AUSTIN BAR FOUNDATION RECOGNIZES ATTORNEYS AT 15TH ANNUAL GALA The Austin Bar Foundation held its 15th annual gala on January 20 in Austin. The event, which was attended by more than 550 members of the Austin legal community, serves as a fundraiser for legal-related charitable and education programs in Central Texas. At the event, seven attorneys were honored for their contributions to the Austin legal community. The Distinguished Lawyer Award recipients were Clarke Heidrick Jr., the Rev. Joseph C. Parker Jr., and Betty Balli Torres. Recipients of the David H. Walter Community Excellence Award were Randy Cubriel and Caitlin Haney Johnston. Tracy Walters McCormack received the Larry F. York Mentoring Award, and Richard Pena received the Joseph C. Parker Jr. Diversity Award. Above from left: Austin Bar Foundation Gala award winners Richard Pena, Randy Cubriel, Betty Balli Torres, Clarke Heidrick Jr., Tracy Walters McCormack, the Rev. Joseph C. Parker Jr., and Caitlin Haney Johnston. EVERSHEDS SUTHERL AND PARTNERS WITH HINES TO BUILD BIKES FOR BOYS & GIR LS CLUBS OF GREATER HOUSTON Eversheds Sutherland joined together with Hines, a global real estate investment, development, and management fir m, to participate in the Life Cycles bike-building program on Januar y 22 in Houston. Eversheds Sutherland attorneys from four countries and the United States, along with Hines employees, assembled BMX-style bikes that were donated, along with helmets and locks, to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston. Above: Attorneys from Eversheds Sutherland and Hines employees assembled BMX-style bikes as part of the Life Cycles bike-building program for donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston. Conference celebrates Native American culture When the State Bar of Texas Native American Law Section Conference comes to the Texas Law Center in Austin, it’s a celebration. On January 19, the Chickasaw Nation Stomp Dance Troupe performed a friendship song and a stomp dance to a large crowd gathered in the lobby. Myomay, a bateleur eagle from Tanzania, wowed the group as well. The 10- year-old bird survives on a diet of rabbit and quail and calls Sia, the Comanche Nation Ethno- Ornithological Initiative in Oklahoma, home. Above: Guests at the Native American Law Section Conference included Myomay, a 10-year-old bateleur eagle originally from Tanzania and now living in Oklahoma at Sia, the Comanche Nation Ethno-Ornithological Initiative. New video from the Texas AG educates and aids Texans in fight against human trafficking A new comprehensive training video introduced by Attorney General Ken Paxton in January aims to educate Texans about human trafficking and how they can fight against it. Stories from survivors, experts, law enforcement, and a good Samaritan illustrate the realities of the crime in Texas, where, based on 2016 statistics, the National Human Trafficking Hotline receives its second highest number of calls. For more information, go to texasattorneygeneral.gov/human-trafficking. State Bar of Texas Paralegal Division names president-elect The State Bar of Texas Paralegal Division elected Megan Goor as its new president-elect. Goor, an ambassador of the division, served as president in 2016-2017 and as the Board of Directors District 3 director from 2012 to 2015, and was chair of the 2017 Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar. She is also editor of the Texas Paralegal Journal in her role as the Paralegal Division publications chair. Goor is a certified paralegal in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
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