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Focus IP/Sience & Technology Law


Robert Tobey: DBA's 111th President


   Robert  Tobey, who  will assume the role of
President of the Dallas Bar Association on Sat-
urday, January 11, has big plans for 2020.
   2020  marks historic anniversaries of Con-
stitutional Amendments dealing with vot-
ing rights, Tobey said. We have  a series of
programs  planned  which  will highlight these
important Amendments.
   Ratification of the 15th Amendment  to the
United States Constitution, which gave African
American  men  the right to vote, took place on
February 3, 1870. To mark  the 150th anniver-
sary of this historic occasion, Tobey said that
the DBA  will host Columbia University history
scholar and  Pulitzer Prize winner Eric Foner,
who  will speak about voting rights on February
27 at Belo.
   The  DBA   will celebrate Law Day  in early
May  with its annual Law Day Luncheon, honor-
ing the judiciary. This year's national Law Day
theme, selected by the American  Bar Associa-
tion is Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy.
The  event will feature speakers celebrating this
topic. On  August 26, the DBA   will celebrate
the 100th anniversary of ratification of the 19th
Amendment, which gave women the right to
vote, with a luncheon and special guest speaker.
All of these events promise to be rewarding and
celebratory; more information will be available
in early 2020.
   Also  in 2020,  the DBA,   along with  the
League  of Women Voters and March to the
Polls, both non-partisan groups focused on vot-
ing rights, will work to educate and encourage
high school students to register to vote and exer-
cise their rights to vote. The work will fill a gap
in many  course curricula that does not cover
voting rights.
   In  addition  to  these initiatives, Tobey
described a second  major undertaking  for his
term-a   strategic planning effort for the DBA
called Project 2020.  In this regard, Tobey
said that the DBA  will conduct a survey, ask-
ing  all 11,000 members   for  their feedback
regarding  the organization. Tobey  will also
seek input  from DBA sections,   committees,
and other bar organizations. Feedback will be
used to determine  the course of the five-year
plan, which  Tobey  expects will take most of
2020  to finalize.
   We  continually receive new ideas, Tobey
noted, and  he welcomes  both  input and par-
ticipation. I encourage all lawyers to see where
their interests and skills will allow them to take
part in bar programs, Tobey said. There is a
place for everyone, whether in pro bono, or a
section for like-minded lawyers. Coming to the
Belo just one or two times a month can help one
become  a better lawyer, meet new people, get
referrals, and more.
   Tobey  has served in many bar roles over the
years and has steadily climbed the ranks of the
organization. Of all the roles he has played,
however, Tobey  considers his service with the
2014-15 Equal Access  to Justice Campaign that
he co-led with Laura Benitez Geisler to be the


one giving him the highest sense of accomplish-
ment.  The DBA   had its first $1 million cam-
paign that year, he said.
   Tobey   graduated from  the  University of
Pennsylvania  in 1977 with a Bachelor  of Sci-
ence  in Economics  degree as a finance major.
He  earned his law degree from the University
of Texas, graduating in 1980. After practicing
with  three small firms over the next  several
years, he met Randy Johnston in 1987. The two
were representing clients opposite one another
regarding a judgment, which memorably, Tobey
recalls, involved the opening of a safety deposit
box.
   The  box ended  up being empty  and of no
use to me in collecting on the judgment, John-
ston noted. While  adverse to one  another in
that matter, each of them left a good impression
on the other, so much so that they soon agreed
to form  a partnership. They've been  practic-
ing law together ever since. It seems like last
week, Tobey said.
   Tobey  maintains a litigation practice, with
a unique focus in attorney malpractice. He was
recently recognized by Best Lawyers as Lawyer
of the Year for plaintiff's legal malpractice, and
he has been recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer
for 17 years running.
   I've watched Robert work in DBA  roles for
the last two decades, Johnston said. The Dal-
las Bar is lucky to have him.
   Chad   Baruch, who  has been  active in bar
service at the both the city and state level, has
practiced law with Tobey for several years.
   Robert  is incredibly reliable and depend-
able, Baruch said. If he says he is going to
do something,  he'll do it. He puts great effort
into tasks that he agrees to take on, and this
is incredibly important for bar organizations.
Baruch  also praised Tobey's ability to develop
relationships and his good instincts for getting
people involved. We  need young  attorneys to
be active in bar service, and Robert will encour-
age that.

