Monica Karuturi, executive vice president and general counsel to CenterPoint Energy, was named the 2023 chair of the Houston Bar Foundation during the foundation’s annual luncheon on February 9 in Houston. Karuturi succeeds Immediate Past Chair Christian A. Garza, of Enterprise Products.

The Houston Bar Foundation, or HBF, established in 1982 as the charitable arm of the Houston Bar Association, supports programs that provide legal representation to the indigent, promotes community understanding of the legal system, and fosters the administration of justice.

“I am honored to serve the Houston Bar Foundation as chair at such an exciting chapter in the foundation’s history,” said Karuturi in a press release. “We just celebrated a record-breaking Harvest Celebration in the fall, which raised over $1 million to support pro bono provided through Houston Volunteer Lawyers. The generosity of our fellows continues to thrive, and the nominating process for a new class of fellows has already begun.”

The HBF also recognized recipients of the Harris County Bench Bar Pro Bono Awards, winners of awards from the Harris County Dispute Resolution Center, or DRC, and recognized an outstanding legal article in The Houston Lawyer. The recipients were:

Harris County Bench Bar Pro Bono Awards

LyondellBasell: 2023 Corporate Law Department Winner
Baker Botts L.L.P.: 2023 Large Law Firm Winner
Beck Redden LLP: 2023 Mid-Size Firm Winner
Diggs & Sadler: 2023 Small Law Firm Winner
Martin RG Marasigan Law Office: 2023 Small Law Firm Winner
Jane L. Ray: 2023 Individual Winner
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Hillary Holmes, and The Pro Bono Squad: 2023 The Heart of Pro Bono

DRC Awards

Jill Arntz: Longevity of Exemplary Service to the Dispute Resolution Center
Brenda Page: Outstanding Contribution to the Dispute Resolution Center

Outstanding Legal Article in The Houston Lawyer

Jennifer Davidow, Akilah Craig, and Xperanza Uvideo, co-authors of “Generational Perspectives on Adapting to the Evolving Legal Landscape,” published in the May/June 2022 issue of The Houston Lawyer.

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