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EC Candidate for Secretary

Judge George Thomas 

Hello,

 

I seek your support of my re-election to Secretary for SABA-North America. As the organization’s Secretary for the past two years, I have overseen the preparation and maintenance of SABA’s official meeting records and presentation materials for the monthly Executive Committee meetings and the Quarterly Board of Directors meetings. I have served well at the position and would like to continue serving in this capacity.  

 

Small chapters like mine in Austin need representation on the Executive Committee to represent the voice of the smaller chapters. As our local chapter is still growing, my position on the Executive Committee serves as important recruitment tool for new and potential members. It gives the local chapter direct access to all the benefits that SABA-North America can provide but in a more personalized way.

I was born in New York City, NY and raised in Houston, TX.  Growing up, I never thought about being an attorney and certainly did not know any South Asian attorneys.  I attended the University of Houston Law Center with only a handful of law students of Asian descent.  We had more officer positions than members in our Asian Law Students Association during my 3L year.  After moving to Austin, I had even less contact with attorneys that reflected my background.  Once we started our local chapter of SABA, I immediately began to see the importance of it, beyond the social benefits.  Even though I was the only member that practiced criminal law full time, I instantly felt a weight lifted off me seeing others like me practicing law. The struggles I encountered at work or home were similar to the challenges faced by my fellow SABA-Austin members without me having to give a history or culture lesson first.

 

In addition to my position with SABA-North America and SABA-Austin, I sit on the Board of Directors of Ballet Austin and have served in leadership positions in various political and civic organizations in the Austin-area.  I am currently in my 6th year on the bench, after serving as a prosecuting attorney for nearly a decade on behalf of the City of Austin and Travis County.  Thank you for your support and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Judge George C. Thomas

gthomas.saba@gmail.com

Secretary, South Asian Bar Association of North America