Federal Practice

Section Focus

In the background, a man in a dark blazer stands near the right of the frame, with a projector and pulled-down screen in the center of the frame and a vacant podium on the viewer's left. In the foreground, several adults sit in a half-circle at a table, facing away from the viewer and toward the man.The Federal Practice Section is committed to providing programming of interest to those in the Bar who practice in federal court or desire to learn more about federal court practice. The Section hosts luncheons featuring judges from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Southern District of Texas as well as prominent practitioners with national reputations. The Section participates in other social and service-oriented projects, such as co-sponsorship in the HBA’s Annual Holiday Party for the Judiciary and the HBA’s LegalLine.


2021-22 Section Officers

William Peterson, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
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Immediate Past Chair
Raffi Melkonian, Wright Close & Barger, LLP

Catherine Bratic, Hogan Lovells US LLP

Vice Chair
John Reed, U.S. Attorney’s Office (Southern District of Texas)

Sandhya Rao, U.S. District Court (Southern District of Texas)

Natasha Breaux, Haynes and Boone, LLP

History of Federal Practice Section Chairs

Bylaws of the Federal Practice Section

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Member Details

Section Members: 268
Section Dues: $35

Law Student Policies


$15 per person per meeting. Reservation required.