If you have a listing for Laurels, please fill out our online form at www.texasbar.com/tbj. TEX-ABOTA, the Texas chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates, named the following judges and attorney as 2012 Annual Award recipients: Justice Sue Walker, of the Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth, and Chief U.S. District Judge Fred Biery, of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio, were each named as a Jurist of the Year; and Robin C. Gibbs, a partner in Gibbs & Bruns, L.L.P. in Houston, was elected Trial Lawyer of the Year. Charles M. McDonald of Waco was inducted into the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Hall of Fame. Mark R. Maltsberger, founder of the Law Office of Mark R. Maltsberger, P.L.L.C. in Bryan, was admitted to the Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas. Gilberto Hinojosa, of the Law Office of Gilberto Hinojosa & Associates, P.C. in Brownsville, was elected chair of the Texas Democratic Party. State Bar Director Sara E. Dysart of San Antonio received the Ralph A. Mock Memorial Award for her contributions and support of the State Bar Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program (TLAP). The award is the highest honor given by Texas Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, which is associated with TLAP. Al Ellis, of counsel to Sommerman & Quesada, L.L.P., received the 2012 Legacy Award from the Dallas Minority Attorney Program for outstanding service to attorneys of color. John G. Browning, a partner in Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith, L.L.P. in Dallas; Greta Cowart, a partner in Haynes and Boone, L.L.P. in Dallas; Richard O. Faulk and John S. Gray, both partners in the Houston office of Gardere, Wynne, Sewell, L.L.P.; and Glenn D. West, managing partner in Weil, Gotshal & Manges, L.L.P.’s Dallas office, and Natalie A. Smeltzer, a Dallas associate of the firm, each received a 2012 Burton Award for Distinguished Achievement in Legal Writing. The award, run in association with the Library of Congress, honors up to 35 writers across the nation for an article published within the past year. Todd Spake, Len Wade, and Scott Wiehle, all partners in the Fort Worth office of Kelly, Hart & Hallman, L.L.P., were elected to membership as Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation. Melanie Bragg, of Bragg Law in Houston, was elected to a four-year term on the American Bar Association General Practice, Solo, Small Firm Division’s Council. Richard A. Bonner, a partner in Kemp Smith, L.L.P. in El Paso, has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Gilbert I. “Buddy” Low, a senior partner in Orgain, Bell & Tucker, L.L.P. in Beaumont, was given the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of Texas Law Alumni Association. Nina Cortell, a partner in Haynes and Boone, L.L.P. in Dallas, was named by the association as the recipient of its Distinguished Alumnus Award for Community Service. Michael G. Terry, a partner in Hartline, Dacus, Barger, Dreyer, L.L.P. in Corpus Christi, was elected to membership as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Texas-licensed Sharon N. Humble, managing partner in the Philadelphia, Pa., office of Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson, L.L.P., was elected president of Commercial Real Estate Women — Philadelphia Chapter. The Tulane University School of Law honored Texas-licensed Edward F. Sherman, a professor and former dean at the law school, by naming a multimedia room at the school the Dean Sherman Law & Literature Room. The Texas Access to Justice Commission and Texas Access to Justice Foundation honored Texas Sen. José Rodríguez of El Paso with the Texas Access to Justice Legislative Hero Award for his contributions to improving access to justice in Texas.
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