We all know lawyers are leaders in their communities. These pages are dedicated to sharing information about activities, accomplishments, and community service projects and accolades lawyers are involved in for the good of the profession and the community. Fill out our online form at www.texasbar.com/tbj or send contributions to Texas Bar Journal, P.O. Box 12487, Austin, TX 78711-2487; or email email@example.com. Mark Shank, a partner in Gruber, Hurst, Johansen, Hail & Shank, L.L.P., was elected chair of the Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity. Ryan E. Ray, of the Ray Law Group in Fort Worth, will serve on the Crowley Independent School District Board of Trustees. Maidie Ryan, director of Compliance & Ethics at BMC Software, Inc., joined the board of the Junior League of Houston. Vianei Lopez Braun, a partner in Buck Keenan, L.L.P. in Houston, was elected to the board of Goodwill Industries of Houston. Goodwill Industries of Houston provides training, education, and employment opportunities to people with disabilities and other barriers to employment and strives to be the premier workforce development resource in greater Houston. Ricky A. Raven, a partner in Thompson & Knight, L.L.P. in Houston, was awarded the 2012 Dr. Marguerite Ross Barnett Alumni Achievement Award by the University of Houston African American Studies Program. The award recognizes civic and social commitment to excellence as an alumnus of the University of Houston. Scott P. Stolley, a partner in Thompson & Knight, L.L.P. in Dallas, was appointed to the board of The Arts Community Alliance. Albert Carrion, a partner in Brown McCarroll, L.L.P. in Austin, was elected vice chair of the Concordia University Texas Board of Regents. Fred D. Raschke, managing partner in Mills Shirley, L.L.P. in Galveston, received an appreciation award from the Galveston County Salvation Army for his support of the organization’s Center of Hope. Raschke also was inducted into the Galveston Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame. The Houston office of Looper, Reed & McGraw, L.L.P. received the Bar Raising Award from the Law Firm Initiative of the United Way of Greater Houston. The firm, which raised more than $34,500, received the award because it had the greatest percentage increase in the campaign over the last year. Matthew P. Harper, a partner in Thompson & Knight, L.L.P. in Dallas, was named to a three-year term on the board of the Greater Dallas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. Robert D. “Bob” Burton, a shareholder in Winstead, P.C. in Austin, was appointed to the Urban Land Institute (ULI)-Austin Urban Development and Mixed-Use Council, whose members focus on improving and enhancing the quality of mixed-use real estate to the benefit of the greater Austin community. The Travis County Women Lawyers’ Foundation’s 21st annual luncheon event, which honors Austin women attorneys who have contributed to their community, raised a record amount of money, allowing the foundation to donate $36,500 to area nonprofits that deliver legal services to women, children, and families. James E. Soto, an attorney with Williams, Kherkher, Hart, Boundas, L.L.P., in Houston, was named chair of the board for the Mexican Institute of Greater Houston, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing computer literacy and technological instruction to Houston’s Hispanic community. Former American Airlines Corporate Secretary Charles Marlett and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, L.L.P. were named recipients of the 2012 Partners for Equality Award by Lambda Legal’s South Central Regional Office. The award recognizes an individual, law firm, and corporation in the Dallas area for their commitment and dedication to Lambda Legal’s mission to achieve equality for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, and people living with HIV. Ben L. Aderholt, a member in Looper, Reed & McGraw, P.C., received the 2012 Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award from the University of Houston- Downtown. Aderholt has taught a commercial law course at the university for more than a decade. David Glickler, deputy division chief of the Office of the Texas Attorney General in Austin, and Shane Attaway, an assistant attorney general with the Office of the Texas Attorney General in Austin, received the 2012 President’s Award from the Texas Nurses Association. Glickler and Attaway were honored for their contribution to defending the patient advocacy role of nurses. Winstead, P.C. awarded 2012 Winstead Juris Doctor Scholarships to Rouzhna Nayeri, a student at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law; Sushant Mohan, a student at the University of Houston Law Center; and Samantha Jarvis, a student at the University of Texas School of Law. The Winstead Juris Doctor Scholarship assists exceptional first-year minority law students at the three schools. In addition to a cash award, each winner is offered a position in Winstead’s Summer Associate Program and a $1,500 grant presented to each winner’s student interest group of choice. Pictured are Winstead chair and CEO Kevin Sullivan with SMU Scholarship recipient Nayeri. The Harris County judiciary, in conjunction with the Houston Bar Association, presented the fourth annual Harris County Bench Bar Pro Bono Awards in April. Pictured, from left, are Bench Bar Pro Bono Committee Co-Chairs, Judge Tad Halbach and HBA Immediate Past President Denise Scofield; Ellyn Josef and Harry Reasoner of Large Firm winner Vinson & Elkins, L.L.P.; John Strasburger of Mid-size Firm winner Weil, Gotshal & Manges, L.L.P.; Susan Sanchez of Corporate winner Exxon Mobil Corporation Law Department; Individual winner Peter J. Bennett; Tanya Garrison of Small Firm winner Weycer, Kaplan, Pulaski & Zuber, L.L.P.; and keynote speaker, James B. Sales.
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