Tatum accepts education award at national bar meeting State Bar of Texas Immediate Past President Lisa M. Tatum represented the State Bar of Texas in accepting a National Association of Bar Executives LexisNexis Community and Educational Outreach Award for the civics education project I was the First. Vote for Me! during the National Conference of Bar Presidents 2014 Annual Meeting, held Aug. 5-9 in Boston. The project was one of Tatum’s initiatives as president in 2013-2014. During the event, Tatum also joined Missouri Bar Past President Lynn Ann Vogel to present “Creating Energy in Your Bar,” a program highlighting successful bar initiatives from across the country. The presentation spotlighted tips, tactics, and innovative ideas from more than two dozen bar association projects, including Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans, an initiative of 2010-2011 State Bar of Texas President Terry Tottenham. Above, from left: State Bar of Texas Executive Director Michelle Hunter, 2014-2015 State Bar of Texas President-elect Allan DuBois, Tatum, and 2014-2015 State Bar of Texas President Trey Apffel at the National Association of Bar Executives awards ceremony. Ken Burns to speak at foundation fundraiser Emmy Award winner Ken Burns is scheduled to speak during the Dallas Bar Foundation’s annual fundraiser on Oct. 20 at the Belo Mansion in Dallas. Burns will share an excerpt from his most recent documentary, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. Proceeds from the event support the foundation’s Sarah T. Hughes Diversity Scholarship. For ticket information, call (214) 220-7487 or go to dallasbarfoundation.org. Good Apple Dinner set for November Texas Appleseed will recognize several legal leaders during its annual Good Apple Dinner on Nov. 20 in Austin. Former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson will receive the 2014 J. Chrys Dougherty Good Apple Award while George Brothers Kincaid & Horton will receive the 2014 Pro Bono Leadership Award. Vinson & Elkins, the Vernon Law Group, and the State Bar of Texas will also be honored. For more information, go to texasappleseed.net. Board of Disciplinary Appeals holds hearings The Board of Disciplinary Appeals met and held hearings July 24-25, 2014. Board members included: (front row) Gary Gurwitz of McAllen; Marvin Jones, vice chair, of Amarillo; JoAl Cannon Sheridan, chair, of Austin; Kathy Owen of Dallas; Jack Crews of Temple; (back row) Jeanne “Cezy” Collins of El Paso; Bob Black of Beaumont; Roland Johnson of Fort Worth; Ray Echevarria of Houston; David Kitner of Dallas; and George Taylor of San Antonio. Office of Minority Affairs honors diversity and inclusion leaders Three Texas attorneys were recognized at the 2014 Texas Minority Counsel Program on Sept. 5 in Austin. John Treviño, senior attorney of Hewlett-Packard, was named Corporate Counsel of the Year; Regina Montoya, senior vice president of external relations and general counsel at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, received the Lifetime Achievement Award; and Benny Agosto Jr., partner in Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend, was named Trailblazer Outside Counsel of the Year. TMCP was created in 1993 with the mission of matching minority attorneys with corporations and government organizations looking to hire counsel. Above, from left: Treviño, Montoya, and Agosto. Attotneys hone leadership and pro bono skills Sept. 3-5, 2014, approximately 43 attorneys from across the state met at the Texas Law Center in Austin to receive training and share ideas as part of the annual Pro Bono Coordinators Retreat, put on by the Legal Access Division of the State Bar of Texas. The event aimed to give the attendees—who are responsible for coordinating pro bono efforts for their firms, corporate legal departments, legal aid groups, and local bar associations—the interpersonal and leadership skills they need to work effectively and efficiently with clients and volunteers. For more information on volunteering as a pro bono attorney, go to texasbar.com/legalaccessdivision. Law students complete service day project More than 180 1Ls from the University of Houston Law Center teamed up with faculty and staff members on Aug. 16, 2014, to complete a Community Service Day project. Dressed in matching red T-shirts, the group of volunteers sorted boxes of food and packaged 11,860 meals for the Houston Food Bank. They also assisted undocumented immigrants with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals applications.
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