News From Around The Bar
December 2022


Texas Bar Foundation Awards $849,436 in Grants

The Texas Bar Foundation announced it has awarded 56 grants totaling $849,436 during the fall 2022 grant cycle. This is the largest amount the bar foundation has ever given in one grant cycle. “I am so proud of our foundation for the grants which we approved last week. These grants will help thousands of Texans who are in need of assistance,” Foundation Board of Trustees Chair Alistair Dawson said in a press release. “Their lives will be improved because of the generosity of our fellows which enables us to award these grants. We look forward to seeing the results of these grants from the organizations which we have supported this grant cycle.” The foundation will host a Zoom review of the grant process at 11:30 a.m. CST Thursday, December 8, 2022. Any nonprofit organization interested in the grant program is encouraged to sign up at txbf.org. The next grant deadline is 5 p.m. CST January 15, 2023. For more information and to access the online application and qualifications, go to txbf.org or email Amy Weir, grants manager, at aweir@txbf.org.



Elected officials and former Texas Supreme Court justice receive awards

The Texas Access to Justice Foundation and the Texas Access to Justice Commission honored Texas Sen. Judith Zaffirini, Texas Sen. Joan Huffman, and State Rep. Mary González with the Legislative Hero Award for their dedicated contributions to improving access to justice in Texas at an October 26 luncheon with the Texas Supreme Court that addressed the increasing need to expand access to justice for low-income Texans. Former Supreme Court Justice and Texas Access to Justice Foundation Liaison Eva Guzman was awarded the Kleinman Award for her leadership and contributions to public service in communities throughout Texas. Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht presented the awards. For more information about the foundation, go to teajf.org.



A. Shonn Brown, Clarence B. Brown III,
others honored by Texas Appleseed

Nonprofit Texas Appleseed honored A. Shonn Brown and the late Clarence B. Brown III with the J. Chrys Dougherty Good Apple Award at the 20th annual Good Apple Dinner on November 17. The Pro Bono Leadership Awards were presented to Deloitte Consulting and Enoch Kever. The event honors legal leaders and advocates whose contributions have improved the lives of Texans. The Good Apple Award is the public interest justice center’s highest honor. A. Shonn Brown, a community leader who is passionate about gender and racial equity, is vice president of and deputy general counsel for global litigation to Kimberly-Clark. Clarence B. Brown III was a beloved Dallas legal leader and advocate for advancing racial equity, especially committed to helping Black students succeed. He served on the boards of Community Partners of Dallas, Readers 2 Leaders, St. Philip’s School and Community Center, Parish Episcopal School, and the Dallas chapter of Jack and Jill of America. He was vice president of, general counsel to, and corporate secretary of Kronos Worldwide. For more information about Texas Appleseed and its awards, go to texasappleseed.org.



Dallas Bar Association salutes
excellence in legal reporting

The Dallas Bar Association announced the KXAS-TV/NBC 5 team of Eva Parks, Scott Friedman, and Jose Sanchez as its 2022 Stephen Philbin Award Grand Prize Winner. The team’s entry, “Paper Tag Nation,” examined the extensive impacts of fraudulent Texas license plates and their threat to the public and police. The second-place winner is the Dallas Morning News team of Kevin Krause and Dave Hiott, whose “Reefer Madness: Marijuana Enforcement” series focused on the regulation and enforcement of marijuana laws. The grand-prize winner received $12,000 and the second-place team received $5,000.



Texas RioGrande Legal Aid opening new office in Uvalde with funding from the Texas Access to Justice Foundation

Following the tragedy at Robb Elementary School that increased the community’s need for free civil legal aid services, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, or TRLA, announced the opening of a new civil legal aid office in Uvalde. The new office is funded by the Texas Access to Justice Foundation, which will support and sustain TRLA’s ability to promote access to justice by providing civil legal services in Uvalde and the surrounding rural communities. Due to limited resources, the last time the foundation funded the opening of a new legal aid office was in the late 2000s. For more information about TRLA, go to trla.org.



Board of Law Examiners announces
top scorers on July Texas Bar Exam

Alexander Jablonski, Ryan Miller, Elizabeth Brown, and Mary “Molly” Schultz are the four highest scorers on the July 2022 Texas Bar Exam, the Texas Board of Law Examiners announced. All the top scorers are spring law graduates who took the exam for the first time. According to the Board of Law Examiners, 3,080 examinees took the July Texas Bar exam with an overall pass rate of 66.6%. Jablonski, a May 2022 graduate of Texas A&M University School of Law, is the top scorer on the July bar exam. Miller, an April 2022 graduate of Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School, was the second-highest scorer. In the third spot, the BLE found an exact tie between Brown, a spring graduate of Duke University’s School of Law, and Schultz, a graduate of SMU Dedman School of Law.TBJ

 

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