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Clinics Provide Legal Advice Throughout Community

The HBA's Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program sponsors a number of legal clinics each month to serve diverse clients throughout Spring Branch Family Development Center Legal Advice Clinic Sponsored by Jackson Walker LLP Tom Adolph Jennifer Bryant Pedro Ceron Jan Chafin Marcella Colbert John Edwards Mary Flynn-Dupart Richard Hawell the area. The HBA would like to thank the volunteers listed below who volunteered at clinics during the month of May. For informaJason Johns Lindsey Moorlean Amanda Patrick James Prappas Julia Salvator Amanda Shaw Paul Vrana Cleveland Ripley Legal Advice Clinic Sponsored by Haynes and Boone LLP and Halliburton Sandy Abdouche Kenneth Adams tion on volunteering for legal clinics, contact Bill Eckert at HVLP, 713-228-0735.

Equal Access STAR

Brandi Branch Angie Cameron Patricia Casey Leesa Everitt David Forson Staci Griffin Jill Groff A. Edward Groff Myriam Grohs Ivett Hughes Teshia Judkins Emily Mecredy Susan Ponce Brad Richards Rob Sutphen Frank Vlahakos Odean Volker John Wright Third Ward Multiservice Center Legal Advice Clinic Sponsored by Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. and King & Spalding LLP Heather Ashour Bill Burns Linda Carrizales Marti Cherry Kevin Clark Josh Clayton Sammuel Davis Tonja De Sloover Inga Domask Alice Drennon Jamie Duncan Ashley Edison Erin English Archie Fellon Penn Huston Mason Lee Matt Martinez Utsav Mathur Juliet McBride Kevin Mohr Jennifer Mosley William Musgrove Preston Naquin Paul Neufeld Cynthia Perez Kadian Roberts Jorge Romero Alissa Rubin Rafe Schaefer

David Schwan Kate Semmler Rhonda Sigman Russell Smith Elizabeth Taber Cameron Taber Lindzi Timberlake Phyllis Young Chinese Community Center Legal Advice Clinic Peter Bennett Evie Park Vietnamese Legal Advice Clinic Peter Bennett Lan Nguyen Evie Park Veterans Legal Advice Clinics June 4 Randy Clark Bob Devlin Phillip Donisi Cliff Hayes Timothy Howard Sue Jean White June 11 Sponsored by Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP Elizabeth Black Berry Justin Constant Alicia Castro Cliff Hayes Jennifer Nelson Todd Patterson June 18 Judy Azzo Drew Hallin Samina Quddos June 25 Gary Alfred Cliff Hayes Jason Ryan

Johnson DeLuca Kennedy & Kurisky, P.C.

The Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program would like to recognize the attorneys of Johnson DeLuca Kennedy & Kurisky, P.C. for their outstanding support and commitment to promoting equal access to justice. The firm is part of the Equal Access Champions Program. The strong support and continued commitment to helping low income families in Houston is evident by the types of cases this firm accepts for ongoing representation. The HVLP staff would like to recognize and thank the firm's volunteers for their hard work, dedication and inspiration.

Houston Volunteer lawyers Program

Equal Access = Justice for All Houstonians

To volunteer, please call 713-228-0735.

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LegalLine Volunteers

The HBA and the LegalLine Committee would like to thank Luby's, etc. at 1301 Fannin, 13th Floor, 713-759-9954, for providing dinner for LegalLine volunteers. The HBA and the LegalLine Committee also thank the volunteers listed below.

June 16 Co-chairs Linda Boyle Bracewell & Giuliani LLP Keri D. Brown Baker Botts L.L.P. Christina Cole Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP David Curico Jackson Walker L.L.P. Stephen Edmundson Beirne, Maynard & Parsons, L.L.P. Norman Ewart Rosetta Resources, Inc.

