,000 lawyers in Texas," said Vick. "I look forward to working with President Frank Stevenson to meet the needs low and middle income Texans seeking access to our court system. He and I believe that should be done with lawyers. His Incubator program will meet that need matching these client with lawyers building a practice.”

Vick is a partner in Vick Carney LLP in Weatherford. Board certified in family law, he has published dozens of works on various aspects of the law and lectured widely.

Vick chaired the Texas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees in 2013-2014. He served on the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors from 2005 to 2008 and the Texas Access to Justice Commission from 2006 to 2009. A former mayor of Weatherford, Vick has served as president of both the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists and the Texas Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, as a chair of the State Bar of Texas Family Law Section, and as chair of the Supreme Court Task Force to Expand Legal Services Delivery.

Vick was named the 2008 State Bar of Texas Family Law Section Outstanding Family Lawyer, given the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists Judge Sam Emison Award, and named the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers’ Fellow of the Year in 2009. He received presidential citations for service to the State Bar in 2008 and 2012.

“South Texas College of Law has built a strong reputation in Texas and beyond for graduating great litigators and leaders," he said. "I am proud to be a part of that legacy.” 

Detailed election results are available at

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