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Baylor Law School honors Gavin Lane and Darren Obenoskey with Advocate of the Year Awards

Baylor Law School’s Veterans Clinic honored attorneys Gavin Lane and Darren Obenoskey, both of Waco, with its Advocate of the Year Awards on November 5.

The awards are annually given to volunteer attorneys who go above and beyond in pro bono legal service to central Texas veterans and their spouses.

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Texas Bar Foundation awards $25,000 grant to South Texas College of Law Houston for pro bono services

The Texas Bar Foundation awarded South Texas College of Law Houston a $25,000 grant to support the law school’s pro bono clinic.

The grant provides stipends to “qualified, unlicensed law school graduates” to assist tenants in fighting evictions and maintaining housing stability.

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State Bar of Texas Past President Charles F. Aycock dies at 80

State Bar of Texas Past President Charles F. Aycock, of Amarillo, died November 9, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1967. Aycock served as president of the State Bar of Texas from 1999-2000. He was a solo practitioner in Amarillo. Prior to that, Aycock was a partner in the firm of Aldridge, Harding & Aycock in Farwell. He served as county attorney of Parmer County for more than 23 years. Aycock served on the District 13 Grievance Committee, was a past chair and life fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, and was a member of the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors from 1990 to 1993. He was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles in 2004 and served until 2011.

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Across state lines—working with out-of-state co-counsel

The COVID-19 pandemic experience of shuttered courthouses, restricted travel, and work-from-home arrangements has forced law firms to reevaluate how they do business, particularly when that work is done across state lines.

Whether your firm decides to work through local counsel from outside your firm or to act as local counsel for an unrelated, out-of-state firm, be sure to keep the following in mind.

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Texas Access to Justice Commission names Beck Redden as Champion of Justice firm

The Texas Access to Justice Commission named Beck Redden as the winner for the highest level of participation and highest amount raised in the medium-size firm category of the Champions of Justice Firm Competition.

The numbers are based on Texas Access to Justice Commission contributions made by the firms’ attorneys in support of the statewide Justice for All Campaign. Campaign funds go to civil legal aid organizations across Texas.

In 2020, more than 10,500 attorneys made a contribution and the Justice for All Campaign raised over $1.4 million—the highest amount ever raised. For more information about the Texas Access to Justice Commission, go to texasatj.org.

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Texas Appleseed to honor Jennifer and Peter Altabef and Latham & Watkins with awards

Texas Appleseed will honor Jennifer and Peter Altabef, of Dallas, and Latham & Watkins at its annual Good Apple Dinner gala on November 10, 2021, in Austin.

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Gov. Greg Abbott appoints Evan Young to Texas Supreme Court

Evan Young headshotGov. Greg Abbott announced Evan Young as his appointment to the Supreme Court of Texas on November 1, 2021, to fill the seat vacated by Justice Eva Guzman when she resigned in June 2021.

“Evan Young is a proven legal scholar and public servant, making him an ideal pick for the Supreme Court of Texas,” Abbott said in a press release. “Evan’s extensive background in private practice and public service will be a fantastic addition to the bench, and I am confident that he will faithfully defend the Constitution and uphold the rule of law for the people of Texas.”

Young is a partner in Baker Botts in Austin. He clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and served as counsel to the attorney general of the Department of Justice. Young is a former chair of the Texas Regional Office of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, a member of the Supreme Court Advisory Committee, an elected member of the American Law Institute, and an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law. He has served as a member of the Texas Judicial Council since 2017.

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