The Houston Lawyers Association, or HLA, will host its 2019 Scholarship & Awards Gala on May 4 at the Whitehall Houston Hotel in Houston.

Honorary chairs for the event are State Bar of Texas President-elect Randy Sorrels and his wife, Alexandra Farias-Sorrels.

The mistress of ceremonies is Melanie Lawson, attorney and Houston Channel 13 anchor.

Keynote speaker for the event is Illinois Appellate Court Justice Shelvin Louise Marie Hall, who was the first female president of HLA.

A cocktail hour and silent auction begins at 6 p.m. and the official program begins at 6:50. Formal attire is required for the event. Tickets can be purchased at