AUSTIN LAWYERS UNVEIL THEIR CREATIVE SIDES Local attorneys let down their guards July 28 at the Highball in Austin to show the world that there is more to them than their JDs. Created and presented by the Austin Asian American Bar Association, this year’s Attorney sin the Arts featured singing, dancing, traditional Indian drumming, and magic—just to name a few of the acts performed to a packed room of attendees. The event, which was founded by AAABA Community Outreach Chair Christine Hoang three years ago, highlights lawyers with creative passions, and proceeds benefited the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which funds research on childhood cancers. DALLAS WOMEN LAWYERS HONOR NORTHERN DISTRICT CHIEF JUDGE During a June 28 reception at the Belo Mansion, the Dallas Women Lawyers Association celebrated Hon. Barbara M.G. Lynn, who was recently the first woman to be appointed as chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. PANEL URGES LAW PROFESSION TO ADDRESS MENTAL HEALTH, SUBSTANCE ABUSE ISSUES A groundbreaking 2016 study that found high rates of substance abuse and mental health problems among licensed attorneys is a call to action for the profession to tackle the stigma that prevents people from seeking help. That was the message from panelists at a session during the National Conference of Bar Presidents annual meeting August 5 in San Francisco. The study, by the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, is raising awareness of the problems facing the profession and the resources available to help. Call the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program at (800) 343-8527. TLAP wins statewide suicide prevention award The Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program of the State Bar of Texas received the Leadership Award at the Texas Suicide Prevention Council’s annual symposium August 4 in San Marcos. The honor was bestowed on TLAP staff attorney Chris Ritter by the TSPC, a coalition of various community-based organizations, state and local agencies, and academic institutions that aims to reduce suicides, which are the third-leading cause of death for attorneys. “TLAP has been working very hard this year to get information out across the state about suicide prevention,” Ritter said. “No one does more in Texas to address this problem than the Texas Suicide Prevention Council, so it is a great honor for TLAP to receive this award.” For more information on suicide prevention, go to texasbar.com/tlap. Austin Bar Foundation, LGBT Bar award scholarships The Austin Bar Foundation and Austin LGBT Bar Association awarded scholarships to two law students who have shown a commitment to the LGBT community and LGBT legal issues. Anya Morgan, a third-year student at the University of Texas School of Law, and Luis A. Medina Jr., a 2016 graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law, both received $5,000. To raise money for additional scholarships, the Austin LGBT Bar Association will host its second annual Sculpting the Future reception at 7 p.m. October 13 at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum in Austin. For more information, go to austinlgbtbar.org. Hays County Bench Bar Conference in October The sixth annual Hays County Bench Bar Conference is slated for October 25 at Camp Lucy in Dripping Springs. The event will feature county court judges, state appellate judges, and other speakers and will include networking opportunities, six hours of continuing legal education, and 2.5 ethics credits. To register or sign up for a sponsorship, go to www.haysbar.com/Bench-Bar.html or contact Jennifer Caldwell at (512) 477-4707 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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