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Posted on: Jul 24, 2019


The public is invited to a public forum titled “School Shooter Safety: What You Need to Know to Keep Your Kids Safe,” Monday, August 12, Noon-1:00 p.m.

The forum will begin promptly at NOON at the Pavilion at the Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Avenue in downtown Dallas (garage parking available; enter from Olive Street). The event is free to attend. An optional $14.95 lunch buffet will begin at 11:30 a.m.

Speakers include: Sherry West Christian, Dallas ISD Superintendent of Student Services; Chief John Lawton, Dallas ISD Acting Chief of Police; and moderator Nigel Wheeler, Attorney at Bracewell LLP, and Co-Vice Chair of the DBA’s Public Forum/Media Relations Committee.

Sponsored by the Public Forum/Media Relations Committee of the Dallas Bar Association, the program is intended to educate the Dallas legal community and public of current issues on the topic. The Dallas Bar Association is a non-partisan organization.

Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to jsmith@dallasbar.orgso adequate seating is available.

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The Dallas Bar Association is a professional, voluntary organization of more than 11,000 Dallas-area attorneys. Find out more at www.dallasbar.org.

Posted on: Jun 17, 2019


The Dallas Bar Association (DBA) accepted several awards for its programs and services at the State Bar of Texas (SBOT) Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.

The State Bar’s Local Bar Services Committee selected the DBA as the recipient of the prestigious Award of Merit for outstanding services to its members and the community, and the Outstanding Partnership Award for the Texas High School Mock Trial Program, which recently celebrated its 40th year.

Additionally, Headnotes, the official newsletter of the DBA, received two Star of Achievement Awards for outstanding articles written by DBA members and published in Headnotes:

  • Best Substantive Law Series on Family Law: Dawn Budner, of Calabrese Budner LLP; Elizabeth Brandon and Victor Vital, of Barnes & Thornburg LLP; and Bryan Ballew and Constance Mims, of Beal Law Firm.

  • Best Feature/General Series on Mental Health Awareness: Terry Bentley Hill, of The Law Offices of Terry Bentley Hill; Michael K. Hurst, of Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst, LLP; and Kelly Rentzel, of Texas Capital Bank.

The awards are presented by the State Bar of Texas to recognize local bar associations for outstanding community involvement, commitment to increasing access to justice and dedication to the profession. The publication awards honor exceptional reporting, originality, and impact on the legal profession.

In addition, the DBA will be presented with the E. Smythe Gambrell Award for Professionalism from the American Bar Association for the Day of Civility program, which the judges said “represents an exemplary and innovative approach to educating lawyers about the importance of professionalism and civility in carrying out their legal responsibilities.”

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The Dallas Bar Association is a professional, voluntary organization of more than 11,000 Dallas-area attorneys. To find out more, log on to www.dallasbar.org.

Posted on: May 20, 2019


The Dallas Bar Association (DBA) accepted several awards for its programs and services at the State Bar of Texas (SBOT) Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.

The State Bar’s Local Bar Services Committee selected the DBA as the recipient of the prestigious Award of Merit for outstanding services to its members and the community, and the Outstanding Partnership Award for the Texas High School Mock Trial Program, which recently celebrated its 40th year.

Additionally, Headnotes, the official newsletter of the DBA, received two Star of Achievement Awards for outstanding articles written by DBA members and published in Headnotes:

  • Best Substantive Law Series on Family Law: Dawn Budner, of Calabrese Budner LLP; Elizabeth Brandon and Victor Vital, of Barnes & Thornburg LLP; and Bryan Ballew and Constance Mims, of Beal Law Firm.

  • Best Feature/General Series on Mental Health Awareness: Terry Bentley Hill, of The Law Offices of Terry Bentley Hill; Michael K. Hurst, of Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst, LLP; and Kelly Rentzel, of Texas Capital Bank.

The awards are presented by the State Bar of Texas to recognize local bar associations for outstanding community involvement, commitment to increasing access to justice and dedication to the profession. The publication awards honor exceptional reporting, originality, and impact on the legal profession.

In addition, the DBA will be presented with the E. Smythe Gambrell Award for Professionalism from the American Bar Association for the Day of Civility program, which the judges said “represents an exemplary and innovative approach to educating lawyers about the importance of professionalism and civility in carrying out their legal responsibilities.”

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The Dallas Bar Association is a professional, voluntary organization of more than 11,000 Dallas-area attorneys. To find out more, log on to www.dallasbar.org.

Posted on: Feb 5, 2019


The Dallas Bar Association (DBA) and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas have concluded their annual “Equal Access to Justice Campaign,” which funds the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program to provide free legal assistance to over 4,000 low-income families with civil legal needs each year. This year the lawyers of Dallas raised a record-breaking amount of $1,169,349 for pro bono legal services to the poor.

The Co-Chairs of the 2018-2019 Campaign were Krisi Kastl, of Kastl Law, P.C.; Dan Kelly, of Vistra Energy; Kathryne “Kate” Morris, of Clark Hill Strasburger; Mary Scott, of Spencer Scott PLLC; and Honorary Chair Julia Simon, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary of Mary Kay, Inc.

Campaign proceeds will be used to continue to expand DVAP’s work in the community. With more than 600,000 people meeting legal aid’s financial guidelines for assistance, there is more work to be done in keeping access to the courts open in Dallas. DVAP will focus its efforts on recruiting more volunteer attorneys to represent clients in more complex cases and contested family law cases.

Donors of $10,500 and up were:

CHAMPION OF JUSTICE ($40,500)—Debra & E. Leon Carter

PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL ($30,500)—Jerry & Sherri Alexander; Connatser Family Law; Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP; Hartline Dacus Barger Dreyer LLP

CHAIRMAN’S COUNCIL ($25,500)—Anonymous; Lisa Blue & Jeff Tillotson

GOLD PATRON ($20,000)—Margaret & Jaime Spellings

DIAMOND SPONSORS ($15,500)—AT&T; Dallas Association of Young Lawyers; Mike A. Myers

PLATINUM SPONSORS ($10,500)—Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Botts L.L.P.; DBA Business Litigation Section; DBA Corporate Counsel Section; Deans & Lyons LLP; Exxon Mobil Corporation; Fears Nachawati Law Firm; The Hartnett Law Firm; Haynes and Boone   Foundation; Jackson Walker L.L.P.; Jones Day; KASTL LAW, PC; Kirkland & Ellis LLP; Latham & Watkins LLP; Locke Lord LLP; Mike McKool; Schiff Hardin LLP; Sidley Austin, LLP; Thompson & Knight Foundation; Trinity Industries; Vinson & Elkins LLP; Vistra Energy; Winston & Strawn LLP

DVAP is a joint program of the Dallas Bar Association and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas. DVAP conducts neighborhood legal clinics each month at seven community locations, and provides specialty legal clinics for veterans and the elderly. DVAP recruits and trains volunteer attorneys, and provides staff support to the volunteers.

For more information on the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program or the Equal Access to Justice Campaign, contact Michelle Alden, Director of the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, at aldenm@lanwt.org or (214) 748-1234.

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The Dallas Bar Association is a professional, voluntary organization of more than 11,000 Dallas-area attorneys. Find out more at www.dallasbar.org. To find out more about the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, log on to www.dallasvolunteerattorneyprogram.org.