BODA 20th Anniversary Celebration Three outgoing members of the Texas Board of Disciplinary Appeals were honored during BODA’s 20th Anniversary Dinner in Austin on Oct. 22. The board members include: Alice A. Brown, who was appointed to BODA in 2006 and is coordinator for Downstream Environmental Litigation for Exxon Mobil Corp. in Houston; Ben Selman, a shareholder in Naman, Howell, Smith & Lee, P.L.L.C., in Waco. He was appointed to BODA in 1995, serving as chair and vice chair, and then reappointed to the Board in 2006 after serving three years on the State Bar Commission for Lawyer Discipline; and Charles L. Smith, of counsel to Jackson Walker, L.L.P., in San Antonio, who was appointed to the board in 2006. BODA also honored Retired Texas Supreme Court Justice Dale Wainwright for his service as a liaison to the board. Pictured from left: Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson, Alice Brown, Charlie Smith, and Retired Texas Supreme Court Justice Dale Wainwright. COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC SERVICE The Eastern District of Texas Bar Association honored State Bar President Buck Files with the 2012 John Hannah, Jr. Award for Public Service. The award recognizes a Texas attorney admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, who has demonstrated a superior commitment to public service and whose actions have contributed significantly to raising the public profile and image of the legal profession in the Eastern District of Texas. It is the only award presented by the Eastern District of Texas Bar Association. The Hon. Judith Guthrie, John Hannah’s widow and a longtime friend of Files, presented the award. Pictured from left are: Claude Welch, Judith Guthrie, and Buck Files. GOOD APPLE AWARD Texas Appleseed presented the 2012 J. Chrys Dougherty Good Apple Award to Jim Sales of Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P., for his lifelong commitment to improving access to justice for underserved Texans. Sales, a State Bar of Texas past president and chair emeritus of the Texas Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission, initiated the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program, which is now one of the largest pro bono programs in the state. Pictured from left are: Carla Jean Johnson, Jim Sales, and Texas Supreme Court Justice Phil Johnson. COMMUNICATIONS EFFORTS RECOGNIZED The Austin Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas were honored in October at the 2012 National Association of Bar Executives Communications Section Workshop in Denver. The Austin Bar Association received a Luminary Award for its public relations efforts during the 2011 Central Texas wildfires. Kelley Jones King, deputy executive director of the State Bar, received the E.A. “Wally” Richter Leadership Award, the section’s highest honor, recognizing outstanding achievement and leadership in communications. The State Bar of Texas received a Luminary Award for its work promoting, Oyez, Oyez, Oh Yay! Civics Resources for Texas Students and Teachers. Pictured from left are: State Bar Past President Terry Tottenham, Kelley Jones King, and the Austin Bar’s Katherine Hinson and Julie Gau.
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