Laurels is a selection of exemplary professional accomplishments by Texas attorneys. To submit a listing to be considered for Laurels, please use the online form at texasbar.com/tbj. Scott R. Kidd, principal in the Kidd Law Firm in Austin, was named a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Mary L. Murphy, presiding judge of the First Administrative Judicial Region, William Stephen Boyd, chief legal officer for the Baylor Health Care System and Baylor Scott & White Health in Dallas, and Elizabeth Lang-Miers, justice of the Texas 5th District Court of Appeals, received Distinguished Alumni Awards from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. Carlos Villalon Jr., associate judge of the Child Protection Court of the Rio Grande Valley West, was appointed a member of the Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth, and Families by Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman. Sara E. Dysart, of Sara E. Dysart in San Antonio, received the 2014 Peacemaker Award from the San Antonio Bar Foundation. Richard R. Orsinger, partner in McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing in San Antonio, received the Texas Bar Foundation’s 2014 Dan Rugeley Price Memorial Award. Law firm Jackson Walker received the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s 2014 Sager Award for the South Region. Danny Ramón, associate of Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody in Austin, joined the board of directors for Equality Texas. Sam R. Moseley, of Sam R. Moseley, Attorney in Marshall, received the 2014 Sam B. Hall Jr. Civic Service Award from East Texas Baptist University. Michele Wong Krause, of the Wong Krause Law Firm in Dallas, was named to the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Board of Directors. Daniel Shank, a director at Coats Rose in Houston, was named a director of the CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare. Robin C. Gibbs, partner in Gibbs & Bruns in Houston, received the Texas Appleseed Visionary Society Award for his continued dedication to public interest work that helps protect and aid vulnerable Texans. Barry Barnett, partner in Susman Godfrey in Dallas, was named a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Sofia Adrogué, member in Gray Reed & McGraw in Houston, received a University of Houston Law Center Arrival Award. Wade L. McClure, director at Kane Russell Coleman & Logan in Dallas, was named a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. Forrest Bowers, retired Lubbock attorney, was inducted as a Texas Legal Legend by the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas. S. Jack Balagia Jr., vice president and general counsel to ExxonMobil in Irving, received the James B. Sales Pro Bono Leadership Award from the Houston Bar Foundation. Christopher M. Farish, partner in Quaid Farish in Dallas, was named president of the Legacy Family Court Foundation. Marc Eichenbaum, special assistant to the mayor of Houston for homeless initiatives, Amanda Edwards, associate of Bracewell & Giuliani in Houston, and Maidie Ryan, assistant general counsel and director of compliance to Ascend Performance Materials in Houston, were presented with Ovation Awards from the Houston Grand Opera.
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