Leadership

President – April Griffin

April is an Assistant General Counsel with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and has served for over ten years as a public servant for the State of Texas. She is a proud supporter of veteran’s rights having served on active duty in the United States Air Force for over seven years. She is a Commissioner serving on the Board for Travis County Emergency Services District (ESD) #2 and a Council Member of the State Bar of Texas Administrative and Public Law Section.April earned her B.A. from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas and her J.D. from St. Mary’s School of Law in San Antonio, Texas.April believes in public service and values every opportunity that she is given to serve her community. 

Vice President –  Johnathan Stone

Johnathan Stone is a trial lawyer with the Texas Medical Board where he prosecutes unfit healthcare professionals and shuts down medical practices that put our community at risk.  He previously worked at the Office of the Texas Attorney General litigating employment, civil rights, and constitutional law, including, among other things, defending challenges to the civil commitment of sexually violent predators program. Johnathan has practiced in state and federal courts across the state. He is admitted in all of the United States District Courts in Texas, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.  In his current role, he primarily tries cases before Administrative Law Judges at the State Office of Administrative Hearings. Johnathan Stone is dedicated to serving the Austin legal community.  He is a pro bono volunteer attorney with Volunteer Legal Services and Travis County Pro Se Law Clinic. He protects our community and profession by prosecuting individuals impersonating lawyers on the Texas Supreme Court’s Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee–District Nine Subcommittee.  He helps develop rules governing the practice of law as a member of the State Bar of Texas Administration of Rules of Evidence Committee. He is a member of the AYLA Leadership Academy Class of 2016, Leadership Austin Emerge Class of 2016, LeadershipSBOT Class of 2017, Austin Federalist Society Chapter, Texas Bar College, Young Men’s Business League, Austin Young Chamber, the Government Representative on the Board of the Austin Young Lawyers Association, and a Fellow with the Texas Bar Foundation. Johnathan previously served as Vice-President of the Austin Area Urban League Young Professionals and has been recognized by Mayor Steve Adler for his pro bono work and Attorney General Ken Paxton for his assistance during the 84th Legislative Session. Johnathan Stone earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri and law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law. Johnathan Stone is married to Ayeola Williams.  They are the proud parents of one daughter, Iman Layla Stone.  Johnathan’s hobbies and interests include audiobooks, the Saint Louis Cardinals, video games, and coffee.

Treasurer – Sylvia Hardman-Dingle

Sylvia Hardman-Dingle is a retired attorney. She served as the General Counsel, Director of Legal
Services, and Ethics Advisor for the Department of Assistive and
Rehabilitative Services (DARS) from 2004 until her retirement in 2016. Prior to the
consolidation of several health and human service agencies into DARS in
2004, Mrs. Hardman-Dingle served as the Deputy Commissioner for Legal
Services, General Counsel and Ethics Advisor for the Texas Rehabilitation
Commission (TRC) from 1998 to 2004.  Mrs. Hardman-Dingle worked as a staff
attorney in the fraud unit of the Texas Department of Insurance for two
years and was an assistant attorney general in the Tax Division at the
Office of the Attorney General for six years.  She received a B.A. from the
University of Michigan and her J.D. from the University of Texas School of
Law.  Mrs. Hardman-Dingle is a graduate of the Governor’s Executive
Development Program.  She served on the Grievance Committee for the State
Bar (2002-2008, chair of District 9A grievance committee 06/07 - 06/08);
served as chair of the Travis County Fee Dispute Committee  (1998 - 2001);
served on the Austin Tenants Council from 1994 – 1997; was a regular
volunteer for  Volunteer Legal Services; she has been the Chair of Virgil
C. Lott Scholarship Committee (2002 to present).  She served on the Citizen
Review Panel of the Austin Office of Police Monitor (2007 – 2013) serving
as the chairperson (2012-2013); She served on the Ethics Review
Commission for the City of Austin (2014 - 2015) and she currently serves on the Civil Service Commission for the Travis County Sheriff’s Office (2015 - present). She received a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. She is a long time active member of ABLA serving as Secretary in the past and is the current treasurer of ABLA.

Financial Secretary – Meagan Harding

Meagan is Senior civil rights attorney for Texas Civil Rights Project. Her practice focuses on criminal justice reform. Before joining the TCRP, Meagan worked as an Assistant District Attorney and Assistant County Attorney with the Travis County Attorney’s Office. She also has policy and legislative experience, as she served as a staff member during the 82nd legislative session for Democratic State Representative Ruth Jones McClendon where she focused on criminal justice reform bills.
Meagan is active in the Austin community as she serves as a board member for the Austin Black Lawyer’s Association, the Austin Young Lawyer’s Association and is a Director in the Texas Young Lawyer’s Association. She also serves as a commission member of the City of Austin Ethics Review Commission. In 2017, she served as the Vice Chair of the City of Austin Ethics Review Commission and was appointed to the Criminal and Civil Justice working group for the Mayor’s Task Force on institutional Racism. Meagan is a graduate of the 2015 class of Leadership Austin, which is a premiere development program that focuses on leadership and community involvement. She is the recipient of the 2016 Rising Star award for the Black Austin Democrats and the 2018 Outstanding New Director of the Year for the Texas Young Lawyers Association. She attended the University of Texas at Austin for undergrad and received her bachelor of science in Communication Studies. She also received her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law.

Secretary - Ayeola Williams

Secretary - Ayeola Williams is a contracts and procurement attorney in the Office of Chief Counsel at the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and formerly served as an assistant general counsel and the privacy attorney for the Department of State Health Services. Ayeola's day-to-day practice includes providing strategic legal counsel and oversight for HHSC contract matters, procurements, federal and state grants, and related issues.
Prior to joining the HHS System, Ayeola was an associate general counsel at a large, academic medical center in New York City focusing on healthcare transactions, physician contracting, and real estate matters. Ayeola also served as the privacy manager for the medical center, administering the privacy program, reviewing and updating privacy policies, procedures and notices, and investigating and responding to privacy incidents.
Ayeola obtained her B.A. with honors from McMaster University in her home town of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and her J.D. with honors from The University of Toledo College of Law.
Aside from the practice of law, Ayeola serves as the Secretary of the Austin Black Lawyers Association and was a vice-chair for the Austin Bar/AYLA Leadership Academy.  She encourages all attorneys, especially young attorneys, to join ABLA for the opportunity to create lifelong connections and friendships with members of the legal community, and to cultivate leadership skills.


Member at Large - Aden Allen

Member at Large - Aden Allen is a senior associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where his practice focuses on intellectual property and technology litigation. Aden has worked on matters encompassing a wide range of technologies, including generics pharmaceuticals, collaborative online video sharing systems, content delivery networks, and wireless handsets. Prior to attending law school, Aden gained industry experience as an engineer and program manager at Applied Materials. In this role, he managed programs related to spare parts for chemical mechanical polishing and electrochemical plating machines. Aden received his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was Articles Editor of the Science, Technology & Law Review. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Secretary – Desiree Bedasa

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Ayeola Williams - Secretary

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