Message from the Chair

We’re ambitious this year.

A new fall CLE program…an upgrade to the Aviation Law Section’s bylaws and governance practices…a push for Aviation Law board certification…all of these things are in the works. This section is HOT!
I’m Mark Pierce, chair of the Aviation Law Section for 2017-2018, and I’m deep into my commitment to making this section relevant, fun, informative, and accessible for you.
Let’s start with CLE. Traditionally, we have had great CLE speakers at the annual convention in June. This past summer, Pam Hicks and Christa Hinckley put on a blockbuster program to an overflow crowd with Larry Wansley, former director of security for the Dallas Cowboys, and John Chaussee, general counsel for Southwest Airlines, talking about aviation security. We plan to bring you another great program at the 2018 annual convention in Houston on June 21, 2018, at the Marriott Marquis. We want to see you there.
But even sooner than that, we’re going to do something new: a half-day CLE program in the fall for aviation lawyers. Mark your calendar for the afternoon of Friday, November 10, 2017, and watch for further news as we roll out the beginning of what we hope becomes an annual event for our section.
For those of you who want to become more involved in the State Bar of Texas activities in general, or the Aviation Law Section more particularly, this is your chance to jump in. Call me, write me, email me, or stop by my office in Austin and talk to me about what you would like to see happen with our section. There’s a lot of potential for you to make a difference, and I’d like to hear how you envision getting engaged.
You may have heard that an effort is underway to create a new specialty area for Aviation Law with the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS). A committee led by Jad Stepp of Houston is well on the way to getting the 100 signatures needed to initiate the process at TBLS to consider setting up a specialty area, with certification standards designed to ensure that both the public and aviation law practitioners benefit from the program. If you think you might support the idea of board certification, or if you want more information about the concept, talk to me.

Looking forward to a great year. See you in November.

-Mark Pierce
Chair, Aviation Law Section
State Bar of Texas 2017-2018