This week’s P.S. highlights one Houston lawyers organization’s Adopt-an-Angel program, grant money awarded to two Texas legal aid organizations and a firm celebrating an exciting pro bono milestone.
This week’s P.S. features holiday giving to families in need by Dallas and Houston lawyers at Stinson and Hogan Lovells, a special holiday event for fallen veterans, a Jackson Walker lawyer who has been appointed as chairman of the board to a freedom of speech/information nonprofit and the very first access to justice summit that took place in Houston, where two local reporters were recognized.
In this week’s P.S., we have the details of an inaugural ball put on by the Dallas LGBT Bar Association, updates on the Dallas Bar Association’s Equal Access to Justice Campaign and a reminder of a food drive currently being commissioned for one of Dallas’ poorest areas.
A group of high-ranking in-house counsel and private practice pro bono specialists swapped stories and methods for how they’ve been able to achieve pro bono engagement and keep their lawyers incentivized to give back through pro bono. Plus, the in-house lawyers discussed their positions on partnering with law firms on pro bono projects.
This year’s Texas Minority Counsel Program saw record levels of participation by corporate and governmental entities. TMCP also honored the recipients of its annual awards for Corporate Counsel of the Year, Trailblazer, Rising Star and Lifetime Achievement.
As the year comes to an end, some may be reflecting on their legal practice and looking for ways to squeeze more pro bono into their life. The Texas Lawbook spoke with Stinson associate and pro bono pro Grant DuBois, who manages a pro bono misdemeanor criminal docket in his spare time and provides tips for weaving more pro bono work into the daily grind.
“Attorneys have been viewed by the general public as an undesirable group since the beginning of our profession,” DuBois says. “Many refer to us as ‘money-sucking vampires’ motivated not by client service, but by greed. One of the ways we can start to change this generalized perception is to provide pro bono services as often as we can.”
In this week’s P.S. column, the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas hosts its annual Stories from the HeART fundraiser and honors a group of Texas lawyers for their contributions, a memorial fund set up in the memory of the late Dallas lawyer, Clarence Brown, seeks to raise more funds to benefit students of color at the Lamplighter School, and two nonprofits announce leadership efforts by lawyers.
A short and sweet public service column highlights the work one Dallas firm is doing to benefit a local children’s shelter and three Houston women lawyers who were recently honored for their commitment to their communities and advancing women. Happy Thanksgiving from The Texas Lawbook.
Last week, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History announced that it has accepted a massive blues and folklore archive gifted by Baker Botts client Susannah Nix, the daughter of the late prominent folklorist Robert “Mack” McCormick. Nix and her lawyers spoke with Natalie Posgate about the donation and the legal work that went into it.
Holiday giving is already ubiquitous across the Texas legal community. A few ways lawyers are giving back are through turkey meal deliveries, food drives and suit donations. All in this week’s P.S. column.