Roberts Named Chair of State Bar Section
July 9, 2020
SHSU Media Contact: Wes Hamilton
Gene Roberts, director of Student Legal and Mediation Services for Sam Houston State University, has been selected to be the chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Texas starting June 15, 2020, for a one-year term.
The State Bar of Texas has over 100,000 attorneys as members. The State Bar Act requires that all attorneys licensed in Texas are members of the State Bar of Texas, whose purpose is to support the administration of justice, foster high standards of ethical conduct, enable its members to serve clients and the public better, educate the public about the rule of law, and promote diversity in the administration of justice.
The ADR Section is one of 50 subject-specific legal sections authorized by the State Bar of Texas (others include litigation, bankruptcy, and municipal judges, for example) with a membership of almost 1,200 attorneys. During the year, Roberts will oversee an advanced training course in mediation and arbitration as well as other educational activities for the section.
“I’m excited and honored to be chair of this section,” Roberts stated. “The section has a rich history of educating the public about ways to resolve conflicts through mediation and arbitration. I am looking forward to continuing that mission and working with the ADR Council to improve mediation and arbitration in the state of Texas.”
Roberts has held many leadership positions in the ADR community in Texas, including chair of the Dallas Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and as a president of the Texas Association of Mediators. Roberts currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Dispute Resolution Center of Montgomery County. This non-profit, volunteer organization provides mediation and conflict resolution training to Montgomery County residents, businesses, agencies, and the courts.
In Huntsville, Roberts is a graduate of the Huntsville Leadership Institute and currently serves as a trustee to the Robert A. Josey Lodge, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the historic Josey Scout Lodge and Caretaker’s Cabin and surrounding property in Huntsville, Texas.
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