News From Around The Bar

TLAP Director Speaks on Wellness and Well-being

Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program Director Bree Buchanan gave a presentation on well-being at a Texas Board of Law Examiners luncheon on May 14 in Austin. Buchanan is co-chair of the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being, co-authored the task force’s report, “The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change,” and recently received the Excellence in Community Leadership Award from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Legal Professionals Program.

Above: TLAP Director Bree Buchanan spoke about well-being at the Texas Board of Law Examiners luncheon on May 14 in Austin. Photo by Lowell Brown.

U.S. 5th Circuit Chief Judge to Keynote Hemphill Dinner

Hon. Carl E. Stewart, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, will be the keynote speaker at the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society’s 23rd Annual John Hemphill Dinner on September 7 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin. Former Texas Supreme Court Justice Dale Wainwright, 2017-2018 society president, will preside over the evening program, which includes a presentation of the 10th annual Chief Justice Jack Pope Professionalism Award by the Texas Center for Legal Ethics. The award recognizes a Texas appellate lawyer or judge who demonstrates the highest level of professionalism and integrity. Proceeds from the dinner support the society’s archival and educational programs, including its journal and book publishing projects. For ticket information, go to or email

Houston Lawyer Rides in the BP MS 150

This April marked the 15th year that Curtis W. Martin, the co-managing partner of Peckar & Abramson’s Texas offices, rode in the BP MS 150, a bicycle ride from the Houston area to Austin that aims to raise awareness and seek funding for research and support for multiple sclerosis patients and their families. Since 2001, Martin has raised more than $17,500. The ride has become one of the largest events of its kind in North America.

Above: Curtis W. Martin rode in the BP MS 150 this past April.

Legislative Subcommittee to Meet

The State Bar Legislative Policy Subcommittee is tentatively scheduled to meet August 16-17 to discuss all legislative proposals that have been properly submitted for consideration by the committee. To request a copy of the proposals or for questions regarding the August meeting, contact the State Bar Governmental Relations Department at or (800) 204-2222, ext. 6826.

Dallas Attorneys Raise Money to Support Mary Kay Foundation

Sawyer Neely and Sam Acker, attorneys with Dallas-based trial law firm Sayles Werbner, played in the 7th annual Mary Kay Charity Golf Classic on May 14 to support the Mary Kay Foundation’s mission of raising funds and awareness for organizations fighting cancer and violence against women. The firm was a sponsor of the event, which was held at the Stonebriar Country Club in Frisco.

Warren Harris is New HBA president

Warren W. Harris, a partner in Bracewell, is the new president of the Houston Bar Association. Harris succeeds Alistair B. Dawson, who will serve on the HBA Board of Directors as immediate past president. Other new HBA officers are President-elect Benny Agosto Jr., of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz; First Vice President Jennifer A. Hasley, of Hasley Scarano; Second Vice President Chris Popov, of Vinson & Elkins; Secretary David Harrell, of Locke Lord; and Treasurer Bill Kroger, of Baker Botts. New directors for 2018-2020 are Diana Gomez, of Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry; Greg Moore, of Norton Rose Fulbright; Robert Painter, of Painter Law Firm; and Greg Ulmer, of BakerHostetler.

Adam T. Schramek is New Austin Bar President

Adam T. Schramek, a litigation partner in Norton Rose Fulbright, took office as the new president of the Austin Bar Association on June 1. As president, his mission is to increase participation by Austin lawyers in pro bono projects, such as Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans, which provides pro bono civil legal assistance to veterans and their families who otherwise could not afford legal services. Schramek has been a member of the Austin Bar’s Board of Directors since 2013, previously served as president of the Austin Young Lawyers Association, and is a fellow of the Austin Bar Foundation.TBJ


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