The Austin Bar Association and the Austin Bar Foundation celebrated Law Day during a luncheon on April 30. More than 200 guests attended and several individuals received recognition during the event, which was held at the W Austin Hotel.

David Escamilla, a Travis County attorney, received the Regina Rogoff Award from the Austin Bar Association. Former State Bar President Martha Dickie, partner in Almanza, Blackburn & Dickie, received the group’s Professionalism Award.

The Austin Young Lawyers Association honored Belinda Powell, Travis County strategic planning manager, with a Liberty Bell Award. Jessica Palvino, a partner in McGinnis Lochridge, received the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, while Ranelle Meroney, of counsel to Chamberlain McHaney, was presented with a Mentor Award from the group.

Volunteer Legal Services gave its J. Chrys Dougherty Award to Kris Algert, a partner in Ausley, Algert, Robertson & Flores. Hong Shi, an associate of Haynes and Boone, received the Susan P. Burton Award, while the Vinson & Elkins Law Firm took home the Joseph H. Hart Award.

Additionally, the Austin Bar Foundation presented grants to Asian Family Support Services of Austin, Texas State Law Library, and Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts.

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