Kelly E. Cook, one of the founding members and Houston lawyers at our firm, has been appointed to serve an on an important committee for the State Bar of Texas. On June 27, 2014, Attorney Cook begins his term as a member of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct standing committee. As a member of this committee, Mr. Cook will be assisting in the evaluation of the state bar's disciplinary rules and helping to suggest revisions where necessary.
As explained on the Texas Bar's website, lawyers in this state are required to follow the Texas Rules of Professional Conduct, as well as the Texas Rules of Disciplinary Procedure. When members of the state bar are suspected of violating these rules and carrying out professional misconduct, they can have grievances filed against them. After the appropriate reviews and hearings, it is then determined whether or not the unethical practices actually occurred and whether there should be any disciplinary action. Attorney Cook is now part of an important committee that ensures that the State Bar of Texas maintains fair and effective disciplinary procedures when situations such as these arise.
Attorney Cook is not only a new member of Texas Bar's disciplinary rules committee, but he is additionally a member of The College of the State Bar of Texas. He attained membership in the honorary society by completing at least double the amount of the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) that is required of Texas attorneys. On its website, the College of the State Bar of Texas notes that its members are qualified lawyers who have demonstrated their interest for improved attorney training and high ethical standards.