by Jessica D. Smith
Jonathan Childers Sakina Rasheed Foster Cheryl Camin Murray
Jonathan Childers, Sakina Rasheed Foster, and Cheryl Camin Murray have been named Co-Chairs of the 2017-2018 Equal Access to Justice Campaign benefiting the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (DVAP).
The equal access to justice campaign may be the most important collective effort we endeavor each year as lawyers,” said DBA President Rob Crain. “Our team of chairs and vice chairs represent some of the finest lawyers in our city; they also share a great passion for legal aid for the poor. As judge Merrill Hartman used to say, access to the courts starts with access to a lawyer. We cannot be in better hands for this year’s campaign than this wonderful team led by Cheryl, Jonathan, and Sakina.”
Mr. Childers, a Partner at Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst, LLP, is an experienced trial lawyer whose practice focuses in the areas of business, employment, and energy litigation. A graduate of SMU Dedman School of Law, he is a long-time supporter of the Campaign for Equal Access to Justice. He has been active in the Dallas Bar Association for many years and currently serves on the Board of Directors, as a Co-Vice Chair of the Bench Bar Conference Committee, as Board Advisor to the Legal Ethics Committee and the Science & Technology Law Section, and as the Secretary of the Business Litigation Section.
His community involvement is abundant and diverse. He is a past president of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and of the DAYL Foundation. He has served as Associate of the Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court and currently serves as Barrister of the William “Mac” Taylor Inn of Court. In addition, he serves on the Dedman College Executive Board and the Downtown Dallas YMCA Board of Management, and he is a member of the Dallas Aquatic Masters Swim Team and Highland Park Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Childers has been named one of the “Top 20 Lawyers on the Rise” by Texas Lawyer, listed as a “Best Lawyer” by D Magazine, and designated as a “Rising Star” by Texas Monthly and Law and Politics magazines. He is a 2005 graduate of SMU Dedman School of Law.
Ms. Foster, a 2003 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, is a Partner at Haynes and Boone, LLP in the Finance Practice Group. Her practice focuses on the representation of financial institutions and borrowers in complex commercial loan transactions, as well as airlines and aviation matters.
She has been recognized with numerous awards including Best Lawyer in Dallas by D Magazine, being listed among Up-and-Coming 50: Women Texas Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters 2017, was the 2015 recipient of the DAYL Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, the 2015 recipient of the Outstanding Mentor Award from the Asian Pacific Interest Section of the SBOT, and in 2013 was named to the Lawyers of Color “First Annual Hot List” by Lawyers of Color LLC.
Ms. Foster is very active in the legal community, currently serving on the DBA Board of Directors, and as Board Advisor for the Minority Participation and Peer Assistance Committees and International Law Section. She has served as President of the Dallas Asian American Bar Association and as Secretary-Treasurer on the DBA Board of Directors. In addition, she was a member of the Leadership Dallas Class of 2016 and of the State Bar of Texas LeadershipSBOT Class of 2013-2014. She is Vice-Chair of the SBOT Lawyers’ Assistance Program Committee and a former Advisory Director of the American Muslim Professionals of Dallas. She is a Fellow of the Dallas Bar Foundation and of the DAYL Foundation.
“Dallas has the highest number of people living 185 percent below the poverty line of any American city—and this directly affects our residents’ ability to access to the justice system,” said Ms. Foster. “As lawyers, it is our duty to help those in need gain access to the legal help they need—and that is exactly the mission of the Equal Access to Justice Campaign. I am honored to serve alongside Cheryl and Jonathan to help this worthy cause.”
Ms. Camin Murray, a Shareholder in Winstead’s Healthcare Industry Group and the Corporate Securities/Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group, focuses on healthcare matters, advising providers, financial institutions and businesses on entity formation and structural, contractual and regulatory healthcare issues. A long-time supporter of the Equal Access to Justice Campaign and the DBA, she currently serves on the DBA Board of Directors and is Board Advisor to the Media Relations Committee, and the Antitrust & Trade Regulation and Health Law Sections. She is a co-founder of the DBA Public Forum Committee and has previously chaired the Law in the Community and Schools, Media Relations, and Transition to Law Committees.
She is very active with the State Bar of Texas, having served as both a Texas Bar Foundation Nominating Committee Co-Chair and a Texas Young Lawyers Association Vice President, Director, and former President-Elect Candidate. In addition she is a member of the American Bar Association’s Health Law Section and a World Justice Project former Rule of Law Conference Steering Committee Member, as well as serving in various practice groups in the American Health Lawyers Association. Ms. Camin Murray is a co-founder of the DAYL Freedom Run and has formerly served as the association’s Secretary, Treasurer, and Director.
Her community service ranges from being a Pro Bono Legal Counsel to CONTACT Crisis Line, to Chairman’s Committee Member for the March of Dimes, to Director of the Woodrow Wilson High School Community Foundation, just to name a few.
Ms. Camin Murray is a 1998 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, and is a Fellow of the Dallas Bar Foundation and a Founding Fellow of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers.
“As lawyers we are privileged to have the education to help others seeking justice,” said Ms. Camin Murray. “Those less fortunate do not have the resources to hire someone to advocate for their legal rights. Imagine being in their shoes. Without the support of the Equal Access to Justice Campaign, these people would be mired in dire situations. I am delighted to be working with Sakina and Jonathan on this EAJ initiative, which benefits so many.”
Vice Chairs for the Campaign include Krisi Kastl, of Kastl Law, P.C.; Dan Kelly, of
Energy Future Holdings Corp.; Kathryne Morris, of Strasburger & Price, LLP; and Erin Nowell, of Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett, PC.
The Campaign will culminate at the Inaugural of 2018 DBA President Michael K. Hurst on January 20, 2018.
Jessica D. Smith is the Communications/Media Director of the Dallas Bar Association. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.