HOUSTON BAR ASSOCIATION HONORED FOR LONGTIME AIDS OUTREACH Since 1996, the Houston Bar Association has worked to provide legal information and services to people with HIV/AIDS and their families and caregivers, as well as to educate lawyers on legal issues related to the virus and disease. In recognition of these efforts, AIDS Foundation Houston presented its Shelby Hodge Vision Award to the HBA’s AIDS Outreach Committee at the World AIDS Day Luncheon on December 1. “We are grateful to receive this recognition ... named after someone who is truly an icon in our community, Shelby Hodge,” said HBA President Laura Gibson. “I am honored to accept this award on behalf of all those in our bar who have worked tirelessly to contribute to the vision we share with AIDS Foundation Houston and other allies: zero new infections, zero related deaths, zero stigma.” Above: Gibson accepts the Shelby Hodge Vision Award from Bill Baldwin of Boulevard Realty (left) and Ernie Manouse of Houston Public Media on behalf of the HBA AIDS Outreach Committee. PRESIDENT-ELECT CANDIDATES APPROVED State Bar of Texas President Allan K. DuBois (center), Michael C. Smith of Marshall (left), and G. Thomas Vick Jr. of Weatherford attended the Texas Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors meeting January 9 in San Antonio. The State Bar Board of Directors voted January 22 to approve the nomination of Smith and Vick as 2016-2017 State Bar president-elect candidates. The TYLA board nominated Baili B. Rhodes of College Station and Alex L. Yarbrough of Amarillo as TYLA president-elect candidates. The elections take place April 1-30. Texas Bar Foundation distributes $500,000 in grants The Texas Bar Foundation recently announced 47 recipients of its fall 2015 grants. As the largest charitably funded bar foundation in the nation, the TBF gives money twice annually to organizations that help educate the public about legal rights and responsibilities, provide legal services to the poor or to victims of crime, and promote ethics and professionalism in the legal profession. Catholic Charities of Central Texas, for example, will use $10,000 to expand its Immigration Legal Services program in the Brazos Valley area, and Big Thought will put $10,000 toward its Creative Solutions intervention program for juvenile offenders. For a complete list of grant recipients and more information on applying for a grant, go to txbf.org. Nominations welcomed for Pro Bono Excellence Awards The State Bar of Texas Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee is seeking recommendations of deserving individuals, groups, and entities that perform exceptional work in the field of civil legal services for the poor. The 2016 Pro Bono Excellence Awards will be presented at the State Bar Annual Meeting in June. Nomination forms—available at texasbar.com/probonoawards—and supporting materials should be sent to the Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee, c/o Legal Access Division, State Bar of Texas, 1414 Colorado, Fourth Fl., Austin 78701 or emailed to email@example.com. The deadline for submitting a nomination is 5 p.m. February 22. For more information, go to texasbar.com/probonoawards or call (800) 204-2222, ext. 1855. Nominations sought for Indigent Defense Awards The State Bar of Texas Legal Services to the Poor in Criminal Matters Committee is seeking nominations for the Indigent Defense Awards, which recognize the contributions of those who improve the quality of criminal legal representation to indigents in Texas. The awards will be presented at the annual Advanced Criminal Law Course in July. Nomination forms—available at texasbar.com/probonoawards—and supporting materials should be sent to the Legal Services to the Poor in Criminal Matters Committee, c/o Legal Access Division, State Bar of Texas, 1414 Colorado, Fourth Fl., Austin 78701 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submitting a nomination is 5 p.m. February 22. For more information, go to texasbar.com/probonoawards or call (800) 204-2222, ext. 1855. Chief Justice Carolyn Wright of the 5th Court of Appeals administers the recently revised lawyers’ oath, which includes a civility pledge, to members of the Dallas Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Above, from left: Richard Sayles, Lawrence Bowman, Grace Weatherly, Justice Wright, Richard Capshaw, Tracy Hamilton Ramos, and John “Trey” Cox III.
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