Tyrone Lin Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program Julie Merten BP America Inc. Volunteers Thomas Adolph Gary Alfred Diane Bounds Mark Crawford Larkin Eakin David Garver Payal Garehgrat Gina Gilstrap Brian Harris Kason Kerr Maggie Lalande Jerry Larson Louie Layrisson

Pamela Linberg Catherine Matta Jennifer Minnis Justin Murray Raymond Randle Amanda Shaw Deyanira Silva David Tatem Laney Vazquez Kathleen Weir Staci Wilson Forrest Wynn Shira Yoshor Family Law Specialists Bret Bosker Carol Griffin

July 7 Co-chairs Linda Boyle Bracewell & Giuliani LLP Keri D. Brown Baker Botts L.L.P. Sara Longtain Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP Mitch Reid Andrews Kurth LLP David Silbert Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Mingda Zhao Vinson & Elkins LLP

Volunteers Megan Alexander Neal Bakare Anita Barksdale Bridget Burke Avery Carson Nick Demeropolis Zachary Ferreira Todd Frankfort Matthew Galbraith Philip Haines Tracey Leibovitz Meredith Leitner Daniel Leventhal Pamela Linberg Catherine Matta Ryan Morris Safieh Nemazee Alex Niebruegge Farah Paliwala

James Porter Chantal Rappi Mark Shelley Elizabeth Silbert Jeff Smith David Terrell John Yates Family Law Specialists Marjorie Maxwell Ashley Pall Mari Wise July 8 Consejos Legales Volunteers Eddie Cortes Anabel Hernandez Brian Quintero Rick Soliz Joe Villarreal

DRC Attorney Volunteers

Adrian Almaguer Bruce Bain Tony Benedetto Mary Jo Black Samuel Blustein Fran Brochstein Linda Broocks Gerald Brown Gerald Buttrill Marjorie Cotton Bob Devlin Sarah Dietrich Russell Ducoff Shelly Durham Burton Greenfield Jim Greenwood Alan Holzberg David Hsu Angela Johnson Caliph Johnson John Kelly Hon. Katie Kennedy Lori LaConta John Lefeber Derek Lisk Joyce Margarce Tony Musgrave Michele O'Brien Austin O'Toole Brenda Page Christine Polansky Pat Primavera Rebecca Renfro

The Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) of Harris County relies on trained volunteers as mediators and arbitrators. If you are interested in serving as a volunteer and have completed the necessary DRC or DRC approved ADR training, please contact the DRC at 713-755-8274 or [email protected] The DRC and Houston Bar Association would like to thank the following volunteers who mediated DRC cases during June 2010: Jennifer Reynolds Amelia Rodriguez Michael Sanders Maureen Spector Nitin Sud Nina Taylor LeJoi Toliver Jason Truitt David Verbit Ted Weiss Alvin Zimmerman

HBA/CLE August Seminars

The HBA/CLE Fall/Winter Seminar Schedule Online August 9, 2010.


Downolad the schedule or read online. Fall/Winter Seminars will provide nearly 40 hours of free CLE, including ethics hours, for HBA members, at both downtown and West Loop locations. Thursday, August 5, 2010 Latest Changes in the Disciplinary Rules: What This Really Means for Your Practice Daniel D. Horowitz, Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend 1.5 hours MCLE credit, including 1.0 hour ethics credit. Friday, August 20, 2010 Sale of a Law Practice and Death of a Solo Practitioner James E. Brill, Attorney at Law 1.5 hours MCLE credit, including 1.5 hours ethics credit. Friday, August 27, 2010 What is Happening with Harris County Juvenile Law Thomas Brooks, Harris County Detention Center Ron Lewis, Marshall & Lewis, LLP Hon. John Phillips, 314th District Court 1.5 hours MCLE credit, no ethics credit.

Thursday Seminars are held at the Junior League of Houston, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, from 8 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. Friday Seminars are held downtown at the Harris County Jury Assembly Room, 1019 Congress Plaza, 1st Floor, from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. Seminars are free to HBA members only; written materials may by purchased for $15. Non-HBA members will be charged $25 per program, including written materials. Registration at the door only.


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*HBA members must call 713-759-1133 to get the discount code prior to registering.

