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Dallas Bar Association


Ike Vanden Eykel To Be

Inaugurated As 101 st President


                                  On Saturday, January 23,
                                       2010, the Dallas Bar As-
                                       sociation will inaugurate
                                       Ike Vanden Eykel as its
                                 101st president. Ike brings to
                                 the Bar not only leadership,
                                 years of service and a wealth
                                 of experience in law and the
                                 DBA, but also an enthusiasm
                                 for the Dallas Bar, its members
                                 and its programs.
                                     My plan for the DBA
                                 this year will focus on add-
                                 ing strength and definition
                                 to the first-class programs the
                                 Bar already has in place, says
                                 Mr. Vanden Eykel. I view this
Ike Vanden Eykel                  as an opportunity to build on
what my predecessors have established-to make the DBA stronger
and to help direct our association's future.
   Mr. Vanden Eykel began his tenure with the Dallas Bar Associa-
tion in 1998 when close friend and law school buddy W. Mike Bag-
gett, shareholder and chairman emeritus at Winstead, suggested that
he would get a lot out of working as a board member of the bar.
   Once the decision to become involved was made, Mr. Vanden
Eykel assumed various leadership positions in the bar and the com-
munity. He was first elected to the Board of Directors of the DBA
in 2000, and has served as Vice-Chair, Chair of the Board, as well
as Second Vice-President, First Vice-President and President-Elect.
He served as President of the Board of Directors of the Community
Service Fund and is currently a Trustee and a Fellow of the Dallas
Bar Foundation. He was General Chair of the Campaign for Equal
Access to Justice. He has been active in both the local and state
Family Law Section.
   In 1994, when then-president Peter Vogel contacted Koons,
Fuller, Vanden Eykel & Robertson, the firm became one of the first
six firms in Dallas to underwrite the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Pro-
gram through the Campaign for Equal Access to Justice. To date,
Koons Fuller has donated more than $200,000, not including what
the firm's individual attorneys have donated personally to the pro-
gram. We believe in pro bono and make it a priority from top to
bottom, says Mr. Vanden Eykel. The firm also made a sizable con-
tribution to the Mansion Expansion Campaign.
   In the community, Mr. Vanden Eykel has served as a member of
the Boards of Directors of the Dallas Opera, Heritage Farmstead,
Collin County Children's Advocacy Center, Inc., the Child Abuse
Prevention Center and the Domestic Violence Legal Help Center.
   Born in Slayton, Minnesota, Mr. Vanden Eykel's family moved to
Wheaton, a western suburb of Chicago when he was two years old.
Early in life, Ike thought about becoming a minister. However, in sev-
enth grade, he took an aptitude test that recommended he become a
lawyer. By the time that Ike had made up his mind to pursue an educa-
tion in law, he had already obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from
Drake University and family was on the move again.
   Mr. Vanden Eykel's father was a captain with American Airlines
and was head of Flight Training when the organization moved its head-
quarters from New York to Dallas-Fort Worth. The family followed.
Now in Texas and ready to embark on the next part of his journey, Mr.
Vanden Eykel decided to attend Baylor Law School to become a trial
lawyer. He graduated with his JD from Baylor in 1973.
   After law school, he settled in Dallas and started practicing busi-
ness litigation with Stroud & Smith, a firm which ultimately merged
with Vial Hamilton. He continued his business litigation practice


Becoming part of the solution:


Donors Contribute to the Campaign


for Equal Access to Justice


Top, left: Michael & Judy Shore
Top, right: DBA President Christina Melton Crain poses with Equal Ac-
cess to Justice Campaign donors (left to right, back row) Robert Tobey
of the DBA Business Litigation Section; DBA President-Elect Ike Vanden
Eykel, managing partner, Koons, Fuller, Vanden Eykel & Robertson, PC,
Andy Payne of Payne Mitchell Law Group; (front row) Alan Dorantes of
AT&T Sally Crawford, partner, Jones Day; and Campaign Chair Scott
McEhaney, partner with Jackson Walker, LLP
Left: Hon. Deborah Hankinson


T   he Dallas Bar Association and Legal Aid of
    NorthWest Texas will recognize major do-
    nors to the Annual Campaign for Equal Ac-
    cess to Justice at the Inaugural of Ike Van-
den Eykel on January 23. The annual fundraising
campaign culminates at the Inaugural and sup-
ports the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, a
joint program of the Dallas Bar Association and
Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas. Since it began in
1993, the Campaign has raised more than $4.7
million for legal aid to the poor.
   Michael and Judy Keller Shore have been
major donors to the campaign for 12 years,
supporting this year's Campaign with a gift of
$25,000. The Shores have donated $280,000 to
the campaign since 1999.
   Honorable Deborah G. Hankinson, a major
donor for seven years, continues to demonstrate
her support for legal services to the poor. Justice
Hankinson contributed $25,000 to this year's
Campaign, and she has given $140,000 to the
campaign since 2003.
   Payne Mitchell Law Group donated $25,000
to this year's campaign. Over the last three
years, Andrew Payne and his firm have donated
$51,750 to the Campaign.
   Payne Mitchell Law Group is pleased to
again support DVAP, says Andy Payne. Law-
yers alone can provide life-changing pro bono
services. As a profession, we have an obligation
to commit both time and resources to pro bono
legal services. Payne Mitchell is proud to do
their part in DVAP's important work.


   Koons, Fuller, Vanden Eykel & Robertson,
P.C. has been a major donor for 15 years. With
their 2010 gift of $15,000, the firm has contrib-
uted more than $200,000 to the Campaign.
   The following have generously donated at
the $10,000 level: AT&T, the DBA Business
Litigation Section, Exxon Mobil Corpora-
tion, Jones Day and the Thompson & Knight
Foundation.
   As of our print date, the campaign has raised
more than $440,030.
   Dedicated volunteers have donated their
time and fundraising skills to make this year's
campaign a success.
   Scott M. McElhaney, a partner with Jack-
son Walker LLP, a DBA Community Service
Fund board member and Vice-Chair of the 2009
DBA Board of Directors, is this year's Campaign
Chair. Jerry Alexander, a partner with Passman
& Jones, P.C. and a member of the 2009 DBA
Board of Directors, is this year's Vice-Chair.
   The 2009 Campaign Committee Members
are 2007 DBA President Beverly Godbey, 2009
DBA President-Elect Ike Vanden Eykel, 2009
Second Vice President Paul K. Stafford, 2009
DBA Board Chair Sally Crawford, 1990 DBA
President Al Ellis, Mike Forshey, Michael
Hurst, Christina McCracken, Greg Sampson,
Anne Shuttee, Lindsey Stengle, Dena Stroh
and Diane Sumoski.
   As a part of the annual campaign, the com-
mittee sponsored several telephone banks
where lawyers volunteered to call attorneys in


3 The 2010 Vision: Bar Presidents Look Forward


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8 Trial Masters


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