State Bar of Texas
June 7, 2012

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Alpine Individual 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 Alpine individual will be honored:

Julie Balovich, Impact Award in Poverty Law, presented by the Poverty Law Section, and the J. Chrys Dougherty Legal Services Award, presented by the State Bar of Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee. Balovich of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid’s Alpine office is currently the managing attorney for the Guardianship Team, previously serving as deputy group coordinator for the Domestic Violence and Family Law practice group. She played a lead role in the 2008-09 litigation on behalf of women who belong to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) in Eldorado. Balovich was at the courthouse in San Angelo while the proceedings occurred. She advocated for her clients, was at the stadium where the children were being held, was denied the right to visit or even speak with her own clients, and watched as the buses scattered the children across the state. The FLDS litigation required the tireless and imaginative advocacy that is typical of her work. Balovich regularly works extra hours and on weekends, and is always willing to take on a tough case that appears hopeless.

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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