April 25, 2018
Contact: Amy Starnes
Public Information Director, State Bar of Texas
(800) 204-2222, ext. 1706, or (512) 427-1706
astarnes@texasbar.com

 

Media Advisory:

State Bar to honor 2 Fort Worth-area judges, the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct Committee, and Hatton W. Sumners executive for service to the legal community

When: 9 a.m. Friday, April 27

Where: Omni Fort Worth Hotel, 1300 Houston St., Fort Worth TX 76102

What: The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors and President Tom Vick will present resolutions to Fort Worth-area Judge Brent A. Carr, the late Judge John H. Fostel, the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct Committee, and Hugh C. Akin, the executive director of the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation for the Study and Teaching of the Science of Self-Government.

Media Note: State Bar President Tom Vick will present the resolutions soon after the start of the board meeting, which begins at 9 a.m. If you can’t attend but would like to receive a photo for publication of the recipients receiving their awards, please email astarnes@texasbar.com.

Background: The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors meets quarterly in different cities across the state. At these meetings, the board may adopt resolutions honoring local attorneys or judges for exceptional service to the profession and community. Selections are made after seeking input from local State Bar directors, area bar associations, colleagues, and others familiar with the work of the attorneys or judges receiving the recognition.

The Hon. John H. Fostel passed away in 2017 in his 23rd year of service to Jack and Wise counties presiding over the civil, family, and felony criminal courts. He was described as brilliant, compassionate and devoted to the fair and efficient administration of justice.

The Hon. Brent A. Carr has presided over Tarrant County Criminal Court No. 9 since its creation in 1991. He is credited for his instrumental work in bringing specialty court programs such as a veterans court diversion program, a mental health diversion program, and a high-risk women offender program to the county.

Hugh C. Akin is the executive director of the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation for the Study and Teaching of the Science of Self-Government. He has spent 25 years supporting programs that result in increased understanding of the benefits of individual freedom as well as personal and civic responsibility.

The work of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct Committee plays an important role in the self-regulation of the legal profession and shows the dedication of Texas lawyers to protecting the public while setting high ethical standards.

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