The State Bar of Texas has resolved that each Texas attorney should aspire to render at least 50 hours of legal services to the poor each year. The following attorneys have taken new pro bono cases through the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program for the month of June 2010. You can join this list of distinguished Houston attorneys by becoming an HBA HVLP volunteer. For information, please contact HVLP executive director, David Mandell at 713-228-0735. Alice Adam, CenterPoint Energy, Incorporated Francisco "Frank" Agraz, Francisco J. Agraz, A Professional Corp. Wande Akinfenwa, Attorney at Law Fields Alexander, Beck Redden & Secrest, L.L.P. Daniel Allison, Vinson & Elkins LLP Judy M. Azzo, The Law Office of Judy Azzo Jesse Bailey, Bailey Law Firm PLLC J. Stephen Barrick, Hicks Thomas LLP Sasha Begum, Attorney at Law Fritz P. Beich, Attorney at Law Peter Bennett, Law Office of Peter Bennett Krisa Renee Benskin, Baker Botts, L.L.P. Paul Bishop, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP J. Thomas Black, Law Office of J. Thomas Black Jason Blackmer, Vinson & Elkins LLP Daniel J. Brink, ExxonMobil Corporation Paul Calzada, The Calzada Law Firm Cheryl Hughes Cannon, Attorney at Law Sanford G. Cohen, Weycer Kaplan Pulaski & Zuber, PC. Hurlie Collier, Baker Hostetler LLP Michael O. Connelly, Connelly · Baker · Wotring Justin Lile Constant, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, L.L.P. Mary-Ellen Conway, Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P. George Craft, Wilson, Cribbs & Gore, P.C. Angela Dixon, Law Office of Angela L. Dixon, P.L.L.C. Daniel Durst, Baker Botts, L.L.P. Andrew Edison, Edison, McDowell & Hetherington LLP Chad Flores, Beck Redden & Secrest, L.L.P. Mary Lou Flynn-Dupart, Jackson Walker, L.L.P. Kristen Ford, Thompson & Knight LLP William C. French, Law Offices of W. C. French Stewart W. Gagnon, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Naomi Garcia, Attorney at Law Anne Gbenjo, Attorney At Law Russell Gips, Vinson & Elkins LLP Linda Glover, Winstead PC Alan J. Guttman, County Attorney's Office Ashley Morgan Hanna, Porter & Hedges LLP Randall "Kyle" Hawes, Chamberlain Hrdlicka White Williams & Martin Clifford J. Hayes, Attorney At Law Kelly Herrera, Strasburger & Price LLP Geoff Hoffman, University of Houston Immigration Clinic Jeffrey Hollis, Baker Botts L.L.P. Richard Horstman, Marathon Oil Company Omonzusi Imobioh, Law Offices of Omonzusi Imobioh Chandria Jackson, Powers & Frost, L.L.P. Ellyn Josef, Vinson & Elkins LLP Lynn Kamin, Jenkins & Kamin, L.L.P. Shannon Keaton, The Keaton Law Firm, PLLC Katherine Kosub Marshall, Scott and Associates Marcy Kurtz, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP Anita Ruth Laven, Coane & Associates Lisa Lazarte, Attorney at Law Joshua Lebar, Winstead PC Stephanie Loomis-Price, Winstead PC Donald "Trey" Mahoney, Howrey LLP Sarah McLean, Thompson & Knight LLP Annette Mitchell, Total E&P USA, Inc. Paul Mizell, Attorney at Law W. Dan Myers, Halliburton Energy Services Inc. Kerri A. Nanni, King & Spalding LLP David Nguyen, Law Offices of David Nguyen, PLLC Lori Noack-May, Hayes & Wilson, PLLC Samira Noorali, Attorney at Law Janet Northrup, Hughes Watters & Askanase LLP Brenda Page, Page Law, PC Kathryn Christine Palamountain, Jones Day Evie Park, Attorney at Law Connie Pfeiffer, Beck Redden & Secrest, L.L.P. Timothy R. Ploch, Timothy R. Ploch, P.C. Shannon Powers, Petroleum Geo Services, Inc. Alexander N. Pyke, Jones Day Michael Reeder, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP Merita Rice, The Rice Law Firm, PLLC Kent W. "Rocky" Robinson, Andrews Kurth LLP Hector Ruiz, Attorney at Law Teresa Schneider, Winstead PC Andrew Schumacher, Winstead PC Edward Sebold, Jones Day Esteban Shardonofsky, Seyfarth Shaw LLP Jeff Skarda, Attorney at Law James Spencer, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP John K. Spiller, Strasburger & Price LLP John Strickland, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP Kameron Swithin, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP Angela Webster, Hicks Thomas LLP Marlen D. Whitley, Thompson & Knight LLP Andrea Wilson, Law Office of Christina Lesher

