BODA welcomes three new members Justices of the Texas Supreme Court and members of the Board of Disciplinary Appeals honored outgoing and incoming BODA members at a dinner in Austin on Oct. 22. New members, appointed by the court, include Katherine A. Kinser of Dallas, John J. “Mike” McKetta of Austin, and Deborah Pullum of Tyler. They replace JoAl Cannon Sheridan, Kathy J. Owen, and David Chaumette. Above, from left: BODA chair Marvin W. Jones, Texas Supreme Court Justice Debra Lehrmann and Chief Justice Nathan Hecht, and BODA Vice Chair David N. Kitner. Dallas Bar holds symposium for educators The Dallas Bar Association’s annual symposium for educators, which took place Oct. 29 at the Belo Mansion, featured panels on campus security and racial disparities in student discipline. Above, from left: Presenters for the “Advice from Young Lawyers and Law Students” panel, Esmeralda Tinajero, Rami Jabara, Jeff Ghouse, Camille Powell, and Warren Seay Jr. National conference encourages African-American aspiring law students More than 500 attendees at the National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair, held in Houston from Oct. 24 to 25, connected with legal leaders and law school representatives to gain information and encouragement. The free event, now in its 10th year, strives to help increase the number of competitive African-American law school applicants, students, and graduates nationwide. Texas lawyers, legal organization accept ABA awards Three Texas attorneys and a San Antonio legal services organization received 2014 Difference Makers Awards from the American Bar Association during the annual GPSolo National Solo & Small Firm Conference in San Antonio on Oct. 24. The ABA selected State Bar of Texas Immediate Past President Lisa M. Tatum, former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson, Houston immigration lawyer Harry Gee Jr., and the refugee and immigrant legal services organization RAICES for their community involvement, pro bono work, and service to the legal profession. Above: Lisa M. Tatum accepts a 2014 ABA Difference Maker Award. $1.5 million gift to SMU creates endowed professorship Dallas-area businessman Jack Knox donated $1.5 million to his alma mater Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, establishing the Jack Knox Chair in the Rights and Protection of Children. Maslanka films YouTube series at Law Center Dallas lawyer Mike Maslanka was at the Texas Law Center on Oct. 16 to film new clips for the State Bar’s YouTube video series Mike Maslanka @ Your Desk. Maslanka, an attorney with Constangy Brooks & Smith, writes and performs his own scripts, which are short yet eloquent “observations on life and the law.” New episodes are posted on Texas Bar TV’s YouTube channel at: youtube.com/user/statebaroftexas. Above: Mike Maslanka filming clips for his YouTube video series at the Texas Law Center’s production studio. TBJ
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