If you have a listing for Laurels, please fill out our online form at www.texasbar.com/tbj. Richard Munzinger, a senior shareholder in ScottHulse, P.C. in El Paso, was reappointed to a three-year term on the Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee. Scott P. Stolley, a partner in Thompson & Knight, L.L.P. in Dallas, was appointed to a three-year term on the committee. Greg W. Curry, a partner in Thompson & Knight, L.L.P. in Dallas, was named by the Texas Association of Defense Counsel to serve as the 2012 Texas State Representative of DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar, an international organization of defense lawyers and corporate counsel. Steve McConnico, a name partner in Scott, Douglass & McConnico, L.L.P. in Austin, was selected as Baylor Law School’s Lawyer of the Year for 2011. Linda Schoonmaker, a partner in Seyfarth Shaw, L.L.P. in Houston, was selected by the Fort Bend Regional Council on Substance Abuse to receive the Helen Cordes Award for her dedication and pro bono legal expertise to the council. Lewis R. Sifford, president and shareholder in Sifford, Anderson & Co., P.C. in Dallas, received the Mark P. Robinson Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor from the Foundation of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). The award is given in recognition of a lifetime of dedicated service to ABOTA, leadership of the legal profession, and preservation of the right to trial by jury guaranteed by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Harry Tindall, a partner in Tindall & England, P.C. in Houston, was one of two attorneys who received the 2012 American Bar Association’s Problem Solver Award. The award recognizes individuals and organizations that use their legal skills in creative, innovative, and non-traditional ways to solve problems for their clients and within their communities. Tresi Moore Weeks, principal in the Weeks Law Firm, P.L.L.C. in Richardson, was elected vice chair of the PAIMI (Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness) Council of Disability Rights Texas. Texas-licensed Thomas P. Pinansky, senior foreign attorney in Barun Law in Seoul, Korea, was elected to a three-year term as vice chair of the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea and was named co-chair of the Panel of Experts of the Korea-EU Free Trade Agreement. Karen Bartlett, an assistant attorney general with the Office of the Texas Attorney General in Austin; and Bill Blair, Paige Biggs, David Cook, Megan Cooley, Chris Greer, Jared Harrell, Tom Hegi, and Kenneth Stogdill, all of the Fort Worth office of Kelly, Hart & Hallman, L.L.P., were elected to membership as Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation. Ricky A. Raven, a partner in Thompson & Knight, L.L.P. in Houston, was appointed to a six-year term on the State Commission on Judicial Conduct. Austin firm Lloyd, Gosselink, Rochelle & Townsend, P.C. was named one of the 100 best companies to work for in Texas in a survey sponsored by the Texas Association of Business and the Society for Human Resource Management-Texas State Council. John B. Meadows, owner of the Law Offices of John B. Meadows in Austin, was re-elected for his third year as chair of the board of the Former Texas Rangers Foundation. Lisa A. Paulson, an attorney with the Ratliff Law Firm, P.L.L.C. in Austin, was named a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. Thomas M. Braniff, president of Texas Insurance Consulting in Houston, was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Joint Interim Committee to Study Seacoast Territory Insurance. His term will expire at the pleasure of the governor. Ben H. Sheppard, distinguished lecturer at the University of Houston Law Center and director of the school’s A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center, has been elected to the American Law Institute. James A. Creel, an attorney in Brackett & Ellis P.C. in Fort Worth, was named the 2012 Aggie Lawyer of the Year by the Texas Aggie Bar Association. Don Philbin, of Donald R. Philbin, Jr., P.C. in San Antonio, received the Distinguished Service Award for 2011 from the Bexar County Dispute Resolution Center. Ruben Reyes, judge of the 72nd District Court in Lubbock County, was named chair of the Governor’s Criminal Justice Advisory Council by Gov. Rick Perry. His term will expire at the pleasure of the governor. Joel Bennett, an Austin private practitioner, Robb Catalano, judge of Tarrant County Criminal District Court No. 3 in Fort Worth, and Tara George, an assistant district attorney for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office in Houston, were also named to the council.
Published by State Bar of Texas. View All Articles.
This page can be found at http://mydigimag.rrd.com/article/Laurels/1015094/105527/article.html.