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June 7, 2012

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Dallas Area Individuals and Organizations Honored by State Bar of Texas

HOUSTON — 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, June 14–15, at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.

The following Dallas area individuals will be honored:

Kenneth C. Raney, Jr., Presidents’ Award and a Presidential Citation for his efforts on behalf of the Texas Bar Historical Foundation and his support in assisting in creating a way for Texas lawyers to support the effort to preserve historical court documents.

Beverly Godbey, a Presidential Citation for her wisdom, skill, and dedication she demonstrated as chair of the State Bar Board of Directors.

Brian Webb, a Presidential Citation for his efforts to communicate effectively on behalf of State Bar of Texas sections and his sensibility in advancing critical issues facing Texas lawyers.

Charles T. Armstrong of Mesquite, Leon Jaworski Award for Teaching Excellence. The award is presented by the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors to recognize educators who have made an outstanding contribution to law-focused education and whose programs foster understanding of the values of our legal and judicial systems. Burns teaches at the Mesquite Learning Center, Mesquite ISD.

John O’Connor, Frank J. Scurlock Award, presented by the State Bar Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee. O’Connor has volunteered with the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (DVAP) since he was a summer associate in 2006. In the last two years, he has continued his service through DVAP, logging close to 600 hours of pro bono legal services.

Human Rights Initiative’s William O. Holston, Jr. Pro Bono Program (HRI), Pro Bono Award, presented by the State Bar Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee. HRI provides free legal representation to individuals seeking asylum and immigrant women and children who have experienced abuse, such as domestic violence, trafficking, neglect, and abandonment. In 2011, HRI volunteer attorneys donated 5,554 hours, an estimated value of more than $2 million.

Patton Boggs, L.L.P., W. Frank Newton Award, presented by the State Bar Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee. At Patton Boggs, all lawyers are encouraged to do pro bono work, and all associates and salaried of counsel are required to perform at least 100 hours of pro bono service each year. Through the Paton Boggs Pro Bono Program, coordinated through the firm’s Pro Bono Committee, the firm’s Dallas office donated approximately 8,000 hours to pro bono work in 2011.

Dallas Bar Association, Star of Achievement for its Campaign for Equal Access to Justice, as well as an Award of Merit.

Lacy L. Durham, Joseph M. Pritchard Inn Outstanding Director Award, presented by the Texas Young Lawyers Association. She spearheaded TYLA’s Diversity and Dialogue Dinner in Dallas, an event that showcased Ron Hall, a New York Times best-selling author of “Same Kind of Different as Me.” Durham’s motivation yielded the most ever scholarship applicants for the annual TYLA Minority Scholarship Program. She also coordinated TYLA’s first ever “Ladies Night Out” at the Alamo Drafthouse in San Antonio, where TYLA presented Healing the Wounds for victims of domestic violence, followed by an evening of pampering, dinner, and a movie.

Rebekah Steely Brooker and Kenneth C. Riney, TYLA President’s Award of Merit.

Hon. Martin J. Hoffman, Outstanding Mentor Award, presented by the Texas Young Lawyers Association. One of the most respected judges in Dallas, Judge Hoffman’s name has become synonymous with the term “mentor” in the city. He has been a role model for a multitude of young lawyers, law students, and high school students for many years.

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

John G. Browning, Outstanding Law Review Article, presented by the Texas Bar Foundation.

E. Steve Bolden, Drum Major for Justice Award, presented by the African-American Lawyers Section.

Rhonda Hunter, Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson Trailblazer, presented by the African-American Lawyers Section.

Mark E. Andrews, Robert B. Wilson Distinguished Service Award, presented by the Bankruptcy Law Section.

Rachel Castillo Evans, Southern Methodist Law School, Buck J. Wynne Scholarship Recipient, presented by the Environmental & Natural Resources Law Section.

Kim Askew, Luther H. Soules Outstanding Service to the Practice of Law, presented by the Litigation Section.

Lori Winter, Outstanding Committee Chair Award, presented by the Paralegal Division.

Roger L. Gette, Noble Award for Lifetime Achievements in Poverty Law, presented by the Poverty Law Section.

Kent H. McMahan, Distinguished Texas Probate Attorney Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law Section.

Phillip D. Weller, Distinguished Texas Real Estate Attorney Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law Section.

Emily Parker, Outstanding Texas Tax Lawyer, presented by the Taxation Section.

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