TEXAS SUPREME COURT HONORS BODA MEMBERS Justices of the Texas Supreme Court and members of the Board of Disciplinary Appeals recognized outgoing and new BODA members at a reception on October 12 in Austin. New members, appointed by the court, include David M. González of Austin, Wendy Adele Humphrey of Lubbock, and Mike Mills of McAllen. They replace Jack R. Crews of Temple, Gary R. Gurwitz of McAllen, and Marvin W. Jones of Amarillo. Above, from left: BODA Chair David N. Kitner, Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht, Justice Debra Lehrmann, and BODA Vice Chair Ramon L. Echevarria II. Michael K. Hurst accepted the Louise B. Raggio Award from the Dallas Women Lawyers Association during its annual awards ceremony on October 15. It is the first time in the organization’s 47-year history that a male lawyer has received the honor. Above, from left: Alison Ashmore, DWLA vice president; Angela Zambrano, DWLA president-elect; Chief Judge Brenda Rhoades, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Texas; Rhonda Hunter, Outstanding Female Partner—Medium Firm; Tiffanie Limbrick, Rising Raggio Award; Michael K. Hurst; Diana Bearden, Outstanding Female Partner—Large Firm; Karen McCloud, Outstanding Female Partner—Small Firm; and Nicole Knox, DWLA president. Open enrollment for insurance exchange continues Representatives from the Texas Bar Private Insurance Exchange and the State Bar of Texas met with attorneys in Austin, Dallas, and Houston in November to help guide them through the 2016 health insurance open enrollment period, which will continue through January 31, 2016. To obtain coverage with a January 1, 2016, start date, you must apply by December 15, 2015. Launched by the bar in 2013, the Texas Bar Private Insurance Exchange is an online marketplace where State Bar members, their staffs, and their dependents can compare and purchase individual and employer group products. The exchange provides year-round concierge-level support from licensed benefit counselors. To learn more, go to texasbar.memberbenefits.com. ABA launches guide for appointing counsel in civil cases Texas judges who are considering appointing counsel in civil cases can now consult the ABA Directory of Law Governing Appointment of Counsel in State Civil Proceedings. The publication, released by the American Bar Association in 2014 with the assistance of the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel, provides state-by-state guidance on when judges must, can, and cannot appoint counsel in various types of civil cases based on state statutes, court decisions, and court rules. For more information, go to americanbar.org.
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