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Houston 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 Houston area individuals and organizations are among those being honored:
Travis J. Sales and Kay Sim, Presidential Citations for outstanding service to Texas Veterans through the statewide implementation of the Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans program. Their commitment to justice for all Texans, especially those who have served our country in the armed forces, has brought honor to the legal profession.
Ronald Chichester of Tomball, and Josiah Hamilton and Grant Scheiner of Houston, Certificate of Merit, presented by the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors and past presidents for outstanding contributions to the legal profession. The individuals were nominated by the Computer and Technology and Criminal Justice Sections for their role in developing the “Texas Bar Legal” iPhone app, which allows section members to access more than 50 state and federal codes, rules and statutes.
Geoff A. Gannaway, TYLA President's Award of Merit for his role in organizing the creation of two pamphlets, Resources for Veterans Seeking Help and Resources for Lawyers Assisting Veterans. Over 8,000 copies have been provided through the Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans initiative. Gannaway also volunteered at Houston veterans clinics.
Anita Barksdale, TYLA President's Award of Merit for her leadership role in identifying and recruiting over 200 witnesses for the five-day National Trial Competition.
David Grenardo, Frank J. Scurlock Award, presented by the State Bar Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee. Grenardo serves on the board of the Texas Civil Rights Project and has provided more than 200 hours of pro bono work to the TCRP and spearheaded its Pro Bono Program, recruiting large firms to get involved in pro bono work.
Ellyn Haikin Josef, Pro Bono Coordinator Award, presented by the State Bar Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee. Josef works as pro bono counsel to Vinson & Elkins, L.L.P. in Houston, managing the firm-wide pro bono program, including the pro bono efforts of 700 attorney volunteers.
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.
Houston Bar Association’s Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program (HVLP), Pro Bono Award, presented by the State Bar Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee. The HVLP has grown to more than 3,000 lawyers who volunteered more than 17,832 pro bono hours in 2010 to help fellow Houstonians access legal assistance.
Houston Bar Association, Star of Achievement for H.A.Y. Center Project for Youth Leaving Foster Care, Outstanding Partnership Award for Law Day Outreach to Inner-City Youth, as well as an Award of Merit.
Houston Bar Association’s Houston Young Lawyers Association, Star of Achievement, Teen Law Summer Program.
The Woodlands Bar Association, Award of Merit.
Harry M. Reasoner, Lola Wright Foundation Award, presented by the Texas Bar Foundation.
Ewing Werlein, Jr., Samuel Pessarra Outstanding Jurist Award, presented by the Texas Bar Foundation. This award honors an active federal or state judge who exhibits an exceptionally outstanding reputation for competency, efficiency and integrity.
James B. Sales, 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.
Matthew Allen, Outstanding Law Review Article, presented by the Texas Bar Foundation.
Judge Josefina M. Rendon, Justice Frank G. Evans Award, presented by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section.
Judge Herbert Gee, Justice David Wellington Chew Award, presented by the Asian Pacific Interest Section.
Hon. Charles A. Spain, Jr., Judge Norman W. Black Award, presented by the LGBT Section.
The State Bar of Texas is an administrative agency of the Supreme Court of Texas that provides educational programs for the legal profession and the public, administers the minimum continuing legal education program for attorneys, and manages the attorney discipline system.
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