The State Bar of Texas Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee and the State Bar of Texas Legal Services to the Poor in Criminal Matters Committee are seeking nominations for their annual awards.
Award recipients are deserving individuals, groups, or entities that perform exceptional work in the field of legal services to the poor.
The Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee honors recipients with its Pro Bono Excellence Awards, including the Frank J. Scurlock Award, named after the first chair of the committee who tirelessly provided legal services to the poor; the J. Chrys Dougherty Legal Services Award; the Judge Merrill Hartman Pro Bono Judge Award; the Pro Bono Award; the Pro Bono Coordinator Award; the W. Frank Newton Award; and the Pro Bono Support Staff Award. For more information about these awards and to download nomination submission forms, go here.
The Legal Services to the Poor in Criminal Matters Committee recognizes two outstanding individuals or organizations with its Indigent Defense Awards. The Warren Burnett Award honors extraordinary contributions to improving the quality of criminal legal representation to indigent Texans. The Michael K. Moore Award for Excellence in Research or Writing in the Area of Indigent Criminal Defense recognizes exceptional indigent criminal defense research or writing that contributes to the knowledge of the bench and bar. For more information about these awards and to download nomination submission forms, go here.
Nominations are due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21 and recipients will be notified in May. Attorney nominees must be in good standing with the State Bar.
For more information about these awards, contact the Legal Access Department at 512- 427-1855 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.