News From Around The Bar

TYLA receives three ABA YLD Awards of Achievement

The Texas Young Lawyers Association was recognized with three top honors by the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division during the American Bar Association meeting July 30. TYLA received the three awards in State Division A: the Overall Comprehensive Award, Diversity Award, and Service to the Bar Award. State Division A includes young lawyer associations with more than 8,001 young lawyer members. The Diversity Award was presented for TYLA’s Retention Guide, and Breaking the Cycle: A Layered Approach to Attorney-Wellness received the Service to the Bar Award. The Overall Comprehensive Award includes these projects as well as Your Voice Now!, Texas Courts for Texas Veterans, and Lawyer Passport for Basic Immigration Law. For more information about ABA YLD, go to For more information about TYLA, go to

Winners of the 2020 Texas Gavel Awards announced

Investigations that examined intellectual disability and the death penalty in Texas and why so many sexual assault cases in one of the state’s largest counties went unpunished are among the winners of the 2020 Texas Gavel Awards. Journalists representing the Texas Tribune, Austin American-Statesman, and Austin’s NPR station KUT 90.5 were selected as winners of the 2020 awards. The Texas Gavel Awards, hosted by the State Bar of Texas Public Affairs Committee, honor journalism that deepens public understanding of the legal system. An independent panel of out-of-state journalists, editors, and journalism professors judged the entries. The winners are listed by award category: Online-only: In a rare tie, the Texas Gavel Awards judges selected entries by co-workers Jolie McCullough and Emma Platoff, both of the Texas Tribune, as winners of this category. Broadcast—Major-Metro: Nadia Hamdan, of KUT 90.5, wins for “The Provability Gap,” a four-part broadcast that explores why in a year in which Austin had the highest number of reported rapes among large cities in Texas, only one person was convicted of the crime. Print—Major-Metro: Tony Plohetski, of the Austin American-Statesman, wins for his work reporting the story of a Williamson County man’s wrongful conviction for sexual assault of a child. The State Bar of Texas features winner bios and links to the stories at The State Bar will join the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas in a virtual awards program in October to honor the winners and their work.

Houston legal community forms evictions assistance coalition

A coalition was formed to help greater Houston area residents who need legal assistance regarding evictions after the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act’s eviction protection expired on July 24. The Houston Bar Association, Houston Volunteer Lawyers, Houston Lawyer Referral Service, Dispute Resolution Center, Lone Star Legal Aid, South Texas College of Law Houston, the Earl Carl Institute for Legal and Social Policy at Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law, and the University of Houston Law Center have formed the eviction assistance coalition.

State Bar of Texas Appellate Section recognizes law students

In spring 2020, the State Bar of Texas Appellate Section recognized a graduating law student at each of Texas’ 10 law schools who has shown excellence and career promise in appellate advocacy with the Excellence in Appellate Advocacy Award. The winners were Haley Mowdy Owen, Baylor Law School; Roslyn Dubberstein, SMU Dedman School of Law; Gabriel Rincón, South Texas College of Law Houston; Natsumi Covey, St. Mary’s University School of Law; Ian Klein, Texas A&M University School of Law; Brooke Bohlen, Texas Tech School of Law; KaieEssence Bodden, Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law; Rebecca Sonne, University of Houston Law Center; Kamran Anwar, UNT Dallas College of Law; and Amber Magee, University of Texas School of Law.

Daniel K. Worthington named Texas Bar Foundation nominating chair

Daniel K. Worthington, of Ramón Worthington in Edinburg, is now the nominating chair for the Texas Bar Foundation’s District 12. In this role, he will help identify nominees to join as fellows. “The Texas Bar Foundation represents what we as attorneys who are privileged to practice in Texas should all be doing,” Worthington said in a press release. “I look forward to another year of helping this tremendous organization continue to serve our [s]tate.” Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation are members of the State Bar of Texas, representing the top one-third of one percent of Texas attorneys. Upon selection, they must be elected by the board of trustees. Since the foundation’s inception in 1965, membership has grown from 255 charter members to more than 10,000 fellows across the state. As part of its mission to use financial contributions of its membership to enhance the rule of law and justice systems in Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation has contributed more than $21 million to nonprofits. More than $1 million is projected to be distributed for grants this fiscal year. For more information, go to TBJ


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