Lawyers celebrate board certification Applause was in the air as the Texas Board of Legal Specialization recognized 209 attorneys and 34 paralegals for becoming certified in their respective specialty areas during an induction ceremony on Feb. 20 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin. To earn the distinction, applicants passed a comprehensive exam and met additional requirements including completion of CLE courses and reference checks. Texas Supreme Court Justice Phil Johnson administered the oath to inductees and Buck Files, 2012-2013 president of the State Bar of Texas who has been certified in criminal law since 1975, addressed the crowd. TBLS also recognized David Schulman, certified in criminal law since 1991 and criminal appellate law since 2011, with the Tom Garner Distinguished Service Award. TBLS was established by the State Bar of Texas and operates under the continuing jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of Texas. It offers certification in 21 areas for lawyers and seven areas for paralegals. For more information, go to tbls.org. Runway for Justice supports resource fair On March 5, members of the Austin Young Lawyers Association modeled casual, business, and evening looks for a crowd of around 125 during Runway for Justice at Mercury Hall. In total, $5,500 was raised during the inaugural event, with funds supporting the AYLA Foundation and the Women’s Resource Fair, an annual program that provides free legal advice, medical care, food, clothing, job assistance, and more to hundreds of low-income women in the Austin community. For more information, go to ayla.org. Above, from left: Lisa Newman, student at the University of Texas School of Law; Jo Ann Merica, special counsel to McGinnis Lochridge; and Michelle Cheng, partner in Whitehurst, Harkness, Brees, Cheng, Alsaffar, & Higginbotham. LGBT bar association launches in San Antonio The San Antonio LGBT Bar Association held its inaugural meeting on Feb. 7. The group will work to promote education on LGBT law issues; study and report on laws, decisions, and governmental regulations and how they affect the rights and responsibilities of LGBT persons; provide a common forum; raise the profile and acceptance of LGBT people in the legal community; and serve as examples for professionalism. “There is an incredible need to offer CLE education in the many legal issues and client needs of LGBT persons in Texas,” said Gary Schumann, head of the membership committee of the State Bar of Texas LGBT Law Section. “It is a very exciting time to be involved with this type of organization.” For more information on the San Antonio LGBT Bar Association, to go lgbtlawtx.com.
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