October 22, 2018
Contact: Lowell Brown
Communications Division Director, State Bar of Texas
(800) 204-2222, ext. 1713, or (512) 427-1713


Lawyers, judge honored with Texas Minority Counsel Program awards

AUSTIN — Two Dallas attorneys and an Austin-based federal judge were honored with awards at the 26th annual Texas Minority Counsel Program held October 17-19 in Houston.
Award winners at this year’s conference are as follows:

  • Chasity Henry, an assistant general counsel at Kimberly-Clark Corporation in Dallas, 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.

  • Michael Pegues, vice chair of the intellectual property litigation practice at Polsinelli in Dallas, 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.

  • U.S. District Judge Robert L. Pitman, of the Western District of Texas in Austin, received the 2018 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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