I am honored that the Directors of the State Bar of Texas have chosen me as a candidate for President-Elect. I relish the opportunity to serve you and our profession. The upcoming years will present many challenges for the lawyers of Texas. The economy, the legislative process, and the relevance of the Bar to its members, to name a few, impact the practice of law as we know it. The State Bar of Texas must be ready to react and respond. The chief job of the President is to take the message of the State Bar to the members, to the legislature, and to the public at large. I believe that this can be accomplished by undertaking the following:
Educating the Bar and the public. Many lawyers do not know of the wonderful programs already in place. The public does not know and appreciate the services the Bar provides.
Communicating with the Bar, the public, and the legislature. The year of my prospective presidency, 2015, is a legislative year. The Bar must anticipate the issues looming on the horizon that could impact the ability of lawyers to make a living. The Bar must communicate to the legislature the matters that adversely impact access to justice and the ability of members to represent their clients.
Listening to the members of the Bar. In my President-Elect year and my President year, I want to travel the State to speak to lawyers, seeking your input on key issues: What can the State Bar do to be more relevant to you? What must the Bar do to help you feel included? What helpful programs would you like to see the Bar present or modify? What must we do to help lawyers find happiness in a legal career? When the members speak, I want to give legs to their ideas.
Facilitating the recruitment of ethnic and gender minorities to the practice of law. The Law School Preparation Institute at the University of Texas at El Paso, for example, is an effective tool to recruit the best and brightest Hispanic students The Bar can assist in the development of similar programs throughout the State thereby reaching students from a variety of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
Promoting the nobility of the profession by helping lawyers understand that advocacy without rancor promotes justice, the image of the profession, and ultimately professional satisfaction.
Encouraging service by members because it is the right thing to do.
My background and experience prepare me to represent the attorneys of Texas, but the Bar members are the greatest resource available to Bar leadership. Please share your ideas, goals, and criticisms, and help me ensure that the Bar provides resources that are inclusive and relevant. Throughout the coming months, and with your support in the coming years, I promise that I will be listening to you.
Thank you for your support and your vote.
Larry's leadership skills are valued within the El Paso community and statewide because he is adept in keeping groups on track to meet their goals. In 2010, El Paso's Senior All-Star Bowl asked Larry to help create a Football Combine, where college recruiting staffs visit El Paso, observe players in action, and offer scholarship opportunities. In 2012, the Combine brought an estimated $10 million in scholarship offers to high school seniors.
Larry brings the same dedication and goal-oriented approach to each of his pursuits. He continuously asks,"How can we move the ball down the field? " Larry will bring the same focus and determination to the State Bar of Texas.
Larry Hicks is a native El Pasoan. He grew up in a predominantly Spanish-speaking neighborhood near the border. Larry believes that much of his success has come from the fact that he relates to people throughout the State. He admires the unique, multicultural people of Texas, their strong values, and their innate sense of right and wrong.
Larry raised his five children in El Paso, and they have since blessed him with fifteen grandchildren. Larry's parents also live in El Paso, and they continue to be a valued support system for him.
Larry was blessed to reconnect with Georgia in 2008, who he had last seen in high school 37 years earlier! They were married in 2009, bringing together two people and two families. Georgia is constantly at Larry's side. They are true partners, blessed to be sharing this stage of their lives together.
In the course of his career, Larry has handled cases across the civil spectrum and on both sides of the docket. Today he spends the majority of his time defending medical malpractice suits.
At courthouses across West Texas, Larry is known for his congenial personality and breadth of legal knowledge. The Texas Lawyers' Creed, which Larry assisted in drafting in 1989, captures his mantra: "I will be courteous."
In his nearly 33 years of law practice, Larry has experienced many of the peaks and valleys that face members of our profession. Lawyers encounter challenges from the public, from our peers, and even from within our own practices. Larry wants Texas lawyers to know where to turn and to help the Bar anticipate lawyers' needs.