Message From the Chair

Welcome to the Aviation Section of the State Bar of Texas! I’m Andrea Palmer, the Chair of the Aviation Law Section for 2019-2020.

Our Section has been growing a lot over the past few years. In addition to our CLE during the State Bar Annual Meeting, and our morning breakfast-taco CLE during SMU’s Air Law Symposium, our half-day CLE and networking happy hour in San Antonio is now an annual event – this will be our third year, and we’re excited to watch that program grow.

This summer we held a section dinner the evening before our Annual Meeting CLE. I really enjoyed the opportunity to visit with our amazing speakers in an informal setting, and meet our members. I hope you will attend our dinner at next summer’s meeting, this year in Dallas.

We had an opportunity to expend our scholarship program in 2018-2019, for the first time opening applications to students at all Texas law schools who have an interest in practicing aviation law. This year’s recipient was Austin Turman; I really enjoyed hearing his presentation at the Annual Meeting, and am excited to meet our applicants this year.

Our goal this year is to focus on member engagement. The aviation legal community is tight-knit throughout the United States, and even more so in Texas. We want to focus on that collegiality this year and get more members active. The Section needs members to assist with the following projects:

  • Submissions for our Newsletter
  • Planning Fall CLE in San Antonio
  • Reviewing scholarship applications
  • Planning Spring CLE at SMU Air Law Symposium
  • Working on Board Certification for Aviation

If you are interested in participating in any of these projects, please email me today and I will get you in touch with the Section Officer who is running that project.

I look forward to engaging with our members more directly this year, and hope to meet you in person during one of our events!

Andrea M. Palmer
Chair, Aviation Law Section
State Bar of Texas 2019-2020