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HBA/HVLP Pro Bono Volunteers


August Calendar

Entertainment and Sports Law Section Date & Time: Tuesday, August 3, 2010; 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Place: El Meson Restaurant, 2425 University Boulevard, Houston, TX 77005 Cost: $20 for section members; $35 for non-members, lunch is included. Program: Bob Roux, president of Live Nation, to present "Current Developments in the Concert and Live Entertainment Businesses." Information: RSVP to Yocel Alonso at [email protected] Family Law Section Date & Time: Wednesday, August 4, 2010; Noon Place: The Petroleum Club, 800 Bell, 43rd Floor. Cost: $30 for Family Law Section members with timely reservations; $35 for members without reservations and for non-member licensed attorneys and non-attorney guests with timely reservations (non-attorney guests must be accompanied by a Family Law Section member); $40 for late reservations. Program: Please check the Family Law Section Web site,, for program description. Information: For more information or to RSVP, please mail your check (payable to the HBA-Family Law Section) and send to: Kate McConnico, Looper Reed McGraw, 1300 Post Oak Blvd, #2000, Houston, Texas 77056. Reservations will not be taken by phone or at the door. Reservations may be faxed to Kate McConnico at 713-9867100 or emailed to Mary Rowan at [email protected] Labor & Employment Law Section Date & Time: Monday, August 9, 2010; 11:30 a.m - 1:00 p.m. Place: Alden-Houston Hotel, Veranda Room, 1117 Prairie Street, 77002. Cost: $30 for section members and law students, $35 for non-members or persons without an advance reservation. Program: Dennis A. Davis, Ph.D., Ogletree Deakins, and Carolyn Russell, to present "Workplace Violence: Recent Incidents and Theories of Liability." (1.0 hr. MCLE credit). Information: RSVP by 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 4, 2010, to Susan Garrett at [email protected] No phone calls please. Seating is limited and valet parking is available for $5.00; first 30 participants will receive free valet when requested. If you make a reservation and do not attend, you are expected to pay the cost of the lunch unless you cancel by 11:00 a.m. on August 4. Solos Supporting Solos Date & Time: Thursday, August 19, 2010; 7:30 a.m.- 8:30 a.m. Place: Wortham Tower Cafeteria, 2727 Allen Parkway at Waugh. Cost: $5 (breakfast available, but not included in charge.) Program: Kim Singer to present "Internet Marketing for Solos." Information: For reservations contact Lynne Andrews at 713-6267272; fax to 713-626-3606 or email her at [email protected] Appellate Practice Section Date & Time: Thursday, August 19, 2010; 11:30 a.m - 1:00 p.m. Place: Coronado Club, 919 Milam, Suite 500. Cost: $25 for section members who RSVP; $30 for non-members who RSVP and for section member walk-ins; $35 for non-member walk-ins. Program: The Hon. Tracy Christopher to present, "The Latest Proposals from the Supreme Court Advisory Committee--But will the Supreme Court Adopt Any of Them?" (1.0 hr. MCLE credit). Information: To RSVP, please e-mail Tom Van Arsdel at [email protected] by noon on Tuesday, August 17, 2010. Please note that if you RSVP and do not attend, you will be billed for the cost of the luncheon. Reservations are transferable. Association of Women Attorneys Date & Time: Wednesday, August 25, 2010; 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Networking; 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Presentation. Place: Polo's, 3800 Southwest Freeway Cost: No charge for AWA members; $15 for non-AWA members. Program: Cheri Duncan to present "From Michaelangelo to Michael DeBakey: The Art and Science of Effective Legal Writing." Information: To RSVP or for more information, visit or email Stacy Grant at [email protected]

