TMCP Awards

Nomination deadline: June 25, 2021


TMCP CORPORATE COUNSEL OF THE YEAR AWARD

The TMCP Corporate Counsel of the Year Award is presented to an in-house attorney judged by the TMCP Committee to have done the most to open doors for Texas minority, women, and LGBTQ+ attorneys by promoting diversity within its department and/or company; by consistently hiring minority, women, and LGBTQ+ attorneys in private practice to perform legal work on behalf of its company; or by engaging in mentorship and volunteerism with the Bar or community to foster diversity in the legal profession.

Past Winners* – TMCP Corporate Counsel of the Year Award
2020 – Vicki Blanton, AT&T, Dallas
2019 – Navin Rao, The Michaels Companies, Inc., Irving
2018 – Chasity Henry, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Dallas
2017 – Lawrence Morgan, Republic Services, Inc., Phoenix, AZ
2016 – Cisselon Nichols, Shell Oil Company, Houston
2015 – Abel Martinez, H.E.B., San Antonio
2014 – John V. Treviño, Jr., Hewlett-Packard Company, Plano
2013 – Michelle Peak, American Airlines, Fort Worth
2012 – Wayne Watts (Ret.), AT&T, Dallas
2011 – Tonya Holt, Sky Chefs, Irving
2010 – Thomas E. Evans, Wal-Mart Stores, Bentonville, AR
2009 – Gary F. Kennedy (Ret.), American Airlines, Fort Worth

*Employers listed above were current the year the award was given.

Eligibility: Must be a Texas resident. License with the State Bar of Texas is not required. Current candidates running for public office are not eligible. Current members of the Texas Minority Counsel Program Steering Committee are not eligible. Former Texas Minority Counsel Program Steering Committee members are eligible only if they are at least three-years removed from participation on the Steering Committee.


TMCP TRAILBLAZER OF THE YEAR AWARD

The TMCP Trailblazer of the Year Award is presented to the nominee judged by the TMCP Committee to have done the most to effectuate the promotion of diversity within the legal profession through hiring, retention and mentoring of minority, women, and LGBTQ+ attorneys, partnering with minority, women, and LGBTQ+ owned law firms, and involvement with Bar and/or community activities designed to promote diversity within the legal profession. This award is designed to honor an attorney who is not in-house. To nominate a deserving corporate counsel, please select the Corporate Counsel of the Year Award category.

Past Winners* – TMCP Trailblazer of the Year Award
2020 – Amy Stewart, Stewart Law Group, Dallas
2019 – Chevazz Brown, Jackson Walker LLP, Houston
2018 – Michael Pegues, Polsinelli PC, Dallas
2017 – Rodney Ellis, Harris County Commissioner, Houston
2016 – Fred Gaona, Gray Reed & McGraw, P.C., Dallas
2015 – Bruce J. Ruzinsky, Jackson Walker L.L.P., Houston
2014 – Benny Agosto Jr., Abraham Watkins Nichols Sorrels Agosto Aziz & Stogner, Houston
2013 – Laura Gibson, Ogden, Gibson, Broocks, Longoria & Hall, LLP, Houston
2012 – Thomas J. Forestier, Winstead PC, Houston
2011 – A. Marty Wickliff, Cozen O'Connor, Houston

*Employers listed above were current the year the award was given.

Eligibility: Must be a licensed Texas attorney in practice 20 years or less. Current candidates running for public office are not eligible. Current members of the Texas Minority Counsel Program Steering Committee are not eligible. Former Texas Minority Counsel Program Steering Committee members are eligible only if they are at least three-years removed from participation on the Steering Committee.


TMCP RISING STAR AWARD

The TMCP Rising Star Award recognizes an attorney who has made strides early in their practice to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within the legal profession through involvement with Bar and/or community activities.

Eligibility: Must be a licensed Texas attorney in practice 7 years or less. Current candidates running for public office are not eligible. Current members of the Texas Minority Counsel Program Steering Committee are not eligible. Former Texas Minority Counsel Program Steering Committee members are eligible only if they are at least three-years removed from participation on the Steering Committee.


TMCP LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The TMCP Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an attorney who has demonstrated extraordinary support and advocacy for the advancement of minorities, women, and LGBTQ+ people in the legal profession over the course of their legal career. This award is based on the significant contributions an individual attorney, has made toward the profession of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Because of the nature of the award, the body of work of achievements and accomplishments should span 20+ years of practice at a minimum. The Lifetime Achievement Award is intended to recognize outstanding leadership by the promotion of diversity and inclusion, and such leadership should not be limited by geography or in scope.

Past Winners* – TMCP Lifetime Achievement Award
2020 – Hon. Sam Lindsay, U.S. District Court, Dallas
2019 – Hon. Carolyn Wright, (Ret.) Chief Justice, Fifth Court of Appeals, Dallas
2018 – Hon. Robert Pitman, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, Austin
2017 – Abel Martinez, HEB Grocery Company, San Antonio
2016 – Linda Bray Chanow, Center for Women in Law, The University of Texas School of Law, Austin
2015 – Vince Ryan, Harris County Attorney, Harris County Attorney's Office, Houston
2014 – Regina Montoya, General Counsel, Children's Medical Center of Dallas, Dallas
2013 – Hon. Wallace B. Jefferson, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Texas, Austin
2012 – Wilson Chu, K&L Gates LLP, Dallas
2011 – Catherine Lamboley, General Counsel, Shell Oil Company, Houston

*Employers listed above were current the year the award was given.

Eligibility: Must be a Texas resident. Active license with the State Bar of Texas is not required. Current candidates running for public office are not eligible. Current members of the Texas Minority Counsel Program Steering Committee are not eligible. Former Texas Minority Counsel Program Steering Committee members are eligible only if they are at least three-years removed from participation on the Steering Committee.


The State Bar Office of Minority Affairs will notify the nominee of their nomination in order to obtain additional information to be reviewed by the TMCP Steering Committee. It is the discretion of the nominee to accept or decline the nomination. The nominee will be asked to complete and return a nomination response form to be considered. Nominees who are nominated in more than one category are eligible to be a finalist or winner in only one category. In the event the Steering Committee selects a nominee as a finalist in more than one award category, the nominee will be asked to select the category in which she or he would like to proceed for final consideration.

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