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NEW POSITIONS . . . Jennifer S. Brownell and Jonathan R. Smith have joined Kane Russell Coleman & Logan in Dallas. Brownell will focus on commercial litigation, professional liability defense litigation and medical peer review proceedings. Smith will focus on commercial real estate. Both formerly were with Chaiken and Chaiken. . . . Rachel Giesber Clingman has joined the litigation practice of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan in Houston. She will serve as co-partner-in-charge of the Houston office and as head of a national business litigation group that includes energy and environmental litigation. She formerly was with Fulbright & Jaworski. . . . John P. Bowman has joined the international arbitration practice as a partner in King & Spalding in Houston. He formerly was with Fulbright & Jaworski. . . . James T. Sunosky has been promoted to senior associate with Ireson & Weizel in Houston. . . . Lisa Helfman has joined Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston as assistant general counsel, corporate operations. She previously was with Vinson & Elkins. ELECTIONS . . . Austin solo Richard Pena and Scott F. Partridge, a senior partner and head of the intellectual property department at the Houston office of Baker Botts, each have been elected to a three-year term as a member of the American Bar Association’s board of governors. . . . Graham Hill, head of litigation at Locke Liddell & Sapp’s Houston office, has been elected secretary/treasurer of the International Society of Barristers. . . . Austin solo Richard Pena has been elected to a three-year term on the American Bar Association’s board of governors. He will serve as governor of the 8th District, representing Texas and Florida. APPOINTMENTS . . . Alan B. Daughtry, a litigation partner in Jackson Walker in Houston, has been appointed to a three-year term on the State Bar of Texas’ Pattern Jury Charge Committee covering general negligence and intentional personal torts. Also named to the committee were Molly Steele and Scott P. Stolley, partners in Thompson & Knight’s trial practice group in Dallas. Steele will serve on the Pattern Jury Charges � Oversight Committee, and Stolley will serve on the Pattern Jury Charges � Business, Consumer and Employment Committee. . . . Teresa J. Clingman of Midland has been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry as district attorney of the 142nd Judicial District, Midland County, to serve until the next general election. . . . R. Gordon Appleman has been named chairman of the University of Texas College of Liberal Arts Foundation Advisory Council and chairman of the UT School of Law’s 55th Annual Taxation Conference. He is a partner in the tax practice group at Thompson & Knight in Fort Worth. NEW FIRMS . . . Thomas C. Riney and Mitzi S. Mayfield have formed Riney & Mayfield in Amarillo, focusing on civil trial and appellate law. Joni Paul Kleinschmidt and Kerri L. Stampes have joined as associates. The office is at 600 Maxor Building, 320 S. Polk, Amarillo, 79101; phone (806) 468-3201; fax (806) 376-4509. . . . Max Higgs has retired from the El Paso County Statutory Probate Court bench and opened a general civil practice, focusing on probate, guardianship and elder law, at 615 E. Schuster Ave., Building 6, El Paso, 79902; phone (915) 351-1963; fax (915) 975-6520. NEW ADDRESS . . . The Bedford firm Adams, Lynch & Loftin has moved to new offices at 3950 Highway 360, Grapevine, 76051.

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