TEXAS ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION RALLIES FOR SUPPORT The statewide Justice for All Campaign funds legal aid organizations that work tirelessly to preserve the rule of law and fairness of our justice system. Each year, lawyers are asked to contribute $150 to the Access to Justice Commission on their dues statement, but last year, less than 8 percent of lawyers donated. Without help, neighbors often lose their homes, the medical care they need, the wages they worked hard to earn, and, occasionally, their lives. The need is great: 5.8 million Texans qualify for legal aid but only one in five gets assistance. In addition to donating, there are two ways to show support this month: a two-week competition for donations among law firms from April 11 to April 22 and Justice for All Jeans Day on April 15. For more information, contact Catherine Galloway at (512) 427-1892 or firstname.lastname@example.org AVAILABILITY OF GRANT FUNDS ANNOUNCED The Legal Services Corporation announced the availability of grant funds to provide civil legal services to eligible clients in 2017. Applicants must file a notice of intent to compete form through the online application system to participate in the grant process. A request for proposal and additional information will be available the week of April 11 at grants.lsc.gov/grants-grantee-resources. Information regarding filing dates and submission requirements can also be found on the website. For questions regarding the process, contact email@example.com. SMU Dedman School of Law honors alumni Five notable professionals received Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law’s Distinguished Alumni Awards at a gala on February 4 at the historic Belo Mansion in Dallas. The Award for Corporate Service was given to Jim Baldwin (Class of 1986), executive vice president and general counsel of Dr Pepper Snapple Group in Plano. The Emerging Leader Award was presented to A. Shonn Evans Brown (Class of 1998), a partner in Lynn Pinker Cox Hurst in Dallas. The Award for Public Service was given to Cece Cox (Class of 2004), CEO of Resource Center in Dallas. The Award for Private Practice was presented to Windle Turley (Class of 1965), the founder of the Turley Law Firm in Dallas. The Honorary Alumna Award was given to Catharina Haynes, judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in Dallas. Nominations welcomed for Pope Professionalism Award The Texas Center for Legal Ethics is accepting nominations for the 8th annual Chief Justice Jack Pope Professionalism Award, which is presented to an appellate lawyer or appellate judge with the highest level of integrity. The award honors Pope, who was a founder of the center and the recipient of its inaugural award in 2009. It is presented at the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society John Hemphill Dinner in September 2016. Active and retired lawyers and judges are eligible. The deadline is May 1. Submit a one-page explanation of the nominee’s qualifications as well as a bio or CV via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, via fax to (512) 427-4125, or via mail to Texas Center for Legal Ethics, 1414 Colorado, 4th Fl., Austin 78701. Attorneys and paralegals celebrate board certifications More than 200 attorneys and 20 paralegals were recognized at the Texas Board of Legal Specialization’s induction ceremony on March 10 at the Erwin Center in Austin. The event marked the addition of construction law as a new specialty area and the farewell to Executive Director Gary McNeil, who retired after more than 30 years of service. For a list of inductees, go to blog.texasbar.com/2016/03/articles/people/tbls. NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS Send your funny essays, deposition and trial excerpts, cartoons, jokes, and ideas to email@example.com.
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