FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 11, 2017
Contact: Amy Starnes
Public Information Director, State Bar of Texas
(800) 204-2222, ext. 1706, or (512) 427-1706
astarnes@texasbar.com

State Bar of Texas wins national award for diversity program

AUSTIN—The State Bar of Texas today received a national award for one of its signature efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.
The Texas Minority Counsel Program (TMCP) received one of three ABA Partnership Awards during an awards ceremony held in conjunction with the American Bar Association Annual Meeting in New York. The ABA Partnership Awards Program salutes bar association projects directed at increasing the participation and advancement of diverse lawyers.

“The State Bar of Texas works hard to promote diversity and inclusion in the legal profession so this state’s community of lawyers can best represent the diverse population of the Lone Star state,” said G. Thomas Vick Jr., 2017-18 president of the State Bar of Texas. “We are honored that this program is getting the recognition it so richly deserves.”

Each year, the ABA Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services presents the awards in co-sponsorship with the Hispanic National Bar Association, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, National Native American Bar Association, and the National Bar Association. The Missouri Bar and the South Carolina Bar also received ABA Partnership Awards for 2017.

TMCP is the premier client development, networking, and continuing legal education (CLE) event for diverse attorneys in Texas. Created in 1993, the program’s mission is to increase opportunities for minority and women attorneys who provide legal services to corporate and government clients, and expose those organizations to the legal talent of diverse attorneys.
TMCP offers attendees CLE presentations from experts in the legal profession and valuable networking opportunities in the form of receptions, a speed networking luncheon, and other events. Attendees also can participate in informational interviews to discuss outside counsel opportunities. In addition, the annual TMCP awards recognize and honor outstanding attorneys who have made an impact in the areas of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.
 
The program also offers Save-the-Date Receptions that provide networking opportunities in major cities throughout Texas during the months leading up to the annual conference. All attorneys are invited to attend these free events to network with local attorneys while learning more about TMCP.

The 2017 TMCP conference will take place November 8-10 in Austin. For more information, go to texasbar.com/TMCP.

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