Houston Chapter

Houston Officers

President Mr. Donald Hamilton Kidd (12/31/22)
President Elect Ms. Sherie Potts Beckman (12/31/22)
Secretary/Treasurer Hon. Elizabeth Ray (12/31/22)
Foundation Director Ms. Caroline E. Baker (12/31/22)
Past President Mr. Alistair B. Dawson (12/31/21)
National Board Representative Mr. Don Jackson (12/31/22)
National Board Representative Ms. Maria Boyce (12/31/22)
National Board Representative Mr. John H. Kim (12/31/23)
National Board Representative Ms. Manpreet K. Singh (12/31/23)
National Board Representative Mr. Donald Hamilton Kidd (12/31/23)
National Board Representative Hon. Andrew Edison (12/31/23)
National Board Representative Mr. Pete T. Patterson (12/31/23)
National Board Representative Hon. Caroline E. Baker (12/31/23)
National Board Representative Mr. Dwaine M. Massey (12/31/23)
National Board Representative Hon. Elizabeth Ray (12/31/23)

2/18/22 Civility Matters program at Thurgood Marshall School of Law

3/1/22  “Talk Tuesdays: “Civility Still Matters” featuring Hon. Elizabeth Ray, Rusty Hardin and Richard Mithoff

3/22/22 New Members Luncheon – Cadillac Bar 12 Noon

4/1-2 and 4/9 Houston ABOTA Trial Academy South Texas College of Law

5/10/22 General Chapter Membership Meeting to vote on nominees 5:30pm Briar Cub

9/?/22 Member luncheon in Beaumont

11/12/22 Annual Dinner at the Briar Club

12/8/22 Holiday Bench Banter – time & location TBA

Houston Chapter Nominations and Forms

Here is the schedule for the 2022 Houston chapter nominations:

  • Nominations Open: January 10
  • Nominations Close (nomination, worksheets due to chapter President, Don Kidd’s office; cc: Cay Dickson): February 11
  • Membership Committee Meeting: Wednesday, February 23 at 3:30pm at Perdue & Kidd, 777 Post Oak Blvd, Suite 450, Houston, Texas and via ZOOM
  • Vetting of Nominees Due to Don Kidd: due Friday, April 15
  • Executive Committee Meeting: Wednesday, April 27 
  • General Mtg/Vote: Tuesday, May 10 at 5:30pm (Briar Club)
  • Applications/Worksheets/$300 check to ABOTA due in Don Kidd’s office,
    777 Post Oak Blvd. Suite 450, Houston, TX  77056 
    Friday, June 3 by 5pm
  • Don Kidd sends in nominations to National Executive Membership Committee:  Friday, June 23 (they must be IN Dallas by this date)


Membership FAQs (PDF)

HOUSTON Nomination Process (PDF)

2022 Houston ABOTA Chapter Nomination (PDF)
2022 Houston ABOTA Chapter Nomination (Word)
– nominator completes and gets a Second Nominator to sign

2022 ABOTA Worksheets A-D (PDF)
– There are 4 different sheets for different kinds of trial situations – nominee completes these, then Nominator reviews and signs

The Nomination Process

  • Member nominates with Houston Nomination FormNominees complete Worksheets, Member reviews and signs, then sends to current chapter President by date specified
  • Membership Committee meets, reviews nominations
  • Executive Committee makes final review, sets ballot
  • General Membership Meeting – members vote on nominees
  • Candidates for membership complete ABOTA Application, send with check for $300 to current chapter President by date specified
  • Chapter President submits all applications and worksheets to National ABOTA Executive Membership Committee for approval
  • ABOTA National Executive Membership Committee meets during the next National Board Meeting, reviews applications
  • New members are notified by National office
  • New members inducted at Annual Dinner at the end of the year


Houston Chapter News

Houston WABOTA Holiday Luncheon

The WABOTAns in the Houston chapter held their holiday luncheon at the beautiful Rainbow Lodge on Sunday, December 8. Over 30 members attended and those few who couldn't attend missed an afternoon of fun, laughter, great food and drink and fun gifts. This group is...

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Black Tie to Astros Watch Party!

The Houston chapter of ABOTA held their annual gala/black-tie dinner on Saturday, October 26th. Within a matter of 10 days, they changed the theme from black tie to Astros Watch Party and had everyone wear their favorite Astros clothes.  About 100 people watched the...

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Houston Honors 50-year Lawyers at Annual Dinner

The Houston chapter of ABOTA held its Annual Dinner and New Member Induction on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the Briar Club. Over 200 people attended the event - which, in 2017, was changed to an Astros Watch Party, when they were in the World Series. At the...

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Kat Gallagher Receives 2016 Women In Law Award

KAT GALLAGHER RECEIVES 2016 WOMEN IN LAW AWARD March 23, 2016 – Beck Redden LLP is pleased to announce that partner Kat Gallagher has been selected by Lawyer Monthly magazine as a recipient of the 2016 Women in Law Award in recognition of her outstanding...

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