Blood Drive Surpasses Goal

The HBA's Paul E. Stallings Blood Drive collected 6,889 units of blood during the 2009-2010 drive, surpassing its goal of 6,000 units by 15 percent. Thank you to all the firms, companies, courts and individuals who participated. To learn more about hosting a blood drive in your firm or office, please contact the HBA office at 713-759-1133. If you would like to give ndividually, please give the donor code QM07 to have your donation count toward the HBA's Paul E. Stallings Blood Drive. For information on donating, visit

August Blood Drives

Administaff - Kingwood KBR: Kellogg Tower Metro ConocoPhillips RRI Energy Plaza El Paso Corporation Shell: Lubricants/ ExxonMobil Corp. Pennzoil Place Gardere Wynne Sewell Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. LLP HC: Employees

For more information on these and other blood drives in your area, as well as how you can give the gift of life by donating blood, please visit the HBA Web site at


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H ouston B ar a ssociation

Legal Services Community Support Public Education

adheres to those basic principles, but has expanded its goals to include public service and better access to legal services for all citizens in the Greater Houston area. HBA continuing legal education and professional development programs for attorneys are second to none. HBA members contributed over 47,049 volunteer hours to community service projects last year.

Do you have legal questions? Call LegalLine, 1st and 3rd Wednesday, 5-9 p.m., 713-759-1133

The Houston Bar Association's 11,600-plus member attorneys have a continued commitment to serving the legal profession and the community. Established in 1870, the Association's purpose was to maintain high standards in the legal profession and provide legal education for Harris County attorneys. Today the HBA, the fifth largest voluntary bar association in the nation, still The HBA is a non-profit organization supported solely by member dues. In 1982, the HBA established the Houston Bar Foundation, its charitable arm through which many of the HBA's community service projects are funded. This flyer describes the many ways the HBA serves you and the community. Please visit our Web site at for more information and resources.

47,049 Volunteer Hours in Fiscal Year 2009-2010

Interprofessional Communities In Drug Education Alliance (IDEA) Schools 244 500 Fun Run 650 Habitat for Humanity 950 LegalLine 1,468 Fee Dispute Committee 350 Special Olympics 2,120 Speakers Bureau 360 Elder Law 793 Adopt-ASchool Other 450 Community Projects 5,376

Did You Know?

· Membership in the Houston Bar Association is voluntary.

An attorney does not have to join the HBA to practice law in Texas. resource service for its members and the public. If you have a question about legal services or the administration of justice, we will try to answer your questions or direct your call to someone who can provide the answers you need. staff and cannot give legal advice, we may be able to refer you to an appropriate program for help.

· The Houston Bar Association is an information and

Dispute Resolution Center 10,028

· While the Houston Bar Association has no attorneys on

Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program 23,000

· The Supreme Court of Texas licenses attorneys and the

Lawyers Against Waste 760

State Bar of Texas, through the Commission on Lawyer Discipline, governs attorneys, including investigating complaints and handling discipline. For more information, call the State Bar Grievance Committee at (713) 758-8200 or their toll-free number, 1-800-932-1900.

Legal Services

AIDS Outreach Program The AIDS Outreach Committee assists the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program in providing legal services, assistance and education for persons with HIV/AIDS, caregivers and health professionals. For information, call (713) 759-1133. Dispute Resolution Center When problems threaten to become lawsuits, the Dispute Resolution Center offers citizens a free alternative to legal action. Services include community-based mediation, courtordered mediation, arbitration, and moderated settlement conferences. Trained mediators and moderators bring together persons on both sides of an argument and help them reach an agreement before the problem leads to a costly lawsuit or violence. If you have a problem or lawsuit, you may be able to resolve it through the DRC. For more information, call (713) 755-8274. Elder Law Program Senior citizens have unique legal needs. Attorneys visit senior centers to provide legal advice on a bi-monthly basis. An annual WillA-Thon provides no-cost wills and medical directives to low-income seniors to assist them with estate planning. The Elder Law Committee also assists in preparing the free Elder Law Handbook. For Will-A-Thon dates, visit www. For more information, call 713-7591133. Houston Lawyer Referral Service Houston Lawyer Referral Service can recommend a competent attorney who will set (continued)

