Texas corporate counsel community raises $71,026 for civil legal aid

The Texas Access to Justice Commission, in conjunction with the General Counsel Forum, raised $71,026 for civil legal aid during the 3rd Annual Charity Golf Classic held Thursday in San Antonio.

This year’s event exceeded the amount raised during last year’s tournament and is more than double the amount raised in the inaugural tournament. The proceeds will be donated to the Texas Access to Justice Foundation.

Legal aid organizations funded by foundation help more than 100,000 low-income Texas families each year. Many need help with critical civil legal issues impacting their very existence such as securing safety for victims of domestic abuse, obtaining medical care for veterans and the elderly, and helping families maintain their housing. Due to a lack of resources, only about 20 percent of the civil legal needs of low-income and poor Texans are being met.

The commission also presented Dell with the annual Magna Stella Pro Bono Award during the General Counsel Forum Magna Stella Awards dinner. The Magna Stella Pro Bono Award recognizes corporate legal departments that promote pro bono legal services within their company and within the corporate community at large.

Dell Legal has a strong culture of helping those in need through pro bono legal services. The program was started about 10 years ago and is one of the oldest programs in Texas.

Dell attorneys provide an average of 865 pro bono hours per year. They assist many organizations, including American Gateways, Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, Texas Access to Justice Commission, Texas Legal Services Center, BiGAUSTIN, the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program, and the Austin Bar Association Veteran’s Legal Advice Clinic.

Continuing the tradition of prior general counsel, Dell Legal’s new general counsel, Rich Rothberg, has issued a challenge to all Dell attorneys to provide pro bono legal services. 

From staffing a monthly legal aid clinic, helping parents of children with special needs, teaching a monthly class on basic business law, or assisting unrepresented veterans or their family members who have filed appeals at the U.S. Court of Appeals for veterans claims, the Dell Legal team goes above and beyond. 



Houston lawyers raise $90,000 for cancer research

The Houston-based Allied Advocates Foundation raised more than $90,000 for cancer research May 2 through its Second Annual Clays on the Brazos sporting clay tournament at the Rio Brazos Hunting Preserve in Simonton, west of Houston.

Net proceeds will benefit Peach Outreach, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness about uterine cancer and other gynecological cancers.

The Allied Advocates Foundation is a charity organization created by five Texas attorneys who wanted to give back to the communities that supported their legal practices. The foundation’s primary purpose is to raise funds for local charities.

Last year’s inaugural Clays on the Brazos tournament raised more than $50,000 for Returning Heroes Home, an organization that supports wounded veterans and their families at Fort Sam Houston and Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.

To learn more about the foundation, visit www.alliedadvocates.com.

Pictured: Brant Stogner, Chelsie King Garza, and Daniel Horowitz, from left, participate in the Clays on the Brazos tournament. They are attorneys at the law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend, a sponsor of the event. Horowitz, firm partner, is a founding member of the Allied Advocates Foundation.

Houston Bar Association's John J. Eikenburg Law Week Fun Run Set for March 26

Fun Run logoThe Houston Bar Association's 26th Annual John J. Eikenburg Law Week Fun Run will be held on Saturday, March 26 at Sam Houston Park, 1100 Bagby, Downtown Houston. The first race starts at 7:30 a.m.

All entry fee proceeds will be contributed directly to THE CENTER, a nonprofit organization dedicated to offering people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to reach their full potential and to contribute to their community through education, job training, socialization, community living, and health care.

Since 1986, the Houston Bar Association has raised over  $886,000 for THE CENTER.

The event features an 8K run, a one-mile non-competitive children's run, a non-competitive one-mile family walk, and a wheelchair division in the 8K. The 8K race is an official spring series race of the Houston Area Road Runners Association, and is a sanctioned U.S.A. Track and Field event.

Visit the Fun Run website to register and learn more about special events planned for this exciting race!

In the Winner's Circle!

The Tarrant County Bar Association hosted its fundraising event, “The Tarrant County Derby,” at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie in May and came up with a big winner! Getting into the Kentucky Derby spirit, some of the 150 attendees — both ladies and gents — participated in a Parade of Hats contest in between enjoying, and hopefully winning on, the races and dancing to music from Johnny D and the Doo Wopps. The ladies’ hat contest winner was Jessica Graham and the men’s winner was Cary Schroeder. “We had a great time,” said Planning Committee Chair Lori Spearman (pictured fourth from left), who credited committee members Lindsay DeVos, Shannon Sears, Tracy Wilkinson, Lydia Dews, Karmen Johnson, Nancy Gordon, and Casey Dyer for putting together such a successful and fun event. Koons, Fuller, Vanden Eykel & Robertson co-sponsored the event.