Award Recognizes Service to Indigent Criminal Defense State Bar President Buck Files presented the inaugural Michael K. Moore Award for Excellence in Research or Writing in the Area of Indigent Criminal Defense to the award’s namesake, Dr. Michael K. Moore, on July 23 at the Advanced Criminal Law Course in San Antonio. Established by the State Bar Legal Services to the Poor in Criminal Matters Committee, the award recognized Moore, the dean of Undergraduate Studies and a senior vice provost at the University of Texas at Arlington, for his nearly 15 years of service as a public member of the committee. In addition, Files was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the State Bar Criminal Justice Section. VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT GROWS Since the State Bar of Texas and the Texas Court Reporters Association (TCRA) joined forces last year to begin collecting the oral histories of Texas lawyers and other veterans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces, more than 150 interviews have been conducted. The effort is part of the Library of Congress Veterans History Project. Bob Patrick, the project director at the Library of Congress, spoke at the TCRA Annual Convention in June and commended TCRA and State Bar members who have participated in the project by conducting interviews or sharing their stories. “Everybody’s story is important,” said Patrick, pictured at left with State Bar President Buck Files, who spoke about Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans and the importance of the Veterans History Project. A Vietnam veteran, Files has arranged to be interviewed by a Tyler court reporter. For more information, visit loc.gov/vets or contact TCRA Veterans History Project Liaison Stephanie Moses at (214) 653-7178. TEXAS GAVEL AWARD WINNERS The State Bar of Texas Public Affairs Committee presented the 2012 Texas Gavel Awards to honor journalistic excellence in legal reporting. The awards were presented as part of a joint luncheon with the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas. The honorees were Jordan Smith of The Austin Chronicle; Kevin Krause and Ed Timms of The Dallas Morning News; Jeff Prince of Fort Worth Weekly; Mandy Oaklander, formerly of Houston Press; Andrew Horansky, formerly of KVUE-TV in Austin; and Cindy V. Culp of the Waco Tribune- Herald. Pictured, from left, are Public Affairs Committee Chair Bill Ogden, Timms, Culp, Smith, Prince, Oaklander, and Horanksy. TAJF AWARDS GRANTS TO HELP VETERANS The Texas Access to Justice Foundation has awarded grants to 11 nonprofit organizations to help fund civil legal services for Texas veterans. At this year’s Champions of Justice Gala, the Texas Access to Justice Commission raised more than $413,000 to fund the grants. The organizations receiving grants include Baylor Law School; Cathedral Justice Project of Houston; Community Justice Program of San Antonio; Houston, Jefferson County, and Tarrant County Bar Foundations; Fort Bend Lawyers Care; Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas; Lone Star Legal Aid; Oficina Legal del Pueblo Unido, Inc.; and Texas Legal Services Center. SAVE THE DATE The State Bar of Texas Office of Minority Affairs presents the Texas Minority Counsel Program Oct. 3–5 in Houston. Visit texasbar.com/TMCP for more details.
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