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up an initial consultation for a reduced fee. Citizens can then decide if they would like to continue the services of that attorney at the attorney's regular fee scale. For income eligible citizens, HLRS has a panel of attorneys who agree to handle cases on a reduced fee scale. HLRS maintains a large panel of attorneys who handle all types of cases. To be referred to a lawyer, call (713) 237-9429. Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program Houston attorneys volunteer their time to provide legal services in civil matters for Houston's needy citizens. This program helps those who cannot get help through other legal aid programs and is based on income eligibility. Special units within the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program handle family law, AIDS, problems of the elderly, low-income tax matters, and veterans' issues. HVLP also sponsors monthly legal advice clinics. To reach the program, call (713) 228-0732.

Legal Handbooks The HBA offers free handbooks in English, Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese and Mandarin Chinese that answer questions on elder law, family law, and consumer law. Copies of the legal handbooks are available online at www. and printed copies are available in the HBA office. To have copies mailed to you or to obtain multiple copies, call the HBA office at (713) 759-1133 for more information. LegalLine Many times, citizens need answers to legal questions or simple legal advice that can be given over the telephone in just a few moments. Or, citizens may need a referral to other legal or social service agencies. On the first and third Wednesday of each month, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., volunteer attorneys answer telephone calls from the public. On the first Thursday of each month, the Mexican-American Bar Association and the Hispanic Bar Association answer

Spanish calls during Consejos Legales, from 6-8 p.m. On the third Tuesday of each month, the Asian legal community answers legal questions for the Vietnamese speaking community, from 5-7 p.m. The LegalLine number is (713) 759-1133. Veterans' Legal Clinics Volunteer attorneys provide advice and counsel to veterans at a Veterans' Legal Advice Clinic held every Friday afternoon from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. Legal advice clinics are also held at some residential facilities for veterans. If veterans need further legal assistance, they may be referred to a pro bono attorney through the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program. For more information call (713) 228-0732.

Community Support

Adopt-A-School The HBA is a partner with B.C. Elmore Middle School in the North Forest Independent School District, providing volunteers for tutoring, mentoring, and campus beautification, as well as donating books, school supplies and other learning tools. In addition, the HBA provides field trips, a newsletter, and other programs to enrich the learning environment. For more information call (713) 759-1133. Blood Drive Partnership Campaign For the eighth year the Houston Bar Association partnered with the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center for a blood drive within the legal community. Over the past year, 6,889 units of blood were collected. The HBA's campaign will continue during the 2010-2011 bar year. For more information call (713) 759-1133. Cell Phone Donation Program HBA members donate used cell phones and battery chargers to benefit residents of local women's shelters and women in potentially violent situations. Phones are recycled through a cellular company's program that refurbishes and sells the phones to raise money for shelters that provide women with access to emergency assistance. For more information call (713) 759-1133. Children's Art Exhibits The HBA has constructed permanent art display cases at the Harris County Family Law Center. Artwork for these cases is provided by community agencies and schools. If you know of a group that would like to display art, call (713) 759-1133. Clothing Drive for the Homeless & Children's Clothing Drive HBA members and support staff from law firms and corporations throughout the city have donated over 167,400 coats and other articles of winter clothing to the HBA's annual coat drive for the homeless. Over 105,500 items, including clothes, diapers, and toys, have been collected in a

Donations from Annual Clothing Drives

HAY Center Project The HBA partners with the Houston Alumni and Youth (HAY) Center to provide legal education and support programs to youth who are aging out of the foster care system and to HAY Center staff. For information call (713) 759-1133. John J. Eikenburg Law Week Fun Run The HBA has raised over $880,000 in support of The Center, which provides education, job training, socialization, and health care to developmentally-disabled persons. A family event open to the public, the Fun Run features a certified, sanctioned 8K course, as well as a one-mile competitive run for children and a one-mile family walk. For more information, call (713) 759-1133.

