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Professionalism -
Is It Just A Public
Perception?

b Doug Lang


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      itncon, laxxyers are treated with
      some distrust. Ilowever, laxxyers
cant do soimethting about this public
                          r cption,
                        tQi perceived
                        lick of pnofes
                        sion dism.

           7    ~       that lawyxers
                        (W0 xxi I reflect
                        positively on
                        all of us, as a
                        profezssion.
                        Yct, xxe need
Doug L ang              to do more.
   Ihis yeat, tIhe Dallas Bar xxill continue
to attack tihis public perception as xxell as
t:hc teality that lawyers do not always (10


'Volume I I Number I


By-Law Amendment:



An Historic Step ...

DRA encourages leadership, inclusion of minority lawyers work-
ing together for a better Dallas and professional excellence.


by Ralph M. Rodriguez

nver was so pioud to be an attorney
   than wh en the D)allas Bat Association
   Board oi Directors iecenty voted on a
matter of historicalI sigmiic ance. IThe
issue wxas whether to prosvide vo ting
priv ileges on the Boaid of Directors fr
the presidents of the J. L  Turnet Iegal
Soc iet and the Mexic anA rican Bar
4 cation. \ter thorough deb te the
matter passed unanimously. IThis sote
wiil be held on Marta Luther King. Jr.
Day (Januar 21, 19911 It wiii send a
cleat message t the psidents of these
organ iations and the r me bers that a
new era has begun at the DIallas Bar
Association   a new era of inclusion.
   Some o you may be asking why this
is so mportant and significant In an
attempt to addrcss this. instead o1
dxwelltn upon past inequities v xish to
foc us on hoxx this acttott wxill mattifest
itself in a better D~allax Bar Association.
   Both minotrity bairs havec had extensive
commniuty inv olvement for numer ous
years. I he Mexican American Bar
Association has ben at the forefront of
many legal. educational, and economic
issues facting out cotunty. Many of
otr mmbers bave taken Weadrship roles


by Rowe West

  L.T Trurner Legal Association, an
      oirganiatton representing African
      ,laercan Lawy s tn Dallas
County was organized itt May of 1952,
I he charter members recognized the need
to establish an organization where law-
yets could come together and address
prioblems f acmng African American Law-
yers and the commrunity. The genesis of
JI I. Turner was in direct response to the
D~allax Bai Association's unwtllingness to
alow Airican Americans to become
menihers and the dual standaids practiced
by the judiciary. Although the association
started with a faithful few, it noxx stands
poised to service the needs of its mem-
bershtp and comunity while working in
cotnjuncttin xxith other bai associations.
   T he faithful few wxould be proud of the
sign iciant strides mnade betxween the Dal-
las Bar Association and minority bar as-
sociations, While other segments of our
cormtunity aie debating arid pointing ac-
cusatory fingers, the bar associations ate
quietly hut effectively working to bring
about 'inclusion' of all ethnic minorities
into the D~allax Bar Association.
   T he historical vote by the Dallas Bar
Asxociation Board of lDirectors to provide


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