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Dallas Bar Association

Scott M. McElhaney Inaugurated

as DBA's 105th President

   Scott M. McElhaney will be
inaugurated as the 105th Presi-
dent of the Dallas Bar Association
on January 11, 2014. Scott, who
focuses his practice on labor and
employment and commercial litiga-
tion as a partner at Jackson Walker
L.L.P., brings superlative creden-
tials and a record of service to his
latest leadership position with the
DBA, all of which inform his vision
for his term.
   Scott will be a great DBA Pres-
ident, commented Sally Craw-
ford, an attorney at Jones Day and
Scott's immediate predecessor as
DBA's President. Not only is he
exceptionally smart and thoughtful,
but he brings a tremendous amount
of DBA experience and institu-
tional knowledge, having served in
numerous capacities and as a Board
member. He will be wonderful.
   A   Dallas native, Scott was
introduced to the law early by his
father, John McElhaney, a long-
time litigation partner at Locke
Lord. He worked as a messenger at
the firm, which was then known
as Locke, Purnell, Boren, Laney &
Neely, during one summer in high
school. He credits the experience
with confirming his interest in the
law and educating him about the
underground downtown tunnels.
   After graduating from St. Mark's
School of Texas, he attended Dart-
mouth College, was elected to Phi
Beta Kappa, and received an A.B.
degree, summa cum laude, in History.
One summer found him at Thomp-
son Knight as a paralegal, where
he confirmed he still liked the law,
before applying to law school.
   He earned his J.D., cum laude,
from Harvard Law School. His pas-
sion for civil rights manifested itself
in multiple extracurricular activi-
ties-Scott served as Managing
Editor of the Harvard Civil Rights -
Civil Liberties Law Review and Presi-
dent of the Harvard Law School
Civil Liberties Union.
   Scott elected to clerk before
beginning private practice. He was
a Law Clerk to the Honorable H.
Barefoot Sanders, Jr., then the
Chief Judge of the United States
District Court for the Northern
District of Texas. He earned a sec-
ond clerkship with the Honorable
Irving Goldberg on the United
States Court of Appeals for the
Fifth  Circuit. Those   clerkships
proved instrumental to Scott pro-
fessionally and personally.

Scott M. Mclllaney
   Personally, his clerk network
introduced him to his wife, Allison
Walters, whose sister was one of the
Sanders clerks who followed Scott.
The couple fatefully met under Big
Tex at a law clerk group outing to
the State Fair. Today, Allison and
Scott have two sons, both of whom
attend St. Mark's, like their father.
Most weekends find Scott at a soc-
cer field around town, watching his
sons compete on the field. Both
Christopher, 14, and Henry, 11,
play soccer like their father did but
also have diverse interests: Christo-
pher enjoys photography and cross-
country while Henry sings in the
school choir. It is unclear whether
they will follow their father and
grandfather into the courtroom;
Scott is agnostic as to their future
professions, so long as both are
   Professionally, he was attracted
to  the firm    Cohan,   Simpson,
Cowlishaw & Wulff, L.L.P., which
featured numerous former Sand-
ers and   Goldberg   clerks. Scott
remained after that firm merged
with Jackson Walker in 2001. W.
Gary Fowler, Chair of Jackson
Walker's Dallas Labor and Employ-
ment Section, has worked with
Scott since the merger. Scott's
combination of knowing the law
and applying it is what makes him
a truly outstanding lawyer, Mr.
Fowler said, He also brings great
practical skills, a wonderful sense of
humor, and love of the law to his
   Today, Scott splits his practice
almost equally between labor and
employment, a field in which he is
Board Certified by the Texas Board of
Legal Specialization, and commercial
litigation. His professional success
has afforded him opportunities to

Rafael Anchia to Receive 2014 MLK Justice Award

    He is courageous. His courage, patience, tenac-
ity and passion for justice brought this issue to the
forefront. He opened doors and he opened eyes. His
interest is public policy, not politics. He truly believes
he was elected to serve the people of the State of
Texas, and to improve the lives of all Texans, regard-
less of party affiliation.
   - Cory Session, Timothy Cole's brother and
Policy Director at The Innocence Project of Texas,
on the role of Rafael Anchia in the passage of the
Tim Cole Act.

