Dallas lawyer selected for ABA award

Kim J. Askew, partner in K&L Gates in Dallas, was recently named as the recipient of a 2015 Spirit of Excellence Award from the American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity. Askew, one of four winners, will receive the award during a Feb. 7, 2015, ceremony at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Houston.

The Spirit of Excellence Award is presented to lawyers who excel in their professional settings; personify excellence on the national, state, or local level; and demonstrate a commitment to racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession.

Askew, the 2003-2004 chair of the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors, specializes in complex commercial and employment litigation. She is a longtime leader in the State Bar, ABA, and Dallas Bar Association.

Dallas Hispanic Bar Association to hold its ninth annual event "Lighting the Path to the Legal Profession" fundraiser and award reception

The Dallas Hispanic Bar Association (DHBA) will hold its annual event at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25. The event is aimed to be a fun-filled evening dedicated to honoring and celebrating diversity in the legal profession.

“Lighting the Path to the Legal Profession” is a signature event for the DHBA. It brings attorneys, judges, and students together for a celebration that highlights the organization’s collective efforts to support educational and diversity initiatives within the legal community.

In addition to raising funds toward its mission and diversity pipeline initiatives, each year the DHBA presents various prestigious awards to individuals that have contributed in “lighting the path to the legal profession” in the Hispanic community.

Judge Lena Levario of the 204th Criminal Court will be honored with the La Luz award. Judge Levario is being recognized for her trailblazing contributions in the legal community, including her mentorship of young lawyers and law students as well as her enduring support of the DHBA.

The President’s Award will be presented to Bill Holston of Human Rights Initiative, and Vanna Slaughter of Catholic Charities of Dallas. Their leadership and collaboration with DHBA’s Unaccompanied Minors Action Committee has been instrumental in the DHBA’s ability to provide and coordinate volunteer attorneys to provide legal representation for unaccompanied children who entered this country from Central America. 

The DHBA is also proud to recognize Chris Luna with the Corporate Counsel Award. Luna, staff vice president and assistant general counsel at MetroPCS Communication, promotes initiatives and practices that foster greater diversity within the MetroPCS legal department and the community. Luna is a former Dallas City Council member and is actively involved in diversity pipeline initiatives helping the Hispanic legal community such as the Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation’s Amanecer Luncheon.

Lastly, the La Estrella rising star award will be awarded to Larry Banda, an attorney with Placemark Investments, Inc., for his notable leadership and generous service to the DHBA.

Individual tickets for the event can be purchased for $75 for non-DHBA members and $60 for DHBA members through the DHBA website. The event will be held in the Tower Club, Thanksgiving Tower, 1601 Elm St., 48th Floor, Dallas, 75201. Sponsorships and pledges are still being accepted. 

TMCP counsel of the year award nominations deadline is June 15

The TMCP Corporate Counsel of the Year and Trailblazer Outside Counsel of the Year awards nomination deadline is June 15, 2011. Visit www.texasbar.com/tmcp for more details and nomination forms.

The Corporate Counsel of the Year Award is presented to the corporate counsel that has done the most to open doors for Texas minority and women attorneys by promoting diversity within their department and/or company, and by consistently hiring minority and/or women attorneys in private practice to perform legal work on behalf of their company.

The Trailblazer Outside Counsel of the Year Award is presented to the nominee judged by the Selection Committee to have done the most to effectuate the promotion of diversity within the legal profession through hiring, retention and mentoring of minority and women attorneys, partnering with minority and women owned law firms, and involvement with Bar and/or community activities designed to promote diversity within the legal profession.

Texas Minority Attorney Program in Houston May 6

The 2011 Texas Minority Attorney Program (TMAP) will be in Houston tomorrow, May 6.

TMAP is a one-day live CLE seminar and networking event geared towards minority and women solo and small firm practitioners.

Participants have the opportunity to learn more about the issues facing solo and small firms, discuss various client development strategies, and network with area judges and other legal professionals.

TMAP in Houston will be at South Texas College of Law, Garrett-Townes Hall, 1303 San Jacinto Street, 77002.

To register, please visit http://www.texasbarcle.com/CLE/AABuy0.asp?lID=10400&sProductType=EV.

For more information on TMAP 2011, please visit www.texasbar.com/tmap.

Texas Minority Attorney Program Comes to Austin and Houston

It’s not often that you get the opportunity to have fun, learn, network, and gain CLE credit. Well, guess what? That opportunity has come and you can be a part of it during the Texas Minority Attorney Program 2010. The one-day seminar and networking event is aimed at minority and women solo and small firm practitioners.

TMAP offers an opportunity to converse with other solo and small firm practitioners about the unique issues you face (law practice management, any one?) while allowing participants a chance to discuss various client development strategies and to network with local judges and other legal professionals. Doesn’t sound too bad, right? We didn’t think so, either. So sign up already.

Still not convinced? Okay, well, we know solos and small firms are always looking for advertising and marketing tips. TMAP’s got it. Solo and small firm practitioners also like to stay out of hot water. TMAP’s got information on that too. Other topics include criminal law issues and a judges’ panel of courtroom dos and don’ts. Did we mention that breakfast and lunch are included? No? Well, they are. If that doesn’t seal the deal, we’re not sure what will.

Two TMAP events are being offered this year:

TMAP has consistently been praised for its practical and relevant information. One past attendee said, “This course consistently offers the best value and biggest bang for the buck of all CLEs in Texas. The speakers were all insightful, informative and inspiring.”

We told you it’s gonna be good. What are you waiting for?

For more information, contact the State Bar Office of Minority Affairs at (800) 204-2222, ext. 1538 or minorityaffairs@texasbar.com.