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June 27, 2005

Press Contact: Jodi Bart, UT Law Communications, (512) 471-7330.

Martha Dickie, '80, President-Elect of State Bar of Texas

UT Law graduate to take office in 2005

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Martha Dickie

AUSTIN, Texas — Martha S. Dickie, a 1980 graduate of The University of Texas School of Law, has been chosen president-elect of the State Bar of Texas. She is Of Counsel to the Austin office of Akin & Almanza, LLP.

Dickie will serve a one-year term as president-elect before assuming the presidency in June 2006. She was elected May 3, 2005 with 53% of the vote in a statewide balloting of the organization’s lawyers.

Dickie will be the fifth female president of the bar and the first female president from UT Law. The last two presidents of the State Bar of Texas are also UT Law graduates. They are Kelly Frels, ‘70 (‘04-‘05) and Eduardo Rodriguez,’68 (‘05-‘06).

“This year we had our 25th reunion, and it was great to have Martha there as the newly elected State Bar President,” said Alex Wilson Albright, Associate Dean and a law classmate of Dickie. “We are so proud of her and wish her the best,” Albright said.

“I ran for President because I have always valued public service and I firmly believe that our legal system, imperfect as it is, is the main institution that distinguishes our State and our country,” Dickie said. “Serving as President of the State Bar will give me the chance to ensure that as the legal system in Texas changes, as it inevitably will, those changes will be for the better. It will also allow me to speak up in defense of lawyers and judges, who all too often are unjustly criticized. I want to do what I can to make sure that the public better understands, and appeciates, the crucial role that lawyers play in our government and our society,” she said.

Dickie joined the firm of Akin and Almanza, L.L.P. in January 2005, where she practices general civil and criminal law. She worked for the firm of Minton, Burton, Foster and Collins P.C. from 1982 to 2004, and for U.S. District Judge Jack Roberts from 1980 to 1982. She has served on the State Bar Board of Directors, the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, as a trustee of the Texas Bar Foundation, and as chair of the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation.

A former president of the Travis County Bar Association, Dickie has served on a number of Travis County and State Bar committees. She has also served as a commissioner on the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, and as a board member of the Austin Child Guidance Center.

Dickie is married to James Rader, in-house counsel with the Lower Colorado River Authority in Austin. They have two sons, Joey, 12, and Clark, 10.