I don't normally pay a lot of attention to the State Bar Elections.
In 2011, I asked for your support to vote for Buck Files for State Bar President because it was important to have a criminal law practitioner be the president for a change. Mr. Files was elected and he's done a great job of making issues involving Criminal Law relevant to the State Bar.
This year, the election for State Bar President has gone to a run-off between League City attorney Trey Apffel and an attorney named Steve Fischer.
I voted for Apffel in the general election, and I just voted for him again in the run-off. Although his credentials are certainly impressive, I don't know the man.
But I am very concerned about his opponent's ability to lead the State Bar.
Fisher is running on a promise to "shake up" the State Bar, which I'm all for. However, when things get "shaken up" the general hope is that they are changed for the better. Fischer's vision for the Bar concerns me when he includes things like making lawyers less accountable. His own website promotes the idea of lessening grievances against attorneys unless they could prove bad intent, or to use his terms:
"If you have (A) No bad intent + (B) No harm done = No foul."
That's a nice idea, theoretically, but can you imagine how many loopholes that ideology would create?
Additionally, I personally find Fischer's behavior on the campaign trail to be erratic to put it mildly.
I'm all for aggressively running for office, but some of Fischer's tactics have been way over-the-top. From bombarding mailboxes on Facebook, to over-aggressively hounding people in the hallways and doorsteps of courthouses, there is something about Fischer that troubles me if he is going to become President of the State Bar.
For ages, lawyers have had a to fight a bad reputation of being overly aggressive and not responsible for their own actions. In my opinion, Fischer seems so hell-bent on winning the election that he doesn't realize that he's reconfirming a lot of stereotypes about our profession.
I've never heard any of the same concerns about Apffel.
Voting in the run-off is very easy. All you have to do is click here to vote.
It shouldn't take you more than about 45 seconds.
Please vote for Trey Apffel.