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On November 14, 2010, the Williamson County Bar Association celebrated its 50th Year Anniversary since the official formation pursuant to a Constitution of the Williamson County Bar Association. While the Constitution was created in 1960, references to the WilCo Bar date back to at least 1883. This is probably an accurate date for the WilCo Bar’s primitive formation which coincided with the creation of the State Bar of Texas in 1882. Unfortunately, the records related to our association’s early history were sparse. In preparation for celebrating its 50th year anniversary, the Bar researched its history and list of previous presidents in an effort to preserve that information for future WilCo lawyers.
 
In conducting this research, the Bar was able to locate information predating our official formation date of 1960. Specifically, the first known president, D.W. Wilcox, served from 1941 until 1942. The Bar then took a short hiatus between 1942 and 1946, when this Country was fighting during World War II. The Bar started back up again in 1946, under the leadership of Wilson H. Fox, and has been going strong ever since.
 
While the legal profession has been mostly male dominated, the Bar research project uncovered that Frances Fullerton, was the first woman licensed in Taylor in 1932. She served as the Vice President of the Bar in 1964. Between 1964 and 1988, there is little information about women’s role or participation in the Bar. However, in 1988, Marjorie Herbert paved the way for additional women to serve on the Board when she became the first woman president of the WilCo Bar. Since then, ten out of the twenty-three Bar presidents have been women.
 
The WilCo Bar has been the voice of Williamson County lawyers for more than 50 years. It has been an organization that promoted camaraderie and professionalism between attorneys, judges, and the public. The Bar has accomplished these goals in a number of ways, including the following:
 
·         The WilCo Bar has been instrumental in creating a public law library in the 1960s and then again in the 1990s.
 
·         The WilCo Bar provides multiple continuing legal education seminars or opportunities every year. The purpose of this is so that its attorneys are well informed of changes to the law and have the opportunity to refresh themselves on the basic principles of the areas of law they regularly practice.
 
·         In promoting the ideal of the noble profession, the WilCo Bar has participated in numerous community service activities throughout its history. These activities include:
 
o   Now that You’re 18 – local attorneys attend area high schools and make presentations to seniors about the rewards and legal consequences of turning 18
 
o   Wills for Heroes – volunteer attorneys prepared wills and estate planning documents for Williamson County Firefighters and Police Officers at no charge. This program was started in South Carolina after September 11, 2001 terrorist attack to assist first responders who were putting their lives on the line everyday for their community. The WilCo Bar adopted this program and prepared approximately 100 wills in a three year period.
 
o   J.B. Brookshire Scholarship – every year, the WilCo Bar awards a scholarship to a deserving high school senior to attend college.
 

Past Presidents

The WilCo Bar is continuing to explore its rich history and community involvement over the years. Below is the current list of past presidents. Please contact the Bar if you are able to provide us with any additional information or photos of our Association.
 
1941-1942
D.W. Wilcox
1942-1946
World War II
1946-1947
Wilson H. Fox
1947-1948
Sam W. Wilcox
1948-1949
Sam D. Burnap
1949-1950
Unknown
1950-1951
W.K. McClain
1951-1952
R.J. Bartosh
1952-1953
D.B. Wood
1953-1954
Kirby Vance
1954-1955
C.E. Gauntt
1955-1956
James R. Owen
1956-1957
Honorable William S. Lott
1957-1958
Honorable E.M. Grimes
1958-1959
Unknown
1959-1960
Jack R. Barkley
1960-1961
Honorable Sam V. Stone
1961-1962
Thomas Bullion Jr.
1962-1963
Honorable Timothy Maresh
1963-1964
David Sapp
1964-1965
Amos Peters
1965-1966
Gene Fondren
1966-1967
William R. Stump
1967-1968
Thomas Alderson, Jr
1968-1969
James Miles
1969-1970
Marvin Lenz
1970-1961
Wilson Fox
1971-1972
Charles Beaver
1972-1973
Jim B. Brookshire
1973-1974
Honorable Tim Wright
1974-1975
William H. Conner
1975-1976
Amos Peters
1976-1977
Honorable John Carter
1977-1978
Ted Hejl
1978-1979
Stephen L. Sheets
1979-1980
Leland R. Enochs
1980-1981
Ed Walsh
1981-1982
Robert J. Wilson
1982-1983
Honorable Burt Carnes
1983-1984
Dale Illig
1984-1985
Unknown
1985-1986
Richard Wells
1986-1987
Parker McCollough
1987-1988
Steven C. Copenhaver
1988-1989
Marjorie Herbert
1989-1990
Honorable Don Higginbotham
1990-1991
Mike Davis
1991-1992
Mike Davis
1992-1993
Lee Norton Bain
1993-1994
Rob Robertson
1994-1995
Betsy Lambeth
1995-1996
Sara W. Naylor
1996-1997
R. Mark Dietz
1997-1998
Brenda Rhea
1998-1999
Cynthia Borgfeld Smith
1999-2000
Lawrence A. Russell
2000-2001
J.R. Hancock
2001-2002
Christina B. Peterson
2002-2003
Lacey A. Mullowney
2003-2004
Honorable Ken Anderson
2004-2005
Patricia Cummings
2005-2006
R. Marc Ranc
2006-2007
Amy McLean
2007-2008
Leo Foust
2008-2009
Honorable Mark Silverstone
2009-2010
Joshua P. Murray
2010-2011
C. Matthew Shanks
2011-2012
V. Blayre Peña
2012-2013
Lisa S. Richardson
2013-2014

Todd Nickle 

 

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