HARVEST CELEBRATION RAISES $735,2 0 0 FOR PRO BONO LEGAL SERVICES Pro bono legal services in the Houston area received a boost thanks to money raised at the 68th Harvest Celebration at the River Oaks Country Club. At the November 13 celebration, $735,200 in underwriting was raised to support pro bono legal services in Houston. The event benefits the Houston Volunteer Lawyers, a Houston Bar Association project that assists low-income area residents with family law, consumer law, probate, and other civil legal problems. The Har vest Celebration—sponsored by the HBA, Houston Bar Foundation, and Houston Bar Association Auxiliary—has raised nearly $7.5 million in pro bono legal ser vices in the past 18 years. TEXAS DISTRICT & COUNTY ATTORNEYS FOUNDATION DONATE TO COLLEAGUE S IMPACTED BY HURRICANE HARVEY The Texas District & Count y Attorneys Foundation gifted $1,00 0 per person to 40 prosecutors, investigators, and administrative staff in eight South Texas counties. The recipients are from Aransas, Fort Bend, Harris, Jefferson, Montgomery, Orange, Refugio, and Victoria counties. STATE BAR OF TEXAS JUDICIAL POLL In January 2018, the State Bar of Texas will be conducting a judicial poll. The races will include those contested primar y races for the Texas Supreme Court, Court of Criminal Appeals, and the courts of appeals from the various judicial districts throughout the state. The poll will be conducted electronically, and e-ballots will be emailed to all Texas attorneys who are in good standing. Be sure to check your spam filter if you do not receive the email. Attorneys may also vote online by going to texasbar.com. If you prefer a paper ballot, please call (866) 720-4357 or send an email to email@example.com. Request one by no later than January 23, 2018, to ensure adequate postal deliver y time. All ballots must be received by 5 p.m. CST on February 6, 2018. 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 Friday, March 2. Recipients of the Pro Bono Excellence Awards and the Indigent Defense Awards will be notified in May. Award nomination forms are available at texasbar.com/probonoawards. For more information about these awards, contact the Legal Access Division at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 204-2222, ext. 1855. Texas Bar Foundation grant to send judges to National Judicial College course Six Texas judges will attend the National Judicial College’s flagship general jurisdiction course in Reno, Nevada, in 2018 thanks to a $12,000 grant from the Texas Bar Foundation. The course will sharpen their skills in courtroom management and better prepare them to conduct jury trials and apply the latest in criminal law and procedures. The grant will award $2,000 to each of the judges, who will attend the course in either the spring or fall session. The judicial college will then match funding for six $4,000 awards. The judges are chosen by the Texas Office of Court Administration and the Texas Center for the Judiciary. DBA hosts fireside chat with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings On October 30, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Dallas Bar Association President Rob Crain led a discussion at the Pavilion at the Belo Mansion on race and civility issues. The hour-long event, hosted by the Public Forum Committee, focused on the legal profession taking leading roles on community issues. “The DBA was honored to host Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings today for a fireside chat,” Crain said. “In a wide-ranging discussion, the mayor addressed the city’s challenges with his signature style of blunt candor and thoughtfulness.”
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