Cindy Tisdale (JD '95) of Granbury was elected chair of the board of directors of the State Bar of Texas. She took office in June during the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting in Dallas. She will serve as chair until June 2014.
As a third-year director on the State Bar of Texas board, Tisdale was eligible to run for chair. She was elected by her fellow board members.
Tisdale already is looking forward to what she can accomplish during her term.
"I hope to play a part in helping others, both attorneys and non-attorneys," she said. "Lisa Tatum, president of the State Bar, has some wonderful ideas for this year. One of her initiatives is to help those going through the legal system who can't afford an attorney to receive some type of representation. She has coordinated the Care Campaign that aids attorneys in organizing legal clinics for those who need legal services but cannot afford it. I would like to help her spread the word about this and get those who need help in touch with those who can help.
"Also, our State Bar has so many different benefits and programs to help attorneys," Tisdale continued. "Part of my goal is to disseminate this information to attorneys. The bar is comprised of smart, driven, and savvy employees and volunteers whose job it is to make the bar the best it can be. I am proud to help them in this endeavor."
Tisdale, of the Law Office of Cindy V. Tisdale, focuses her practice on family law. She is certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and serves on the council of the State Bar of Texas Family Law Section.
She is also a member of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, the Hood County Bar Association, and the College of the State Bar of Texas. She has served as president of the board of directors of the Paluxy River Children's Advocacy Center, and was twice named Hood County Attorney of the Year.
Tisdale said there are many challenges and rewards to working in family law.
"Unfortunately, my clients are usually going through the worst time of their lives in a divorce or custody battle," she said. "These are usually very good people going through a traumatic experience. Family law cases can be extremely tense and emotional. As a family law attorney, I have to separate myself from work while still being empathetic to my clients. All that being said, I absolutely love my job. I look forward to going to work (most days), and I can't imagine doing anything else. In some small way, I am helping my clients get through their rough time to see there can be life after divorce."