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/submissions. James H. Stilwell, partner in Martin & Stilwell in the Woodlands, is now chairman of the board of directors of Leadership Montgomery County. Amanda Johnston, of counsel to Strike in the Woodlands, and Bret L. Strong, founder and managing shareholder of the Strong Firm in the Woodlands, are now members of the board. Strong also was named a 2014 Hometown Hero during the Woodlands Celebration of Excellence Gala benefiting Interfaith of the Woodlands. Kathleen J. Wu, partner in Andrews Kurth in Dallas; Cece Cox, CEO of Resource Center in Dallas; and Patricia J. Villareal, partner in Jones Day in Dallas; were honored during the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau’s High Tea with High Heels event. Larry Gist, senior criminal district judge of the Jefferson County Drug Impact Court, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Judicial Section of the State Bar of Texas. Michael W. Stockham, partner in the Dallas office of Thompson & Knight, received the inaugural Pro Bono Award of Merit from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in Dallas in recognition of his work on the Pro Bono Civil Panel. Linda Halpern, assistant attorney general and manager of complex litigation in the Office of the Texas Attorney General, was named the 2014 Outstanding Government Lawyer by the Government Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. Kirsten L. Ruehman, an assistant district attorney in Bastrop County, received the Steve Condos Most CLE Hours Award from the College of the State Bar of Texas for earning 257 hours as an initial member in 2013. John G. Browning, administrative partner in the Dallas office of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, received the college’s Jim Bowmer Professionalism Award, and Richard R. Orsinger, partner in the Dallas firm of Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson, received its Franklin Jones Best CLE Article Award. Michele Smith, shareholder in MehaffyWeber in Beaumont, received the 2014 Cris Quinn Community Service Award from the Jefferson County Bar Association. Cynthia Timms, partner in Locke Lord in Dallas, was elected as 2014- 2015 chair of the Appellate Section of the State Bar of Texas. Justin M. Flint, partner in Pursley, McNamara & Flint in Sugar Land, has been selected as a member of the Fort Bend Cares Board of Trustees. Scott D. Marrs, partner in Beirne, Maynard & Parsons in Houston, was selected to join the American Board of Trial Advocates. Joseph F. Canterbury Jr., director and shareholder in Canterbury, Gooch, Surratt, Shapiro, Stein & Gaswirth in Dallas, and Robert L. Meyers III, of counsel to Ford Nassen & Baldwin in Dallas, received a Pioneer Award from the Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. Cynthia Denise Goff Ermatinger, owner of the Law Offices of Cindy Ermatinger in Waxahachie, was appointed judge of the 443rd Judicial District Court in Ellis County by Gov. Rick Perry. Bill Mahomes, managing partner in Mahomes Bolden in Dallas, received the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Lindale Independent School District Alumni Association. Hutcheson Bowers law firm in Austin was selected to join the National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms. Annapoorni “Anna” Sankaran, shareholder in the Houston office of Greenberg Traurig, was appointed a minority director of the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors. Justin Weiner, a Henderson County assistant district attorney, was named Luchille Rochs Volunteer of the Year by the Texas Council of Child Welfare Boards.
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