Sam Houston

Community Connection

Sam is a board-certified civil appellate lawyer in San Antonio. He began his legal career as a briefing attorney on the Fourteenth Court of Appeals in Houston. Since then, he has worked in the appellate sections of litigation firms in San Antonio. In 2013, Sam formed Houston Dunn, PLLC, a civil appellate boutique, with his long-time friend, Nissa Dunn. In addition to initiating and defending civil appeals and original proceedings in state and federal appellate courts, Sam works closely with trial lawyers to develop trial strategy, prepare cases for trial, and assist in error preservation.

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Dear TYLA Member,
As TYLA President, I will work to serve young lawyers, the public, and law students. TYLA has a strong record of service, and I will ensure that the tradition continues. I hope to use this campaign as a way to learn how TYLA can be a meaningful resource to you, your practice, and your community. If you have some ideas on how TYLA can serve you better, please contact me. I’d love to hear from you.
Sam Houston

OBJECTIVES AND GOALS

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TAKE TYLA ON THE ROAD
Introduce TYLA projects to young lawyer affiliates in and outside of Texas.

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PROVIDE MEANINGFUL OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE
Connect young lawyers with community organizations that need help.

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SERVE AS A RESOURCE
Continue to provide substantive resources to young lawyers that will assist them in developing and maintaining a law practice.

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GIVE THE LEGAL PROFESSION SOME GOOD PR
Educate the public about important contributions lawyers make to society.

Experience and Education

EDUCATION, CERTIFICATIONS, & ACCOLADES

BOARD CERTIFIED IN CIVIL APPELLATE LAW – TEXAS BOARD OF LEGAL SPECIALIZATION

J.D., MAGNA CUM LAUDE, ST. MARY’S UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW – 2003

B.A. AND B.A., HIGH HONORS, NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY – 2000

TEXAS SUPER LAWYERS LIST, APPELLATE LAW, AS COMPILED BY THOMSON REUTERS – 2014

TEXAS RISING STARS LIST, APPELLATE LAW, AS COMPILED BY THOMSON REUTERS – 2005, 2009-2014

MEMBER OF THE COLLEGE OF THE STATE BAR OF TEXAS

TYLA AWARDS

JOSEPH M. PRITCHARD OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR AWARD – 2013

PRESIDENT’S AWARD OF MERIT – 2012

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TYLA LEADERSHIP

VICE PRESIDENT – 2014-2015

DIRECTOR, DISTRICT 18 – 2010-2014

CO-CHAIR, LAW FOCUSED EDUCATION COMMITTEE – 2012-2014

CO-CHAIR, LOCAL AFFILIATES COMMITTEE –2012-2014

CO-CHAIR, MEMBER SERVICES & OUTREACH COMMITTEE – 2013-2014

CO-CHAIR, STATE MOOT COURT COMPETITION – 2013-2014

CO-CHAIR, LAW STUDENT OUTREACH COMMITTEE – 2011-2012

CO-CHAIR, LOW INCOME TEXAS COMMITTEE – 2010-2011

STATE & LOCAL BAR LEADERSHIP

COUNCIL MEMBER, STATE BAR OF TEXAS APPELLATE SECTION – 2013-2016

PRESIDENT, SAN ANTONIO YOUNG LAWYERS ASSOCIATION – 2008-2009

CHAIR, SAN ANTONIO BAR ASSOCIATION APPELLATE PRACTICE SECTION – 2009-2011

TRUSTEE & ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBER, SAN ANTONIO BAR FOUNDATION – 2009-2013

PROGRAM LEADER, WILLIAM S. SESSIONS AMERICAN INN OF COURT- 2010, 2013

Electronic and paper voting begins on April 1, All ballots must be received by 5:00 p.m., April 30.

PERSONAL

Sam and Lori Houston have been married for over 13 years. Lori, Director of the City of San Antonio’s Center City Development and Operations Department, oversees the revitalization of downtown San Antonio. Sam and Lori are both passionate about San Antonio. They have been actively involved in San Antonio’s growing arts and cultural scene, as well as efforts to energize the young professional community. Together they have a 6-month old daughter, Millie Hope, and a 7-year old Shetland Sheepdog named Max. While they have their hands full, Sam and Lori enjoy an active social life and look forward to new travel opportunities with their baby daughter.

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