TBLS Honors Files and New Inductees At its induction ceremony in February, the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) recognized 269 newly board certified attorneys, including 84 lawyers in the new Criminal Appellate specialty area. Among this first group were several district court judges and Court of Criminal Appeals Judges Lawrence Meyers, Cheryl Johnson, Cathy Cochran, and Elsa Alcala. In addition, 21 newly board certified paralegals were inducted. State Bar President-elect Buck Files received the Tom Garner Distinguished Service Award, which is presented to an outstanding TBLS volunteer in memory of Garner, a longtime TBLS volunteer who epitomized the ideals of service. Pictured (from left), TBLS Executive Director Gary McNeil, Files, and TBLS Board Chair James C. Woo. LEADERSHIP SBOT The members of the fourth class of Leadership SBOT met in South Texas for leadership, diversity, and volunteer training. Class members heard presentations from local judges and a representative of the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR). They also participated in a quiz bowl against local high school students on the U.S. Constitution (the students won). Pictured are class members (from left) Joanne Garcia, Manesh Shah, Amber James, and Anna Sankaran with Texas Young Lawyers Association President Natalie Cobb Koehler (second from right). Nominations are also being accepted for next year’s leadership class. For more information, visit texasbar.com/leadershipletter or to download a nomination form, go to texasbar.com/leadershipform. TAJF HONORS LAREDO LAWYERS AND JUDGES The Texas Access to Justice Foundation honored 12 Laredo attorneys and judges for their pro bono efforts. The Pro Bono Star Awards were awarded to attorneys Jose L. Arce II, Martha Cigarroa de Llano, Richard Gonzalez, Israel Reyna, and Luciano Rodriguez, as well as district judges Elma Teresa Salinas Ender, Oscar J. Hale, Jr., Jose Lopez, and Monica Z. Notzon; county court at law judges Jesus “Chuy” Garza and Alvino “Ben” Morales; and Webb County District Clerk Esther Degollado. The judges were honored for their support of the local Social Justice Night Court program. SAVE THE DATE Texas Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (TLCL), a volunteer organization associated with the State Bar’s Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program (TLAP), is hosting its 23rd annual convention June 1–3, 2012, at the Crowne Plaza Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio. TLCL helps those in the legal profession who are experiencing difficulties because of alcohol or substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. Registration forms can be found at texas bar.com/tlap. Scholarships are available to those who cannot afford the registration fee and hotel cost. For more information, contact TLAP staff members Cameron Vann or Bree Buchanan at (800) 343-8527. LAW DAY 2012 The State Bar invites local bar associations across the state to encourage students in their communities to participate in Law Day 2012. This year’s theme is “no courts, no justice, no freedom.” The State Bar will celebrate Law Day on May 1 at the Texas Law Center in Austin. For more information, visit texasbar.com/localbars.
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