Section Report 2016-2017
The Legislative and Campaign Law Section’s successes were numerous in this third year after having settled into a rhythm of conducting a continuing legal education event each December. The well-attended seminar covered legislative drafting and Texas legislative parliamentary procedure, as well as an insider’s look at the 85th legislative session, and featured presentations from the Texas Legislative Counsel, the Office of the Governor of Texas, the Texas Legislative Reference Library, and others knowledgeable in the legislative arena. The section now issues several online newsletters throughout the year featuring analyses of recent court decisions involving elections, redistricting, and campaign finance, in addition to updates on Texas Ethics Commission meetings, rule-makings, and opinions of interest to members. Moreover, the section has started the process to create a Texas Board of Legal Specialization certification in this practice area. The section is also updating its website to maintain all CLE course materials and the electronic newsletters in a location convenient to all members. Finally, in conjunction with the 2017 State Bar Annual Meeting, the section sponsored a two-hour CLE.