In this edition of P.S., we have details on an October luncheon that will honor Dallas attorney Frank Stevenson, the State Fair of Texas’ newest board member and his extensive history serving the organization and October dates for the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program’s virtual and in-person legal clinics.
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— On Wednesday, Oct. 25, the Dallas Bar Foundation will honor Locke Lord of counsel Frank Stevenson with its 2023 Fellow Justinian Award at its 30th Annual Fellows Luncheon. Stevenson has held numerous leadership positions serving the legal profession and the community, including 2017 chair of the DBF, 2008 president of the Dallas Bar Association and 2016-2017 president of the State Bar of Texas. At the luncheon, the foundation will also introduce and welcome the new DBF fellows, whose donations support the DBF’s mission, and announce the statewide winner of the Stephen H. Philbin II Award for Excellence in Legal Reporting. Finally, the DBF will highlight its new programs, including the foundation’s new Hon. Harlin Hale Fellowship established by the Dallas Bar Association’s bankruptcy section upon the judge’s retirement last year. Judge Hale is well known for mentoring the next generation of bankruptcy attorneys. The fellowship is awarded to one rising 2L or rising 3L law student and entails a six-week summer internship in the Northern District of Texas’ federal bankruptcy court. The fellow is also paid a $5,000 stipend.
Though fundraising is not the foundation’s agenda for the luncheon, any proceeds from the event will be allocated to the foundation’s grants program, which provides grants to local nonprofits whose needs align with the DBF’s mission.
When: Oct. 25 at 11:30
Where: Arts District Mansion
To sponsor or purchase a ticket: Visit here or call 214-220-7487.
How much: Individual tickets are $75 or a table for 10 is $750.
— Bell Nunnally partner Heath Cheek has been elected to the State Fair of Texas’ board of directors. Cheek, a partner in Bell Nunnally’s litigation practice, previously served on the State Fair’s advisory board and has been heavily involved with the Big Tex Livestock Auction. The auction is a philanthropic event that supports youth agricultural projects in Texas and provides scholarships for inner-city Dallas and rural Texas students attending in-state colleges and universities. Last year, the auction raised $1.8 million for roughly 200 kids. Cheek is currently serving as the auction’s immediate past chair, and has also served as the State Fair’s cabinet chair, development cabinet vice-chair and raffle chair.
— Throughout the month of October, the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program will host 10 virtual and in-person legal clinics providing pro bono civil legal services to low-income Dallas residents. DVAP, the pro bono arm of the Dallas Bar Association, is a partnership between the DBA and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas. Those who wish to receive assistance through a virtual clinic should fill out this form.
Virtual Clinics (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
Oct. 5: DVAP and Katten Muchin Rosenman
Oct. 6 (veterans clinic): DVAP and Bradley Arant Boult Cummings
Oct. 12: DVAP and DLA Piper
Oct. 19: DVAP and St. Mary’s University School of Law
Oct. 26: DVAP and JPMorgan Chase & Co. and UNT Dallas College of Law
Veterans Clinic: Oct. 6 at 1:30 p.m. at the VA Medical Center (4500 Lancaster Rd., Dallas). Sponsored by DVAP, Foley & Lardner and Baylor Scott & White
South Dallas Clinic: Oct. 10 at 5 p.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center (2922 Martin Luther King Blvd., Dallas). Sponsored by DVAP and SMU Women in Law
East Dallas Clinic: Oct. 19 at 5:30 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church (4105 Junius at Haskell, Dallas). Sponsored by DVAP and SMU Women in Law
South Dallas Clinic: Oct. 24 at 5 p.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center (2922 Martin Luther King Blvd., Dallas). Sponsored by DVAP and DBA Entrepreneurs in Community Lawyering
West Dallas Clinic: Oct. 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the West Dallas Multipurpose Center (2828 Fish Trap Rd., Dallas). Sponsored by DVAP and Weil, Gotshal & Manges