TEXAS ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION RALLIES FOR SUPPORT The statewide Justice for All Campaign funds civil legal aid organizations that work to preserve the rule of law and fairness of our justice system. Each year, lawyers are asked to make a $150 Access to Justice contribution on their dues statement. Last year, over 9,300 lawyers donated more than $1.3 million in ATJ contributions. The need is great: 5.3 million Texans qualify for legal aid, but legal aid programs are only able to meet 10 percent of the legal needs because of limited resources. Without help, neighbors often lose their homes, the medical care they need, the wages they worked hard to earn, and, occasionally, their lives. In addition to making an ATJ donation, there are two other ways to show ATJ support this month: a two-week competition for donations among law firms on April 10-21 and Justice for All Jeans Day on April 14. For more information, contact Catherine Galloway at (512) 427-1892 or firstname.lastname@example.org. IMMEDIATE PAST STATE BAR PRESIDENT RECEIVES ST. MARY’S LAW AWARD Immediate Past State Bar of Texas President Allan K. DuBois received the St. Thomas More Award from St. Mary’s University School of Law for his work to bring attention to mental health and substance abuse issues lawyers face. During DuBois’ term as president in 2015-2016, more than $500,000 was donated to the Sheeran-Crowley Memorial Trust, which helps attorneys who can’t afford needed medical treatment for substance abuse, depression, or other mental health issues. “It is truly a recognition of the incredible work of the dedicated Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program staff, tremendous efforts of over 850 volunteer attorneys in Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, and countless generous donors supporting the Sheeran-Crowley Trust, who sustain it financially as a treatment safety net for struggling colleagues in need of our assistance,” DuBois said. Carrollton high school team wins statewide mock trial contest Creekview High School students won the top prize at the Dallas Bar Association’s Texas High School Mock Trial Competition on March 2-4. It was a consecutive win and the team’s fourth championship in the past five years, according to a bar association press release. Skyline High School in Dallas took second place while Lubbock High School in Lubbock and One Day Academy in Austin were each semifinalists. Creekview’s team will represent the state in the 2017 National High School Mock Trial Championship on May 11-13 in Hartford, Connecticut. Center for Legal Ethics seeks nominations for professionalism award The Texas Center for Legal Ethics is seeking nominations for the ninth annual Chief Justice Jack Pope Professional Award. The award, which will be presented in September, is given to an active or retired appellate lawyer or judge each year who exemplifies the highest level of professionalism and integrity. It is named after former Chief Justice Jack Pope, who died in February and was the first recipient of the award in 2009. Nominations are being accepted through May 1 and should include a one-page description of the nominee’s qualifications as well as a biography or CV. To submit a nomination, email email@example.com, fax to (512) 427-4125, or mail to Texas Center for Legal Ethics, 1414 Colorado St., Fourth Fl., Austin 78701. Nominees wanted for Fairy Davenport Rutland Award The State Bar of Texas Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect is accepting nominations for the Fairy Davenport Rutland Award for Distinguished Service to Children and Families through May 1. Written nominations of currently practicing attorneys who have made a substantial contribution to the field of advocacy for abused and neglected children can be sent to Member and Public Services Division Director Kanice Spears by mail at State Bar of Texas, P.O. Box 12487, Austin 78711 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Judges and members of the State Bar Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect are not eligible for nomination.
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