- In the March issue of the Texas Bar Journal, the Bar did not run Joe Longley’s profile, with the profiles of other candidates. Instead, the Bar ran only the profiles of the State Bar insider-chosen candidates. This was in spite of the Bar Rule requiring that “The names of ALL NOMINEES for the office of president-elect shall be published in the Texas Bar Journal . . . .” [Article IV Section 11(C)]. Section 11(B) allows petition candidates (like Joe Longley) to present petitions for nominations for State Bar President up until March 1—so the Bar could not know the names of petition nominees, like Joe, until March 1.
The Bar staff knew Joe Longley was running as a serious petition candidate, and he requested that the Bar wait until the March 1 deadline had passed before running any profile of any candidate until all candidates could be included. The Bar refused. The Bar knowingly and intentionally acted to benefit the two candidates hand-picked by the Bar’s Nominations committee, and did so in violation of the Bar Rules.
- In the April issue of the Bar Journal, the Editor-in-Chief (who is also the Bar’s Executive Director), Michelle Hunter, again played favorites, interjecting misleading “editorial commentary” to Joe Longley’s answers to the posed questions—while offering none for either of the other two State Bar insider chosen candidates. That was unfair, misleading, and manipulative.
- Then our current State Bar President wrote a President’s Page that was, at best, misleading. In applauding the State Bar’s contribution to Sunset review, he completely failed to mention that the Sunset Commission staff proposed abolishing our right to vote on disciplinary rules, while he and other Bar leaders remained silent and took no action to preserve the rights of Texas lawyers to vote.
- The Bar’s nominations committee sent secret emails to other candidates, without copying Joe Longley or explaining the special procedures that the committee was following, in part to benefit those candidates.
John Howie, Jr.
Jim Perdue, Jr.
Ben H. Langford
John A. David, Jr.
Steven R. Davis
Glenn W. Cunningham
Juan C. Hernandez
Michael G. Guajardo