TEXAS ATTORNEY RECOGNIZED BY ACLEA During a November 17 webcast on cybercrime held at the Texas Law Center, TexasBarCLE Director Pat Nester (left) presented Dallas attorney Peter S. Vogel with a Critical Issues Summit Group Award from the Association for Continuing Legal Education. Vogel, a partner in Gardere Wynne Sewell, served as co-chair of the group and has long contributed to its technology programs. Because Vogel was unable to attend the association’s annual meeting in Chicago, Nester accepted the award on his behalf and then presented it to him in Austin. LAW FIRMS AND COMMUNITY LEADER HONORED BY TEXAS APPLESEED Good Apple Honoree and CEO of H-E-B Charles Butt (center) stands with former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson and Texas Appleseed Executive Director Deborah Fowler at the 2015 Good Apple Dinner on November 19. Butt was the organization’s first non-lawyer Good Apple recipient, partly for his founding of the public education nonprofit Raise Your Hand Texas (raiseyourhandtexas.org). Law firms Baker & McKenzie and DLA Piper also received the organization’s Pro Bono Leadership Award. Judicial polling to take place this month In January 2016, the State Bar of Texas will conduct a judicial poll. The races will include those contested primary races for the Texas Supreme Court, the Court of Criminal Appeals, and the courts of appeals from the various judicial districts throughout the state. The poll will be conducted electronically, and e-ballots will be emailed to all Texas attorneys who are in good standing. Be sure to check your spam filter if you do not receive the email. Attorneys may also vote online by going to texasbar.com. If you prefer a paper ballot, please request one by calling (800) 218-4026 or by sending an email to email@example.com no later than January 29, 2016, to ensure adequate postal delivery time. All ballots must be received by 5 p.m. CST on February 5, 2016. TYLA hosts free CLE on mental health More than 60 attorneys attended a Texas Young Lawyers Association-sponsored CLE on mental wellness and substance abuse on December 3 at the Texas Law Center. Panelists shared personal stories of addiction and depression, discussed the high incidences of these and other health issues among lawyers, and provided information about the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program. The session is available online at tyla.org. The Hatton W. Sumners Foundation Board of Trustees gathered in Austin on November 6 for a meeting and reception. Attendees included grantees and Hatton W. Sumners Scholarship recipients, including Stephen Jon Moss (above left) and Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht. The foundation—as mentioned in its governing documents—encourages the study, teaching, and research of the science and art of self-government and has 14 graduate and undergraduate scholarship programs.
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