State Bar of Texas
June 7, 2012

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San Antonio 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 San Antonio individuals will be honored:

Justice Phylis Speedlin, Judge Merrill Hartman Pro Bono Judge Award, presented by the State Bar Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee. This award honors a judge who has provided exemplary pro bono service. Justice Speedlin has served on the Fourth Court of Appeals since her appointment to the appellate court in April 2003. Frustrated with the number of pro se litigants appearing before their courts, Justice Speedlin and Judge Karen Pozza decided to design a new pro bono program — a joint project of the San Antonio Bar Association, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, and other community organizations — the Community Justice Program, which has spurred the development of similar programs in nine counties.

Priscilla D. Camacho and Sam Houston, TYLA President’s Award of Merit.

George H. Spencer, Sr., 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.

Lisa M. Tatum, Drum Major for Justice Award, presented by the African-American Lawyers Section.

Thomas “Tom” Rice, Robert B. Wilson Distinguished Service Award, presented by the Bankruptcy Law Section.

Benjamin A. Ahrendt, St. Mary’s University School of Law, Buck J. Wynne Scholarship Recipients, presented by the Environmental & Natural Resources Law Section.

Ted D. Lee, Chair’s Award — Award of Merit, presented by the Intellectual Property Law Section.

Patti Giuliano, Outstanding Committee Chair Award, presented by the Paralegal Division.

Patricia Diaz Dennis, Sarah T. Hughes Award, presented by the Women and the Law 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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