More than 480 registrants attended the 25th Texas Minority Counsel Program conference November 8-10 in Austin.

Abel Martinez, group vice-president of partner relations, risk solutions, and government affairs with H-E-B Grocery Company, won the 2017 TMCP Lifetime Achievement Award. Harris County Precinct One Commissioner Rodney Ellis, also a senior adviser at Dentons US and a retired Texas senator, won the 2017 TMCP Trailblazer Outside Counsel of the Year Award. Lawrence Clifton Morgan, senior corporate counsel with Republic Services, won the 2017 TMCP Corporate Counsel of the Year Award.

TMCP was created in 1993 to increase opportunities for minority and women lawyers who provide legal services to corporate and government clients. More than 235 firms, corporations, schools, and government agencies participated in this year’s event.