   On January 20, 2014, the Dallas Bar Asso-
ciation will honor Texas State Representative
Rafael Anchia as the 2014 recipient of the Mar-
tin Luther King, Jr. Justice Award. The award,
given annually, recognizes attorneys who embody
the values and principles of the life
and legacy of Dr. King: justice, com-
passion and service.
   The son of Mexican and Span-
ish immigrants, who taught him
the value of education, hard work
and   commitment, Representative
Anchia was inspired early in life
to become a lawyer and enter pub-
lic service when he participated
in a public school court observer
program, which provided his first
exposure to the justice system.
He applied that inspiration toward
earning a full scholarship to attend
Southern    Methodist   University, RafaelAnchia
where he graduated with honors. He
received another scholarship to attend Tulane
University where he earned his law degree. At
Tulane, he served as a volunteer advocate for
immigrant detainees denied legal counsel, and
worked on legislation monitoring nursing home
conditions which later became law. It is not sur-
prising, then, that in his practice as an attor-
ney with the international law firm Haynes and
Boone, where Representative Anchia specializes
in public and corporate finance, public service
has remained a constant and dual focus.
   Representative Anchia began his public ser-
vice locally as a member of the Board of Trust-
ees for the Dallas Independent School District.
Twice elected to the Board, his efforts helped
win public approval of a $1.37 billion bond pack-
age that provided thousands of children with
improved classrooms and learning environments.
On a national level, he served as Chairman of
the Board of the National Association of Latino
Elected and Appointed Officials Educational
Fund, a leading national non- profit and non-
partisan organization that facilitates full Latino
participation in the American political process
from citizenship to public service.
   In November 2004, Rafael Anchia was
elected to the Texas House of Representatives.
His district, House District 103, serves a west-
ern corridor of Dallas County, including parts
of North Oak Cliff, West Dallas, La Bajada, Los
Altos, Love Field, North Park and portions of
the cities of Irving, Farmers Branch and Car-
rollton. He currently Chairs the International
Trade and Intergovernmental Affairs Commit-
tee within the legislature and is an appointee of
President Obama to the federal Advisory Coin-

mittee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. In the
83rd legislative session, he was appointed to the
bi-national Border Legislative Conference. He
previously served as Vice-Chair of the Pensions,
Investments and Financial Services Committee
and on the prestigious Sunset Advisory Commis-
   Having lived the American Dream that
inspired his parents to move to the United States,
Representative Anchia has a genuine passion for
helping people and true empathy for their strug-
gles and aspirations. During his service in the leg-
islature, he has worked tirelessly on legislation to
protect civil rights, improve public safety, protect
our environment and improve health coverage
for women and children. When asked about his
most satisfying accomplishment, Representative
Anchia responded without hesitation: The Tim
Cole Act. Working with The Innocence Project,
             Representative Anchia sponsored
             House Bill 1736, resulting in legis-
             lation that increases the amount of
             compensation paid by the State of
             Texas and provides other benefits
             to individuals found to have been
             wrongfully imprisoned.
                I have witnessed the significant
             difference this recognition and pay-
             ment has made in the lives of doz-
             ens of innocent men and women
             and their families, said Represen-
             tative Anchia. I have stayed in
             contact with many of these indi-
             viduals and have noted a direct and
             tangible impact. I have seen them
             not only get back on their feet, but
also thrive. I am proud to have played a part in
seeing justice served.
   Prominent Dallas criminal attorney and Pres-
ident of the Board of Directors at The Innocence
Project of Texas, Gary Udashen, said: The Tim
Cole Act put Texas ahead of the rest of the coun-
try on this issue, and Representative Anchia has
been a leader and supporter in this area.
   Representative Anchia has received numer-
ous community awards, including the Ameri-
can Jewish Committee's Institute of Human
Relations Award, Texas Lawyer's Extraordinary
Minority in Texas Law and LULAC's National
Man of the Year.
   He has also received legislative honors too
numerous to list-from Texas Monthly's Top
Freshman and Ten Best Legislators to Hispanic
Business' 50 Most Influential U.S. Hispanics in
2012. The Representative was also appointed by
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to
the Democratic National Committee as an at-
large member in August 2013.
   The Dallas Bar Association is honored to pres-
ent Representative Anchia with this prestigious
award for his service to the Dallas community and
the State of Texas. Please join us in thanking and
honoring him at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Jus-
tice Award luncheon at noon at the Belo Man-
sion. Members of the DBA and the community are
invited to attend. To make reservations, contact
Biri Avina at bavina@dallasbar.org. A plated lunch
will be served at a cost of $12.76.     HN

Down Fowler is co-chair of the Publications Committee and is a partner
ot Keane, Fowler & Donohue where she spedalizes in family law and is an
advanced credentialed mediator. She can be reoched at dfowler@kfd-law.com.

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