TEXAS LEADERS GATHER AT 2013 ABA MEETING Several Texas lawyers and judges took part in the 2013 American Bar Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco Aug. 8-13. Then Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson and U.S. District Judge Royal Furgeson discussed open and public adjudication, Dallas attorney Rhonda Hunter shared tips on successful diversity initiatives, and Dallas lawyer Talmage Boston moderated a panel titled, “The Law as a Platform for Writing.” The conference also celebrated the accomplishments of several organizations, including the Dallas Bar Association, which received the American Bar Association Partnership Award for its successful Diversity Summit, and the Texas Young Lawyers Association, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Austin Young Lawyers Association, and Houston Young Lawyers Association, which all received numerous ABA Young Lawyers Division Awards of Achievement. Texas teachers Michael Anne Pettiette (Ben Milam Elementary School in Dallas) and Patience LeBlanc (Vanderventer Middle School in Frisco) were recognized with Teacher of the Year awards from the American Lawyers Alliance. Above top, from left: Dallas Bar Association President Sally Crawford, Chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services Alice Bruno, and Dallas Bar Association Past President Rhonda Hunter. Above bottom, from left: American Bar Association President-elect William Hubbard; authors David Stewart, Marcia Clark, and Sheldon Siegel; and Dallas attorney Talmage Boston. LeadershipSBOT Participants Come Together for First Meeting The 2013-2014 LeadershipSBOT class met for their first seminar Sept. 12-14 in Austin. Participants engaged in corporate coaching opportunities, learned about the variety of resources and programs offered by the State Bar of Texas and Texas Young Lawyers Association, and were challenged to develop their leadership potential. The program, which began in 2008, is designed to encourage and increase diverse leadership participation within the State Bar and local communities. For more information, go to texasbar.com/leadershipsbot. Above, first row from left: State Bar of Texas President Lisa M. Tatum, Isaiah Jackson, Mandeep Chatha, Christopher Johnsen, Adam Falco, Victoria Neave, and Texas Young Lawyers Association President Kristy Blanchard. Second row from left: Afton Sands-Puryear, Sakina Rasheed, Melissa Kates, Elizabeth Hill, Donald Delgado, and Alexis Foster. Third row from left: Marissa Giovenco, Chris Kang, Aaron Rigby, and Marcos Rosales. Fourth row from left: Kimberly Clark, James Tawney, Ben Whitehill, Steven Hallbauer, and Keshia Rodriguez. District Clerk to Lead Preservation Efforts Travis County District Clerk Amalia Rodriguez- Mendoza accepted a grant from the Texas Bar Historical Foundation on Aug. 13, 2013. The funds will be used to preserve the District Court Civil Minutes: Volume B, the second oldest in the county. Volume B accounts for court records from the fall term of 1848 to the fall term of 1849, a time when the State of Texas was asserting itself into the framework of the United States after nearly a decade as an independent republic. This unassuming volume records many significant cases relating to the growth of Texas and its historical figures, such as Sam Houston, the first president of the Republic of Texas. Once preserved, the records will be publicly accessible and stored in a climatecontrolled environment in the Travis County Heman Marion Sweatt Courthouse. State Bar Honors Long-Serving Ethics Committee Chairman The State Bar of Texas honored Dallas attorney W. John Glancy on Sept. 9 for his decades of service on the State Bar of Texas Professional Ethics Committee. Glancy, who was first appointed to the committee in 1982 and became chair in 1999, recently stepped down as chair but will remain on the committee. During his chairmanship, the committee published more than 100 ethics opinions. Above: Glancy (right) with committee Chair Mark N. Osborn and State Bar of Texas Executive Director Michelle Hunter. Family Law Section Presents 2013 Dan Price Award The State Bar of Texas Family Law Section presented Fort Worth attorney Chris Nickelson with the 2013 Dan Price Award, the group’s highest honor, during the 39th Annual Advanced Family Law Seminar. Recipients of the award exhibit devotion to their profession and to their community. The award is named in honor of Dan R. Price, who practiced family law in Austin and remained dedicated to continuing legal education until his death in 1994. Nickelson (above) practices family law with his father, Gary L. Nickelson, who is also a recipient of the Dan Price Award. Tatum, Law Students Honored by Mexican- American Bar Award During its Aug. 22 Scholarship Luncheon, the Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas Foundation (MABATX Foundation) recognized several leaders for their efforts to advance the position of Hispanic members in the Houston community. State Bar of Texas President Lisa M. Tatum was one of the recipients and was selected for her commitment to diversity within the legal profession. The luncheon also included a scholarship award program for select students from the three Houston-area law schools.
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