The chief legal officers at AT&T, Dell, Kimberly-Clark, LyondellBasell and Pioneer Natural Resources joined colleagues from across the U.S. in asking the U.S. Congress to significantly raise the amount of funding it provides to the Legal Services Corporation.
Texas Chief Justice Nathan Hecht says domestic abuse cases are “up quite a bit” during the past 15 weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are not enough lawyers doing pro bono to help abused women and children. The chief justice’s comments came during a webcast conducted by the Legal Aid of Northwest Texas, which celebrated the 2020 Women’s Advocacy Awards.
The Association of Corporate Counsel has announced that 7-Eleven and the law firm Perkins Coie have been named one of its annual 2020 Value Champions, a national honor that recognizes innovative technology and the use of creative operating systems to enhance efficiency and value in corporate legal departments.
They are general counsel who engineered major mergers, acquisitions and restructurings and senior counsel who won bet-the-company litigation. They are corporate in-house counsel preaching diversity and pro bono activities in the legal profession. ACC’s Houston Chapter and The Texas Lawbook are honored to announce the final six recipients.
Julia Simon’s son was jogging a few blocks from the North Dallas home the family has lived in for 20 years, when a white woman saw him and screamed. The message was clear, but it took a while to fully sink in. The Mary Kay CLO explains to Natalie Posgate how the incident shook her family.
The Association of Corporate Counsel’s Houston Chapter and The Texas Lawbook are honored to announce the 2020 Houston Corporate Counsel Awards recipients. Eleven of the 13 winners are women. One-third are lawyers of color. One is a previous finalist and one is a back-to-back winner. Three winners are from the same business. Six of the in-house counsel work at energy related companies. Pictured: Veronica Foley of Precision Drilling.
UPDATED: Sonic officials late Thursday apologized directly to the families of seven African-American teenagers for the discriminatory treatment they endured at one of the company’s North Dallas drive-in restaurants. The parents included a Dallas judge and several prominent in-house lawyers. Natalie Posgate’s update includes the full text of Sonic’s public statement.
Much has been written about what steps employers can and should take in the face of the global pandemic. In an effort to better understand what employers actually are doing, Dykema recently sent a flash survey to employers. Here is an analysis of the results.
On Page 15 of J.C. Penney Company’s bankruptcy filing Friday late afternoon, there is the signature of the corporation’s general counsel and corporate secretary, Brandy Treadway. “Attached hereto is a true, complete, and correct copy of the resolutions of the Board of Directors of the Company.” Here is a profile of J.C. Penney’s GC, who will play a critical role in the retailer’s restructuring.
The two-fisted beating of an coronavirus shutdown and an oil market crash is begetting yet another crisis on the horizon in Texas: the need for legal aid. Zero interest rates and dwindling tax revenues are sapping low-income legal resources, even as the need for them is set to explode. “That’s the next big story,” says SCOTX Chief Justice Nathan Hecht. Janet Elliott explains.