                          continued on page 10


Richard G. Stewart, Jr. to Receive


2020 MLK Justice Award


   Honesty.  Integrity. Service. Fair-
ness. Justice. All of these are quali-
ties that exemplify the Rev. Dr. Mar-
tin Luther King, Jr.. Equally so, these
words describe Richard  G.  Stewart,
Jr., who will receive the 2020 Martin
Luther King, Jr. Justice Award at the
Dallas Bar Association on January 20,
2020. The  DBA   MLK  Justice Award
recognizes area leaders whose service to
the community  embodies the example
of Dr. King.
   Stewart has been a pioneer barrier
breaker, and role model in his distin-
guished legal career. He received his law
degree from Loyola University School
of Law, New Orleans, La and his LLM
from  George Washington   University
School of Law. Thereafter, he began
his legal career as a member of the U.S.
Navy's Judge Advocate General Corps.
   Stewart overcame much adversity in
reaching his success, having grown up
in Shreveport during the days of harsh
segregation. Even though he always felt
he was held to a higher standard than
his counterparts, he continued to fight
for what was right and to promote jus-
tice. His integrity and persistence paid
off, and in 1989, he became the first
black officer in naval history to com-
mand  a Navy Legal Service Office, and
to be promoted to the rank of Captain.
   As  a member  of the JAG  Corps,
Stewart worked  tirelessly to promote
justice and fairness among his ranks.
It was well known that his top priority
was to ensure that all were treated fairly.
His reputation for honesty and integrity
served him well-his word was golden
and never questioned, even among the
top Navy ranks. On many occasions, he
successfully defended court martial pro-
ceedings against Sailors and Marines
falsely or unfairly accused by their peers,
which were often racially motivated.
   Following  his  retirement  from
the Navy in 1994, Stewart joined the
legal department of GTE Corporation,
which  later became  Verizon  Com-
munications, from  which  he retired
in 2013 from his position as Assistant
General Counsel.
   Though   retired, Stewart remains
very active in the Dallas Bar Associa-
tion, J.L. Turner Legal Association, and
in the community as a whole. His ser-
vice includes mentoring  students at
UNT   Law  School, where he serves as
a member  of the Board of Visitors. Ben
Parsons, a young attorney that Stew-
art has been mentoring for the past 11
years, both before, during, and after law
school, said: Mr. Stewart has instilled
in me  a high level of professionalism,


iicnardu. Stewart, Jr
a strong work ethic, and a breadth of
knowledge  within all aspects of the
legal profession. I cannot think of any-
one else that is more deserving of this
award.
   Royal   Furgeson, founding  dean
of the UNT  Law  School, said: From
a  humble  beginning in  Shreveport,
Richard  Stewart has fashioned a life
of service and dedication to our nation
and to our profession that embodies the
best of our ideals. His is an example to
emulate in every way. I consider myself
fortunate to be his friend.
   Dr. Donald  Washington,  M.D., a
close friend of Stewart's, aptly described
him  as an example of quiet wisdom,
style, and grace.
   In addition to his work at UNT law
school, Stewart has served as Chair of
the Dallas County   Historical Com-
mission, having been appointed to the
post by Dallas County Commissioner
Dr. Elba Garcia. His prior service also
included 9 years on the board of the
Dallas Bar Foundation, and Chair of
the  Foundation's Collins Clerkship
Committee.  Stewart remains a strong
supporter of the Dallas Bar Founda-
tion, of which he is a Life Patron Fel-
low. He has also served as President of
the prestigious Patrick Higginbotham
Inn of Court.
   I cannot think of a more deserv-
ing recipient of the Martin Luther King
award, said Robert Tobey, Dallas Bar
Association President. Simply  put,
Richard walks the walk and does not
just talk the talk. He leads by example
and is a role model to all.
   Stewart has a long list of achieve-
ments   and  awards,  including  his
receipt of the NAACP   Roy  Wilkins

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