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June 21, 2011

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Austin Area Individuals and Organizations Honored by State Bar of Texas

SAN ANTONIO – Presentation of awards honoring exceptional service to the public and the legal profession will be a highlight of the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, to be held June 23-24 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.

The following Austin area individuals and organizations are among those being honored:

Daniel D. King, Presidents’ Award and a Presidential Citation. King was the first chair of the statewide veteran representation initiative undertaken by State Bar President Terry Tottenham. Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans grew out of a successful Houston program and has led to the creation of veterans’ legal clinics throughout the state, partnerships with other professions, and an increased awareness of the problems faced by veterans and the solutions available. The program, under King’s leadership, has also increased lawyer participation in pro bono programs and helped the public understand the plight of veterans.

Tina Carnes, a Presidential Citation for outstanding service to Texas veterans and commitment to justice for all Texans, and her willingness to build bridges among all those seeking to assist veterans.

Berry Crowley, a Presidential Citation for raising funds and awareness to help individuals seek treatment for addiction, mental illness and depression.

David Halpern and Tracy McCormack, Presidential Citations for their work as co-directors of the Litigation Skills Course for Government Lawyers.

Jo Ann Merica, a Presidential Citation for outstanding service to Texas veterans through the statewide implementation of the Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans program. Her commitment to justice for all Texans, especially those who have served our country in the armed forces, has brought honor to the legal profession.

Col. Bryan Spencer, a Presidential Citation for unwavering support and tremendous volunteer efforts to assist active military personnel and veterans and their families in need of pro bono legal representation.

Brian East, J. Chrys Dougherty Legal Services Award, presented by the State Bar Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee. East is a senior attorney at Disability Rights Texas (formerly Advocacy, Inc.). He is a frequent presenter on disability law issues, and has been instrumental in affecting change, helping protect and advocate for people with disabilities.

Nelson Mock, J. Chrys Dougherty Legal Services Award, presented by the State Bar Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee. Mock is the managing attorney for the landlord-tenant team in Texas RioGrande Legal Aid’s Austin office. He also is a founding chair of the State Bar Poverty Law Section and a frequent participant in legal aid clinics.

Marcy Hogan Greer, Frank J. Scurlock Award, presented by the State Bar Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee. Greer, a partner in the Austin office of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., recruited 60 volunteer attorneys, who donated 587 pro bono hours to helping the state’s foster and at-risk youth. In addition, as immediate past chair of the State Bar Appellate Section, she helped implement the Section’s Pro Bono Committee, which more than 120 volunteers have embraced.

Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., W. Frank Newton Award, presented by the State Bar Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee. Last year, 452 Texas attorneys – or 92 percent - participated in Fulbright’s pro bono activities. In addition, 223 non-attorney volunteers participated in pro bono activities, not including the secretarial and legal assistant services provided on pro bono cases handled by the firm. Fulbright’s four Texas offices donated 46,524 pro bono attorney hours to people and organizations in need in 2010.

Zachary Hall, TYLA President's Award of Merit for his work on the State Moot Court competition.

Clint Harbour, TYLA President's Award of Merit for his role in working with the Texas Access to Justice Commission on Partnering for Pro Bono, encouraging in-house counsel and young lawyers to do pro bono work, and for his leadership in the National Trial and State Moot Court  Competitions.

Thea D. Whalen, TYLA President's Award of Merit for her work on the National Trial Competition.

Larry Temple, Outstanding 50-Year Lawyer Award, presented by the Texas Bar Foundation. This award recognizes attorneys whose practice spans 50 years or more, and who adhere to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession and service to the public.

Claude E. Ducloux, Gene Cavin Award, presented by TexasBarCLE, for substantial contributions to State Bar continuing legal education.

Betty Balli Torres, Community Service Award, presented by the Hispanic Issues Section.

Pamela R. Horn, Exceptional Pro Bono Service Award, presented by the Paralegal Division.

Stanley M. Johanson, Outstanding Texas Tax Lawyer, presented by the Tax Section.

Deborah Fitzgerald Fowler, Ma'at Justice Award, presented by the Women and the Law Section to recognize and celebrate attorneys who have contributed to the furtherance of justice in our society.

Williamson County Bar Association, Adoption Day, Outstanding Partnership Award.

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