November 8, 2017
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, San Antonio, and Phoenix, Arizona were honored Thursday with awards at the 25th annual Texas Minority Counsel Program. The program runs November 8-10 in Austin.

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

  • Lawrence Clifton Morgan, senior corporate counsel of Republic Services, Inc., based in Phoenix, Arizona, received the TMCP Corporate Counsel of the Year Award. The award recognizes an in-house counsel who has opened 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.

  • Rodney Ellis, senior advisor at Dentons US LLP in Houston, received the TMCP Trailblazer of the Year Award. The award recognizes an attorney who has effectuated the promotion of diversity within the legal profession through hiring, retention, and mentoring of minority, women, and LGBT attorneys; partnering with minority, women, and LGBT-owned law firms; and involvement with Bar and/or community activities designed to promote diversity within the legal profession.

  • Abel Martinez, group vice-president of partner relations, risk solutions, and government affairs for HEB Grocery Company in San Antonio, received the 2017 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 diverse lawyer communities.

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