special spring children's clothing drive that is held each year. The items are distributed to homeless and needy citizens through local shelters and missions. For more information, call (713) 759-1133. Communites In Schools The Houston Bar Association partners with Communities in Schools Houston on the Summer Legal Internship Program, which provides high school students internships and employment opportunities at Houston law firms, corporate legal departments and public legal institutions. For information, contact CIS Houston at (713) 654-1515. Fee Dispute Committee The HBA Fee Dispute Committee sets up panels of attorneys and lay persons that will arbitrate disputes for free between attorneys and clients involving legal fees. For information or to obtain a Fee Dispute application, call (713) 759-1133 or visit Habitat Project The HBA each year collects funds and recruits volunteers for the construction of homes through Houston Habitat for Humanity. To date the HBA has funded and built 13 homes. For information call (713) 759-1133.

Lawyers Against Waste Volunteers from the legal community work in conjunction with the City of Houston and Keep Houston Beautiful to organize an annual event to clean a local park. Volunteers pick up trash, mow, weed, and beautify the area. For information, call (713) 759-1133. Lawyers for Literacy Each year, this committee organizes a drive to collect gently-used books for all reading levels for distribution to schools, veterans' facilities and social service agencies. The program also recruits volunteers to participate in reading enrichment programs at schools and libraries. For information, call (713) 759-1133. Special Olympics Committee Attorneys, along with their families and law firm staff, have devoted thousands of volunteer hours to help with Texas Special Olympics events. Volunteers serve as judges, timekeepers, scorekeepers, and "buddies" to the special athletes who compete in events such as volleyball, softball, basketball, and swimming. For more information, call (713) 759-1133.


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Cyberspace Safety The HBA and the Houston Young Lawyers Association are partnering to distribute the DVD, "R U Safe?: Protecting Yourself in Cyberspace," to all schools in local school districts. Produced by the Texas Young Lawyers Association, the DVD includes four different videos that provide information for elementary, middle and high school students, as well as parents, on topics such as cyber-bullying, "sexting," and Internet predators. For information call (713) 759-1133. IDEA Program The Interprofessional Drug Education Alliance (IDEA) is a partnership between the HBA and the medical community. Teams of lawyers and doctors visit local schools each fall and spring to educate 5th graders on the legal and medical consequences of substance abuse. For more information, call (713) 759-1133. Judicial Polls Believing that an informed electorate is vital to the efficient administration of justice, the HBA asks its members to respond to three polls concerning the judiciary. In election years, a candidate qualification poll is distributed before the primary, followed by a preference poll before the general election. In nonelection years, a judicial evaluation poll gives HBA members the opportunity to evaluate the performance of judges based on various criteria. The results of each of these polls are available on the HBA Web site at For more information, call (713) 759-1133. Juvenile Consequences Partnership A partnership of the HBA, the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department, the Harris County District Attorney's Office and the Houston Police Department provides infor-

mation to youth who have been placed in the deferred prosecution/non-petition program, along with their parents. Each partner discusses its role in the juvenile justice system. For information call (713) 759-1133. Juvenile Justice Mock Trial Program This program has reached over 36,000 students in its 36 years of service, giving them the opportunity to learn about and participate in the judicial process. Working with school districts throughout the area, HBA staff and law students help young teens prepare a "mock trial," assuming the roles of judge, jurors, attorneys, defendants, witnesses, and other court personnel. With the help of the Harris County judges, the students re-enact their trial in a Harris County Courtroom. For more information, call (713) 759-1133. KidZone This section of the HBA Web site provides information and resources for kids, teens, adults and educators on information regarding safety, legal/government education and helpful links. Visit or call (713) 759-1133 for information. Law Student Center This section of the HBA Web site provides information and resources for students in Houston's three law schools, to help them make the most of their law school experience and assist them as they transition from law school to practice. Visit Law Week Activities May 1, Law Day USA, was set aside by Congress in 1958 as a national day of celebrating the rule of law in our society. The HBA plans a number of special events to educate and involve citizens in this annual event.

