Laurels is a listing of the professional accomplishments by Texas attorneys. If you have a listing for Laurels, please fill out our online form at texasbar.com/tbj. Jerry Young, a director at Coats Rose Law Firm in Houston, has been elected to the national board of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Toby L. Gerber, a partner in Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P., in Dallas, was selected as a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. Mitchell Katine and John Nechman, partners in Katine & Nechman, L.L.P., in Houston, were honored with the 2012 Shelby Hodge Vision Award in recognition of their commitment to improving the lives of men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS. Larry Jones, a partner in Townsend & Jones, L.L.P., in Dallas, was elected as a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel. Vic Houston Henry, a shareholder in Henry Oddo Austin & Fletcher, P.C., in Dallas, was selected chairman of the Conference of Freight Counsel. Marc Stanley, a partner in Stanley Iola, L.L.P., in Dallas, received the Tikkun Olam Award from the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. The award recognizes those who have made the world a better place. Rhonda Hunter, a partner in Farrow- Gillespie & Heath in Dallas, received the Hon. Sam A. Lindsay Professionalism and Ethics Award from the J.L. Turner Legal Association. Kristal Thomson, a partner in Wilson, Pennypacker & Thomson, L.L.P., in San Antonio, has been appointed to serve as parliamentarian of the Special Olympics Texas Board of Directors. Joe Newberry, a partner in Leecraft & Newberry, P.C., in Austin, received board certification in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. David Alders, president of Carrizo Creek Corporation in Nacogdoches and member of the board of directors of the State Bar of Texas, was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Stephen F. Austin State University Board of Regents. The Texas Tech University School of Law Mock Trial Team won its third regional championship in four years at the National Trial Competition in Baton Rouge, La. Texas-licensed Donna L. Courville, an attorney with Boutin Jones Inc. in Sacramento, Calif., was elected to serve as an officer of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation. Joshua Weaver, an attorney with Polsinelli Shughart in Dallas, received board certification in health law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Stephen J. Naylor, an attorney with Law Office of Stephen J. Naylor, P.L.L.C., in Fort Worth, received the Eva Barnes Award from the Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association. The award is presented in recognition of outstanding service, leadership, and uncommon contributions to family law. Ronique Bastine Robinson, senior staff member at Bastine & Associates in Stafford, received certification in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Roger Townsend, a partner in Alexander Dubose & Townsend, L.L.P., in Houston, was named president of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. Aaron Burke, an associate of Hartline Dacus Barger Dreyer, L.L.P., in Dallas, was named the February One to Watch by the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers for excelling in the practice of law and volunteering in the community.
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