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University of Houston receives $1 million for new John M. O’Quinn Law Building

The University of Houston received a $1 million gift from alumnus Danny M. Sheena, of Sheena Law Firm, to support construction of the new John M. O’Quinn Law Building. In recognition of the gift, the planned moot courtroom and dividable classroom space will be named the Danny M. Sheena Courtroom; Danny M. Sheena Classroom; and … Continue Reading

Fifty-year lawyer presented with lawyer pin and certificate as birthday surprise

Horace F. “Fred” Brown, a minister at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Blanco, was presented with a surprise on his 82nd birthday—his 50-year-lawyer pin and certificate. Brown, who received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law, practiced general legal matters, mostly litigation, with his father for more than two … Continue Reading

Watch online: Chief Justice Hecht to accept advocacy award on behalf of Texas Supreme Court

Legal Aid of Northwest Texas’s 20th annual Women’s Advocacy Awards event will continue virtually on June 24 with honorees Chief Justice Nathan Hecht and Amy Yeager of Children’s Health. The online event runs 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. and is free. Chief Hecht, who is accepting the Champion of Justice Award on behalf of the Supreme … Continue Reading

20th Annual Women’s Advocacy Awards go virtual

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas will host its 20th Annual Women’s Advocacy Awards in two online events featuring conversations with four Texas legal all stars. On June 11, former State Bar of Texas President Harriet Miers, Locke Lord LLP partner and former counsel to President George W. Bush, and Shonn Evans … Continue Reading

Sylvia Borunda Firth of El Paso elected State Bar of Texas president-elect

Texas attorneys elected Sylvia Borunda Firth of El Paso to be president-elect of the State Bar of Texas. Borunda Firth received 49.31 percent—9,515—of the 19,298 votes cast during the voting period that ended May 29. Her opponent, Pablo Almaguer of Edinburg, received 49.11 percent or 9,478 votes. Write-in candidates accounted for 1.58 percent of the … Continue Reading

TLAP to present Remote Well-Being Wednesdays in April

The Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program’s “Remote Well-Being Wednesdays: A Coronavirus Series” will take place weekly through April 15, offering attorneys a resource for tending to their well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. The programs will take place from noon to 1 p.m. CDT via Zoom on the following dates. April 1 “Being at Home Boot Camp”—TLAP … Continue Reading

Dallas attorney selected as ABA Rosner & Rosner Young Lawyer Professionalism Award recipient

Andrew Guthrie, an associate of Haynes and Boone in Dallas and a member of the Texas Supreme Court Professional Ethics Committee, has been selected for the 2020 American Bar Association Rosner & Rosner Young Lawyer Professionalism Award. The Rosner & Rosner Young Lawyer Professionalism Award honors young lawyer commitment to legal and judicial ethics, lawyer … Continue Reading

Houston lawyer honored for saving driver from drowning

A Houston lawyer was recognized for his quick action and heroism that saved a motorist from drowning after the man’s car plunged into the Mustang Bayou in Missouri City earlier this month. John C. Greco is a partner in Williams, Birnberg & Andersen, LLP of Houston where he focuses on civil litigation, primarily personal injury, … Continue Reading

Deadline to enter 2020 Texas Gavel Awards approaching

Do you know of a journalist deserving of recognition for excellence in reporting on legal issues? The State Bar of Texas Public Affairs Committee is accepting entries for the 2020 Texas Gavel Awards to recognize journalistic excellence that helps foster public understanding of the legal system, including investigative reporting that leads to improvements in the … Continue Reading

In Memoriam

The State Bar of Texas’ Membership Department was informed in December 2019 of the deaths of these members. We join the officers and directors of the State Bar in expressing our deepest sympathy.… Continue Reading

Texas attorneys win 2019 American Bar Association Spirit of Excellence Awards

Richard Pena, 1998-1999 State Bar of Texas president, and Judge Lora Livingston, of the Travis County District Court, will receive American Bar Association Spirit of Excellence Awards on February 15, 2020, at the JW Marriott Austin. The award, presented by the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, honors lawyers whose commitment … Continue Reading