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Miers to head State Bar

Miers to head State Bar Council member beats lawyer from Houston
Chris Kelley Staff Writer of The Dallas Morning News THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS (DAL)
Published: MAY 3, 1991



AUSTIN -- Dallas City Council member Harriet Miers has defeated a Houston lawyer to become president-elect of the 55,000-member State Bar of Texas, the organization announced Thursday. She is the first woman to hold the post.

Ms. Miers, an at-large council member, spent about $60,000 in her campaign against William Wilde of Houston. She garnered about 55 percent of the vote in mail balloting April 15-30.

She could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Ms. Miers has served one term on the City Council. She announced previously that she would not run again so she could seek the bar post.

She is a member of the Dallas law firm Locke Purnell Rain Harrell; in 1985 she became the first woman president of the Dallas Bar Association. She was named Outstanding Young Lawyer of Dallas in 1979.

Ms. Miers will become president-elect of the State Bar in June, when the group gathers for its annual meeting in Houston. She will be president in 1992-93.

Dallas candidates historically have had a difficult time winning the post. Darrell Jordan of Dallas won in 1988 only after his opponent, Oliver Heard of San Antonio, was caught in a police raid of a nude modeling studio. Mr. Heard told police that he had stopped there to use the restroom.

Before Mr. Jordan, the last Dallas lawyer to serve in the position was Morris Harrell, who was president in 1970-71. Mr. Harrell, a name partner in Ms. Miers' firm, also served in 1982 as president of the American Bar Association. Ms. Miers is a Dallas native who has served on the Mayor's Task Force on Crime and the ad hoc committee to review the city of Dallas' budget process. She also worked as a steering committee member for the city's 1985 bond election and has represented the city on econom ic development trips to Japan, China and Spain. She was elected to the council in 1989.

She has served on numerous boards, including the Community Council of Greater Dallas, Child Care Dallas, Goodwill Industries of Dallas and the YWCA. - She received her bachelor's degree from Southern Methodist University in 1967 and her law degree from SMU in 1970.

PHOTO(S): Harriet Miers . . . is first woman to become president elect of the 55,000 member State Bar of Texas. PHOTO LOCATION: Miers, Harriet.



1991 Copyright The Dallas Morning News Company


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