Public Education

Activities include a poster contest in elementary and middle schools, an essay contest in high schools, legal education programs for children and teens, and extended hours for the Legalline program. To join the celebration, call (713) 759-1133. People's Law School Twice each year the HBA and the University of Houston Center for Consumer Law present a free program to teach citizens about their legal rights. Attorneys and judges present classes on legal topics such as consumer law, landlord/tenant law, criminal law, and wills & probate, as well as how to select and work with an attorney. Popular author and media personality Richard Alderman, "The People's Lawyer," coordinates the program. For more information, call (713) 743-2165 or visit Speakers Bureau The Houston Bar Association provides attorneys willing to speak on legal topics to schools, churches, and other community groups without charge. To arrange for a free speaker, call (713) 759-1133. Voir Dire Program High school seniors learn about the jury selection process and the importance of jury duty in this program conducted by judges and lawyers in real courtrooms. For information, call (713) 759-1133. We Care Cards The HBA produces a wallet-sized card that provides helpful telephone numbers for teens in crisis. The cards have been distributed free to junior highs and high schools in the Houston area for the past 20 years. For more information, call (713) 759-1133.

Mandate on Professionalism

In 1989, the Houston Bar Association Board of Directors unanimously adopted "Professionalism: A Lawyer's Mandate," a creed encouraging its members to uphold the highest standards when dealing with clients, other lawyers, and the courts. To obtain a copy of this mandate, call (713) 759-1133 or visit

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Guardianship Ad Litem Video ­ Attorneys who would like to earn a certificate in Guardianship Ad Litem in the Probate Courts can watch a self-study video in the HBA office. The cost is $70. The video is four hours long and appointments are only scheduled for 9:00 a.m. To schedule an appointment to view the video, contact the HBA office at 713-759-1133. Foundation Offers Assistance to Lawyers ­ The Houston Bar Foundation offers help to needy attorneys through the Lawyers Assistance Program. The Foundation's mission includes providing relief to attorneys who face extreme hardship and financial need due to health or other problems. Applicants may receive assistance by certifying financial need to the Houston Bar Foundation Board of Directors. For guidelines and information, please contact Kay Sim, HBA executive director, at 713-759-1133 or [email protected] Placement Service ­ The HBA offers a placement service for members through a page in The Houston Lawyer, the HBA's bi-monthly magazine. Members who are seeking positions and firms with positions to fill can post brief information. For details, contact Brooke Eshleman at 713-759-1133 or [email protected] Environmental Superconference ­ The 22nd annual Texas Environmental Superconference will be held August 5-6, 2010 in Austin at the Four Seasons Hotel. Co-sponsored by the State Bar of Texas Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section, the Air & Waste Management Association ­ Southwest Section, the Water Environment Association of Texas, the Texas Association of Environmental Professionals, The Auditing Roundtable, and the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, the conference is unique for its themes, skits, quizzes, and prizes, and routinely draws in excess of 500 attendees, from both the public and private sectors. The theme of this year's conference is Disney songs. The conference fittingly is entitled "Superconferencaustintexasexpialidocious" and the Wednesday evening session on oil and gas, "Bella Notte." A highlight of this year's conference is a discussion of federal state relations ("Let's Get Together") by TCEQ Chairman Bryan Shaw and EPA Deputy Regional Administrator Larry Starfield. Other sessions will cover a wide range of environmental topics, including air quality, water quality, climate change, Superfund, enforcement, the Sunset Commission, and environmental justice. The Wednesday evening session will include discussion of legal issues associated with the Deepwater Horizon spill and discussion of technical and legal considerations in shale gas development. For further information about the conference and the Wednesday evening program, go to enewsletter/SCRegistration2010.htm or contact [email protected] MABATX Luncheon ­ The Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas Foundation will host its Fifth Annual Luncheon benefiting Hispanic scholarships on August 18, 2010 at the Downtown Doubletree Hotel. The Foundation is a forum for lawyers to promote the social, economic and educational advancement of the people of Texas. The scholarship program benefits Houston law school students. Underwriting opportunities are available. Tickets are $75 and may be purchased by calling Dan Cratty or Tina Gonzalez at 713222-7211.

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