News From Around The Bar
Champions of Justice Gala raises More Than $455,050 for veterans’ legal services
The Texas Access to Justice Commission with its co-sponsor, the State Bar of Texas, honored veterans throughout the state at the Champions of Justice Gala Benefiting Veterans on April 30 at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin. More than $455,050 was raised to help provide civil legal services to low-income Texas veterans. Proceeds are distributed by the Texas Access to Justice Foundation and dedicated to the provision of civil legal services for low-income Texas veterans. Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman was the master of ceremonies and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Phil Klay, the author of the short story collection Redeployment, delivered the keynote. The 2019 James B. Sales Boots on the Ground Award was presented to both Garth Corbett, of Disability Rights Texas, and William “Gene” Rollins, of Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas. For more information about the Texas Access to Justice Commission, go to texasatj.org.
Above: U.S. Marine Corps veteran and author Phil Klay delivers the keynote address at the Champions of Justice Gala Benefiting Veterans on April 30 in Austin.
Dallas Bar Association receives Texas Bar Foundation grant
for legal incubator
The Dallas Bar Association, or DBA, received a grant from the Texas Bar Foundation to launch its Entrepreneurs in Community Lawyering program, the first local legal incubator in Dallas that seeks to create a pipeline for lawyers who are well equipped to launch a fiscally stable solo or small firm that caters to low-income Texans. The program, one of DBA President Laura Benitez Geisler’s initiatives, is inspired by the State Bar’s Texas Opportunity & Justice Incubator. Participants must be recent law school graduates licensed less than five years and have an interest in starting a solo or small firm serving clients of modest means. Candidates have to complete an application and interview process before being invited to participate. Sustainability of the applicant’s proposed practice area is critical. The program anticipates having eight to 10 lawyers per session. Interested candidates should contact Kathryn Zack at email@example.com.
May 1-7 designated as National Proud to Be an American Week
The National Day Archives, or NDA, has officially designated the week of May 1-7 of each calendar year as National Proud to Be an American Week. “We are so excited to release this year’s signature project, Proud to Be an American,” said Meagan Harding, of the Texas Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors. “There are so many rights and privileges that we can enjoy in this country, and we wanted to highlight those as well as showcase people from diverse backgrounds who enrich this country and enhance our collective experience.” In April 2019, TYLA submitted a proposal to NDA, which has now also added National Proud to Be an American Week to its website and included it on the site calendar. For more information about TYLA, go to tyla.org. For more information on the NDA, go to NationalDayArchives.com.
Disability Rights Texas seeks nominations
Disability Rights Texas, or DRTx, is seeking nominations for its Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness, or PAIMI Council. Mandated by the Federal PAIMI Act, this council “…will advise the system on policies and priorities to be carried out in protecting and advocating for the rights of mentally ill individuals…” The council must reflect a diverse constituency served by DRTx and is required to include one lawyer member. DRTx is seeking an attorney member to serve a three-year term, starting October 1, 2019. For more information, go to disabilityrightstx.org and to apply, contact Sara Record at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNT Dallas law student wins Women and the Law Section writing
Aubrey Eyrolles, a student at the University of North Texas Dallas College of Law, has been chosen as the winner of the 2019 Harriet E. Miers Writing Competition Award offered by the State Bar of Texas Women and the Law Section. The award, named for the first female president of the State Bar of Texas, includes $500 for law school educational expenses. Eyrolles won the competition for her essay, “The Female Incarceration Effect.” Section Chair Deborah Cordova will present Eyrolles with the award at the section’s annual membership meeting on June 13 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Austin.TBJ