Colby Nichols’ Article Published in TACS Today Magazine


“Looking Toward the 87th Legislature” by Colby Nichols, TACS Governmental Relations, School Law

Underwood’s own, Colby Nichols recently wrote an article that was published in the TACS Today magazine. We are so proud of Colby! Read below for a teaser.

“What phrases make you cringe? ‘It is what is is,’ ‘just sayin,’ or how about ‘the new normal?’ Personally, that last phrase has become way too familiar. The truth is, we are faced with uncharted territory and practices developed to deal with this ‘new normal’ will be permanent, but what we are doing and what we must do, is anything but normal…”

To view the entire article, visit page 10 of the magazine!

Slater Elza Elected as Board Member of Texas City Attorneys Association (TCAA)

At the Texas City Attorneys Association (TCAA) Fall Meeting on October 15, 2020, a new Board of Directors was elected by the TCAA membership, which consists of over 400 municipal attorneys. 

Underwood Shareholder Slater Elza was elected to a one-year term as TCAA Recorder. The Recorder of TCAA is a leadership position within the Board.  Slater will attend several TCAA board meetings per year, and along with the rest of the Board, set policy and procedures for the organization, among other duties.

The Texas City Attorneys Association was organized in 1928 as an affiliate to the Texas Municipal League to promote, encourage, and advance the professional development of municipal attorneys throughout the State of Texas. TCAA is an affiliate organization of the Texas Municipal League (TML), which represents some 98 percent of the Texas urban population through its over 1,100 member cities. TCAA currently has a membership of over 400 attorneys and continues to meet the needs, concerns, and problems of its members in a variety of ways, providing, among other services, continuing legal education, the ListTCAA Listserv, a monthly newsletter, municipal certification, awards for outstanding municipal lawyers, and much more.

Congrats Slater!

Janet Bubert Elected Vice Chair of the Council of School Attorneys

Congrats to our very own Janet Bubert who has been elected to the Vice-Chair position of the Council of School Attorneys!!

“The Texas Council of School Attorneys (CSA) provides a statewide forum on practical legal problems faced by local public schools and their attorneys. The council works to promote closer relationships among school attorneys. A major focus is to offer continuing education programs and other assistance for attorneys. Council membership is available only to those attorneys who represent at least one school district client. (CSA Bylaws)

Membership in the Texas council includes membership in the National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys. The NSBA council sponsors at least two legal programs annually for its members in different locations across the country.

The Texas council meets for its annual school law seminar and business meeting each fall at the TASB/TASA Convention. Texas council members receive the council’s monthly newsletter, TASB School Law Update, which reviews legal developments affecting school districts throughout the state.”

Learn more about CSA here.

Slater Elza Presents at Texas City Attorneys Association Virtual Fall Conference

Underwood attorney Slater Elza gave another great virtual presentation at Texas City Attorneys Association Virtual Fall Conference. The title of his presentation was “City Council: Legal and Ethical Issues.” We are so proud of how our attorneys and staff have so gracefully navigated this new world we live in! 


Celebrating Slater Elza Presidency!

Last week, Slater Elza was sworn in as President of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel (TADC). See below for photos of this joyous occasion as Underwood’s Gavin Gadberry and Jennie Knapp, along with friends and family cheered him on!