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November 8, 2016
Contact: Amy Starnes
Public Information Director, State Bar of Texas
(800) 204-2222, ext. 1706, or (512) 427-1706

Attorneys honored with Texas Minority Counsel Program awards

AUSTIN — Attorneys from Houston, Dallas, and Austin will be honored with awards at the 24th annual Texas Minority Counsel Program held November 9-11 in Irving.

Award winners at this year’s conference are as follows:

  • Cisselon Nichols Hurd, senior legal counsel of Shell Oil Company in Houston, will be given the TMCP Corporate Counsel of the Year Award. The award is presented to the attorney judged by the Texas Minority Counsel Program Committee to have done the most to open doors for Texas minority, women, and LGBT attorneys by promoting diversity within his or her department and/or company and by consistently hiring minority, women, and/or LGBT attorneys in private practice.

  • Fred Gaona, member of Gray Reed & McGraw P.C. in Dallas, will be given the TMCP Trailblazer Outside Counsel of the Year Award. The award is presented to the attorney judged by the TMCP Committee to have done the most to effectuate the promotion of diversity within the legal profession through hiring, retention, and mentoring of minority, women, and LGBT attorneys.

  • Linda Bray Chanow, executive director of the Center for Women in Law at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, will be given the TMCP Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes an attorney who has demonstrated extraordinary support and advocacy for the advancement of minorities, women, and/or LGBT people in the legal profession over the course of his or her legal career.

The Texas Minority Counsel Program, created in 1993, is an annual networking and continuing legal education event hosted by the State Bar of Texas Office of Minority Affairs. TMCP endeavors to increase opportunities for minority and women attorneys who provide legal services to corporate and government clients, and to expose those organizations to the talent found in the minority and woman lawyer communities.

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