CHAMPIONS OF JUSTICE GALA RAISES THOUSANDS FOR VETERANS The 2017 Champions of Justice Gala Benefiting Veterans raised $5 60,200 to help provide civil legal services to low-income Texas veterans. The eighth annual gala, held May 3 in Austin, has raised more than $3 million since its inception. The Texas Access to Justice Commission hosts the gala, and the State Bar of Texas underwrites it to ensure proceeds go to helping veterans get legal assistance. Highlights of the event included a keynote presentation by former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker, III, the official launch of the Joe Jamail Endowment for Veteran Legal Services, and the presentation of the James B. Sales Boots on the Ground award. APPELLATE COURT MUSEUM TO BE DEDICATED The original Eastland County courthouse will soon be home to a museum housing artifacts and exhibits aimed at showing the public what Texas appellate courts do. A grand opening celebration for the Austin McCloud Appellate Court Museum will be June 29 in Eastland, beginning with an oral argument at 10 a.m. on the second floor in a replica of the original 11th Court of Appeals courtroom, followed by a dedication and ceremony at 11 a.m. honoring the museum’s namesake, Austin McCloud, who served as chief justice of the court. State Bar of Texas Appellate Section accepting nominations The State Bar of Texas Appellate Section is accepting nominations for the Texas Appellate Hall of Fame, which honors judges, attorneys, and court staff who are no longer living and made a lasting mark on appellate practice in the state in their lifetimes. Nominations can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 14 and should include the nominator’s contact information, the nominee’s biography or CV, a photo, and reasons for the nomination with emphasis on the nominee’s contributions to appellate practice in Texas. Prior nominations do not necessarily transfer to this year. The Appellate Section will hold a reception September 7 to honor the selected Hall of Fame inductees following the State Bar’s Advanced Civil Appellate Practice course. For more information, go to the section’s website at tex-app.org. Lawyer volunteers receive Standing Ovation Awards Six Texas attorneys were honored in April for their exceptional contributions in 2016 to the State Bar of Texas’ continuing legal education efforts. TexasBarCLE gave Standing Ovation Awards to Quentin Brogdon, of Crain Lewis Brogdon in Dallas; Stuart D. Colburn, of Downs Stanford in West Lake Hills; Kenda L. Culpepper, Rockwall County district attorney; Stephen P. Koch, a retired attorney in Montgomery; Chris Nickelson, of the Law Office of Gary L. Nickelson in Fort Worth; and Paul Parsons, a solo practitioner in Austin. “All of our volunteers deserve our gratitude for contributing to the continuing education of their peers. Nevertheless, some stand out each year for extraordinary dedication and commitment,” said Hedy Bower, director of TexasBarCLE. Texas House honors memory of former Chief Justice Jack Pope Colleagues, friends, and family of former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Jack Pope Jr. gathered in the Texas House chambers on April 27 to honor the memory of the judicial trailblazer, who died in February at the age of 103, with House Resolution 1228—adopted on April 13. “He was an extraordinary person who acted as a common man,” said state Rep. Travis Clardy, a coauthor of the resolution, before leading a moment of silence. “He has been a tremendous example to lawyers and judges across the state.”
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