O’CONNOR SPEAKS ON TEXAS ROOTS, CIVICS EDUCATION AT 18TH ANNUAL HEMPHILL DINNER IN AUSTIN Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor spoke June 14 at the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society 18th Annual John Hemphill Dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin. O’Connor, who was interviewed by Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson, spoke about her El Paso roots, her appointment to the court, and her civics education program, iCivics. A record crowd of 492 Hemphill Dinner attendees included current and past Texas Supreme Court justices, state and federal judges from across Texas, State Bar of Texas Board of Directors Chair Cindy V. Tisdale, and State Bar of Texas President-elect Trey Apffel. O’Connor posed June 14 with all of the women who have served as Texas Supreme Court justices in the modern era. Above, front row from left: Justice Rose Spector, Justice Ruby Kless Sondock, retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Justice Barbara Culver Clack, and Justice Priscilla Owen. Back row from left: Justice Eva Guzman, Justice Deborah Hankinson, Justice Harriet O’Neill, and Justice Debra Lehrmann. Photograph by Mark Matson Photography. ATTORNEY GROUPS HELP BUILD HOME FOR AUSTIN FAMILY Austin legal organizations teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to build a house for a local family through the Legal Build program. The Austin Bar Association and local chapters of the Association of Legal Administrators and the Legal Marketing Association participated in the June 8 event. Above, from left: Oscar Salinas, summer associate at Thompson Coe; James Cornell, executive director at Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody and a member of ALA; Graham Moore (white hat), a volunteer; Chris Kirby, PCT Solutions, program chair of Austin LMA; Jessica Mangrum, a lawyer at Thompson Coe and volunteer coordinator for Austin Bar Legal Build; John Ford (yellow hat), a volunteer; Angela Silverthorne, marketing manager at Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody and chair of Austin LMA; Kerry Henson, litigation assistant at Thompson Coe; Diana Stangl, firm administrator at Walsh, Anderson, Gallegos, Green & Trevino, P.C., and a member of ALA and LMA; and Bill Mange, attorney, William B. Mange Law Office. EDUCATORS STAGE MOCK ORAL ARGUMENTS AT TEXAS SUPREME COURT Current and future civics teachers from across the state got a chance to hold mock oral arguments July 10 at the Texas Supreme Court. About 30 teachers and education students from various Texas universities participated in the arguments as part of the Hatton W. Sumners Student Teacher Institute, an initiative of the Institutes on the Founding Documents. In the past, the training seminar has included a visit with state Supreme Court justices, but this was the first year participants staged mock oral arguments, said Jan Miller, who directs the State Bar of Texas Law-Related Education Department. The program is designed to inspire social studies and government teachers to use hands-on teaching methods rather than just rely on textbooks, Miller said. Supreme Court clerks organized the oral arguments section of the two-day program. The mock case involved a lawsuit over whether an eatery could open inside a shopping mall if another restaurant already held a contract as the mall’s exclusive sandwich shop. Above: Civics teachers portray the Texas Supreme Court in mock oral arguments during the Hatton W. Sumners Student Teacher Institute. State Bar donates surplus computers to legal aid groups The State Bar of Texas donated more than 90 computers to legal aid organizations across the state in May 2013. The State Bar replaced desktop and laptop equipment as part of its capital improvement program and specifically targeted the surplus to help legal aid providers deliver their local programs. The gift of notebooks provided increased mobility to two full-time summer interns and three Clinical Teaching Fellows at South Texas College of Law Civil Practice Clinics. Above, from left: Clinical Teaching Fellows Crystal Le and Alec Lawton and summer intern Jason Brooks. For more details and photos, go to texasbar.com/techdonations. Dallas law firm takes part in 20-hour Walkathon Led by managing partner Darin Klemchuk, the Dallas-based intellectual property law firm Klemchuk Kubasta, L.L.P., took part in the 2013 Carry the Load Dallas 20-hour Walkathon over Memorial Day weekend. The event raised $1.1 million for organizations that serve veterans and active-duty service members, law enforcement officers, firefighters, and their families. Besides raising money, participants wanted to “put memorial back into Memorial Day weekend to raise awareness so people think about those that give their all,” said Klemchuk, who comes from a family tradition of military service and served in the Army National Guard before law school. “That’s what the weekend is about, as opposed to barbecue and beer.”
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