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Sarah Rogers Receives TYLA President’s Award of Merit

June 21, 2011

Presentation of awards honoring exceptional service to the public and the legal profession will be a highlight of the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, to be held June 23-24 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.

The following Dallas area individuals and organizations are among those being honored:

Paul Talmage Boston, Jr. and Terry Bentley Hill, Presidential Citations.

Patience LeBlanc of Frisco, Teacher of the Year, Law-Related Education, presented by the Texas Lawyers Auxiliary.

Wendy D. May, Nancy L. Garms Memorial Award, for outstanding contributions to law-focused education.

Omar J. Alaniz, Outstanding Young Lawyer of Texas Award, presented by the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA). Alaniz has shown uncommon leadership both in his profession and his community as a committed volunteer, whether developing programs for students, coaching a moot court team, or taking pro bono cases. Last year alone, he devoted more than 500 pro bono hours. He serves as vice president of membership of the State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Section, where he was instrumental in developing and implementing MoneyWise, a comprehensive financial education program targeted to high school students. In addition, the Bankruptcy Law Section is presenting Alaniz with its John C. Akard Community Service Award.

Christina Melton Crain, Outstanding Mentor Award, presented by TYLA. Melton Crain has provided steady mentoring and leadership to the community and Bar for more than a decade. During her tenure as Dallas Bar Association president, she selected “Mentoring the Next Generation” as her theme and implemented the Amachi Program, inspired by her work on the Texas Board of Criminal Justice. She has recently worked to launch DOORS, a nonprofit aimed at reducing recidivism.

Dr. Walter H. Nguyen, Liberty Bell Award, presented by TYLA to honor an outstanding non-lawyer who has made a selfless contribution to his or her community to strengthen the effectiveness of the American system of justice. Dr. Nguyen has instilled a better appreciation of the law through his work serving immigrant women and children who have survived domestic violence or human trafficking. He founded Mosaic Family Services and built it from a $50,000 nonprofit with five employees to a multimillion dollar agency with over 40 employees.

Kendall Hayden, Outstanding First-Year Director, presented by TYLA. Hayden created, implemented and expanded How to Get a Job After Law School – The Unclassified Story. A panel discussion where students could engage with practicing attorneys to learn how to creatively search for a job, receive networking ideas, and learn tips on interviewing and résumé building, it quickly expanded from three to six law schools. She also helped translate the Loan Modification Scam Pamphlet and The Little Voice pamphlet and poster from English to Spanish.

Lacy L. Durham, Zeke Fortenberry, Kenneth C. Riney, Chris Rogers and Sarah Rogers, TYLA President’s Awards of Merit.

Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., W. Frank Newton Award, presented by the State Bar Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee. Last year, 452 Texas attorneys – or 92 percent - participated in Fulbright’s pro bono activities. In addition, 223 non-attorney volunteers participated in pro bono activities, not including the secretarial and legal assistant services provided on pro bono cases handled by the firm. Fulbright’s four Texas offices donated 46,524 pro bono attorney hours to people and organizations in need in 2010.

Gary F. Kennedy, Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Award, presented by the Texas Access to Justice Commission.

Robert H. Mow, Jr., Ronald D. Secrest Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award, presented by the Texas Bar Foundation.

William L. Wallander, Outstanding Service Award, presented by the Bankruptcy Law Section.

Judge Robert C. McGuire, Banco Rotto Award, presented by the Bankruptcy Law Section.

Rep. Jerry Madden of Richardson, Special Service Award, presented by the Municipal Judges Section.

Gloria Porter of Denton, Outstanding Committee Chair Award, presented by the Paralegal Division.

Lisa Pittman of Denton, Special Recognition Award, presented by the Paralegal Division.

Mary Korby, Sarah T. Hughes Award, presented by the Women and the Law Section. This award honors the accomplishments of women who have achieved outstanding recognition in their professional area and who, by doing so, have paved the way for success for other women attorneys.

Dallas Bar Association, Star of Achievement, Mock Voir Dire Project.

The State Bar of Texas is an administrative agency of the Supreme Court of Texas that provides educational programs for the legal profession and the public, administers the minimum continuing legal education program for attorneys, and manages the attorney discipline system.