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. The Ector County Young Lawyers Association was named the 2014 Volunteer of the Year by Harmony Home Children’s Advocacy Center in Odessa. R. Byrn “Byrnie” Bass Jr., of R Byrn (Byrnie) Bass Jr., Attorney at Law in Lubbock, was named the 2014 campaign chair for the Lubbock Area United Way. Jim Skinner, of counsel to Pezzulli Barnes in Dallas, was named to the North Texas Crime Commission Board of Directors. Larry Harrison, of the Harrison Law Firm in Sugar Land, received the Fort Bend Lawyers Care 2014 Suzanne Bartholomew Service Award. Pike Powers, business adviser to Reed & Scardino in Austin, was inducted into the Austin Technology Council Hall of Fame. Dan Boulware, partner in MacLean & Boulware in Cleburne, was named vice chair of the Texas Wesleyan University Board of Trustees. Carmen M. Roe, of the Law Office of Carmen M. Roe in Houston, was named president of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association. Fred D. Raschke, managing partner in Mills Shirley in Galveston, was named vice president of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys. Barbara Van Duyne, attorney at Raggio & Raggio in Dallas, received the 2014 Louise Raggio Women’s Legal Advocate Award from Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas. Robert D. Allen, of the Law Offices of Robert D. Allen in Dallas, was named a fellow of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel. Carl Reynolds, senior legal and policy adviser to the Council of State Governments Justice Center in Austin, delivered the latest lecture in the National Judicial College’s Jackson Lecture Series in Reno, Nevada. Dan B. Gerson, owner of Dan B. Gerson in Houston, was named Lawyer of the Year by the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association. Jett Allan Smith, assistant district attorney for Bexar County, was inducted into the Mineral Wells High School Hall of Honor as Distinguished Alumnus. Casey Burgess, senior assistant city attorney in Dallas, was elected mayor of the city of Wilmer. Wendy Adele Humphrey, a professor at Texas Tech University School of Law, received the Spencer A. Wells Faculty Award for Creativity in Teaching from the Texas Tech Parents Association. Dirk Jordan, of the Jordan Law Firm in Austin, was named to the American Inns of Court Board of Trustees. J. Alexander Johnson, of James A. Johnson in Southfield, Michigan, participated in the Practising Law Institute’s Trial by Jury 2013 in New York City. His article, “Persuasion In Opening Statement—Generating Interest in a Convincing Matter,” was published in the course handbook. Shauna J. Wright, a partner in Kelly Hart & Hallman, received the 2014 Pro Bono Coordinator Award from the State Bar of Texas Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee. Tresi Moore Weeks, founder of the Weeks Law Firm in Plano, was named to the Disability Rights Texas Board of Directors.
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