FOUNDATION RAISES $1.5 MILLION FOR GRANTS TO SUPPORT HARVEY RELIEF The Texas Access to Justice Foundation kicked off National Pro Bono Celebration Week (October 22-28) at a luncheon with the Texas Supreme Court on October 23 in Austin. Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman, a longtime champion of pro bono efforts, dedicated the event to the people in the trenches providing legal aid in response to Hurricane Harvey, which left nearly 780,00 0 Texans displaced. Keynote speakers Tracy Figueroa, an attorney with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, and Paul Furrh, the executive director of Lone Star Legal Aid, told the group about their efforts to help those affected by Harvey. “This is not going to be a short case,” said Furrh. “This is going to be a marathon.” Deborah Hankinson, TAJF vice chair, announced that the foundation had raised $1.5 million for grants—in addition to the $200,00 0 the board awarded in emergency funds—to support the Harvey relief effort. The luncheon ended with a presentation on the new Joe Jamail Endowment for Veteran Legal Services initiative “Remembering Our Heroes,” in which anyone can donate any amount to honor a veteran. For more information, go to teajf.org. HBA RECEIVES LEGACY AWARD FROM HOUSTON HABITAT FOR HUMANIT Y The Legacy Award was given to the Houston Bar Association during Habitat for Humanity’s 30th Anniversary Luncheon on October 25 at the Westin Galleria in Houston. The award is the nonprofit’s inaugural and recognizes the bar’s commitment to building 20 Habitat homes during the past 20 years. More than 4,430 volunteers helped build the houses, which have become homes for low-income families that totaled 26 adults and 41 children. The Houston Bar ’s members also donated $22,000 to purchase gifts for the families, which included providing appliances and stocking food pantries. “We are deeply honored to be the first recipient of this award from Houston Habitat, an organization that has helped thousands of Houstonians achieve their dream of home ownership,” said HBA President Alistair Dawson, who is a former chair of the HBA Habitat Commit tee. “The award reflects the commitment of our members, who have generously donated over $1,180,000 to build 20 homes since 1997.” Kids find families at Adoption Day More than 40 children who have been in foster care because they were victims of abuse or neglect found “forever families” on November 2 at Austin Adoption Day. The courtrooms at Gardner Betts Juvenile Justice Center in Austin were transformed into an Emerald City complete with a yellow brick road, costumed characters, and hundreds of stuffed animals. Austin Adoption Day is sponsored by the Austin Bar Foundation, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Gardner Betts Juvenile Justice Center, CASA of Travis County, Partnerships for Children, the Travis County Children’s Protective Services Board, and the Travis County Office of Child Representation. Austin McCloud Appellate Court Museum open with regular hours The Eastland museum, which was dedicated in June, features artifacts and exhibits explaining Texas’ appellate courts and what they do. It also honors retired Chief Justice Austin McCloud, who served on the 11th Court of Appeals. The museum, which is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is located at 100 S. Lamar St., Eastland 76488. For a tour outside regular hours, please call (254) 631-1216. Donations to the museum can be sent to Sherry Williamson, Curator, 100 W. Main St., Ste. 300, Eastland 76448. TMCP names award winners during 2017 conference More than 480 registrants attended the 25th Texas Minority Counsel Program conference November 8-10 in Austin. Abel Martinez, group vice-president of partner relations, risk solutions, and government affairs with H-E-B Grocery Company, won the 2017 TMCP Lifetime Achievement Award. Harris County Precinct One Commissioner Rodney Ellis, also a senior adviser at Dentons US and a retired Texas senator, won the 2017 TMCP Trailblazer Outside Counsel of the Year Award. Lawrence Clifton Morgan, senior corporate counsel with Republic Services, won the 2017 TMCP Corporate Counsel of the Year Award. TMCP was created in 1993 to increase opportunities for minority and women lawyers who provide legal services to corporate and government clients. More than 235 firms, corporations, schools, and government agencies participated in this year’s event.
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