Dallas Bar Association

DBA Sporting Clay Shoot

by Wes Alost

On Saturday, April 2, DBA members and guests participated in the first Dallas Bar Association Sporting Clays event at Elm Fork Shooting Sports in Dallas. The event was organized and hosted by the DBA Entertainment Committee, chaired byJennifer King, of Burford & Ryburn, L.L.P. Sporting Clays has been a popular activity at the DBA Bench/Bar Conference for several years. The April event, however, was the first DBA Sporting Clays event held in the DFW area. Proposed by DBA President Barry Sorrels, the event presented another opportunity for DBA members to network or simply socialize with peers, clients and family members.

For those unfamiliar with the activity, Sporting Clays has been referred to as “golf with a shotgun.” Like golf courses, no two sporting clays courses are alike, and targets are presented in a variety of challenging ways. Rather than having clay targets thrown at consistent distances and angles as with other shooting activities, sporting clays courses are designed to simulate actual hunting conditions. Elm Fork Shooting Sports features two sporting clays courses, as well as skeet and trap facilities, and ranges for pistol, rifle and archery practice. Scott Doggett, of Burford & Ryburn, L.L.P., said the event was “a great opportunity to entertain clients and colleagues at a location that is 20 minutes from downtown Dallas, but seems hours away.” Todd Ramsey, of the PayneMitchell Law Group, agreed: “It was a great opportunity for lawyers, clients and friends to enjoy each other’s company, network together and take pleasure in the outdoors.”

While the competition was friendly, high scorers were recognized. Mr. Doggett achieved the highest men’s score, Ms. King achieved the highest women’s score and Julie Reedy, of the Law Office of Julie C. Reedy, achieved the highest score for a beginner. Todd Groves, a guest of DBA member Michael Hurst, Jim Rea of McGuire, Craddock & Strother, P.C. and Larry Flournoy of Jordan, Houser & Flournoy, LLP, were also recognized as high scorers.

Based upon the positive feedback, the Sporting Clays event is expected to become an annual occurrence. If you would like to receive special notice of future DBA Sporting Clays events in the Dallas area, please email Rhonda Thornton at rthornton@dallasbar.org or Wes Alost, of Jones Carr McGoldrick, LLP, at wes.alost@jcmfirm.com.

Wesley S. Alost is a partner with Jones Carr McGoldrick, LLP practicing in the areas of products liability and commercial litigation.  He can be reached at wes.alost@jcmfirm.com.

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