BAYLOR LAW CELEBRATES VETERANS State Bar of Texas and Baylor Law School leaders honored veterans at a luncheon November 11, where Dean Brad Toben introduced State Bar President Frank Stevenson and past State Bar President Richard Pena, who each gave remarks. Stevenson spoke about Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans and the State Bar’s new initiative, the Texas Opportunity & Justice Incubator, and Pena discussed his book Last Plane Out of Saigon, which is a reproduction of the journal he kept in the operating room of Vietnam’s largest military hospital during the final year of the war. Baylor Law School also hosted a free legal clinic for veterans and their families. State Bar President Frank Stevenson (left) and Baylor Law School Dean Brad Toben at the Veterans Day luncheon. DALLAS BAR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RETIRES Outgoing Dallas Bar Association Executive Director Cathy Maher (right) accepts a resolution from State Bar President Frank Stevenson and Executive Director Michelle Hunter during Maher’s retirement party October 29 at the Belo Mansion in Dallas. Maher retired from the association on December 31 after 38 years. HOUSTON LAWYERS RAISE MONEY FOR PRO BONO The Houston legal community raised more than $725,000 for pro bono on November 14 at the 67th Harvest Celebration, which supported Houston Volunteer Lawyers, a project that provides free legal services for veterans, the elderly, those with disabilities, and other low-income individuals in the community. The annual celebration, which was designated as a fundraiser 17 years ago, has raised more than $6.75 million for pro bono efforts in Harris County. From left: HBA President Neil D. Kelly, Houston Bar Foundation Chair and Harvest Celebration Co-Chair Denise Scofield, and Harvest Celebration Co-Chair Warren W. Harris. TLAP director to lead national task force Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program Director Bree Buchanan has been named co-chair of the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs Task Force on Lawyer Wellness, a joint effort between the commission, the National Organization of Bar Counsel, the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, and others, to address the findings of the recent ABA and Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation study that showed attorneys experience substance abuse and mental health issues more than any other profession and the general population. “I am both humbled and excited about the opportunity to work with such esteemed colleagues across the country,” Buchanan said. “Our hope is to bring forth recommendations from the study that set off a cultural shift in how the legal profession addresses the health and well-being of its members.” Learn more about the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program at texasbar.com/tlap and the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs at americanbar.org/colap. Perkins Coie donates $30K to DVAP The Dallas office of Perkins Coie donated $30,000 to the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program to help support the organization’s pro bono efforts. The contribution to the joint initiative of the Dallas Bar Association and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas is comprised of attorneys’ fees the firm recovered in pro bono cases. Nominations sought for awards Two State Bar committees—Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters and Legal Services to the Poor in Criminal Matters—are seeking nominations of deserving individuals, groups, and entities that perform exceptional work in the field of legal services to the poor. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. on February 24. Recipients of the Pro Bono Excellence Awards and the Indigent Defense Awards will be notified in May. Award nomination forms are available at www.texasbar.com/probonoawards. For more information about these awards, contact the Legal Access Division at email@example.com or (800) 204-2222, ext. 1855.
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