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Dallas Bar Association Elects 2018 Officers; Presents Awards

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Dallas Bar Association, a voluntary organization comprised of more than 11,000 lawyers, recently held its Annual Meeting, where the membership recognized its officers for 2018. Officers are Michael Hurst, of Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst, President; Laura Benitez Geisler, of the Geisler Law Firm, President-Elect; Robert Tobey, of Johnston Tobey Baruch, First Vice-President; Aaron Tobin, of Condon Tobin Sladek Thornton, Second Vice-President; and Vicki D. Blanton, of AT&T, Secretary-Treasurer. Rob Crain, of Crain Lewis Brogdon LLP, will serve as Immediate Past President.

The DBA also recognized several notable awards recipients at its Awards Luncheon on November 7. Kim Askew, of K&L Gates, was awarded the inaugural DBA Distinguished Service Award. This award, which going forward will be named the Kim Askew Distinguished Service Award, recognizes the DBA member who, through service to the Association and the Dallas community, has shown a lasting dedication to good works—above and beyond the traditional service of DBA members—while promoting good relations among lawyers, the judiciary, and the community.

Each year, the Texas Center for Legal Ethics & Professionalism co-sponsors the presentation of the Morris Harrell Professionalism Award with the DBA. The award was created in 1999 in honor of DBA Past President Morris Harrell to recognize an attorney who best exemplifies, by conduct and character, truly professional traits who others in the bar seek to emulate. This year’s Morris Harrell Professionalism Award recipient was Roy Stacy, of Stacy Conder Allen LLP.

Receiving the Outstanding Minority Attorney Award was Jennifer Wang, of Carter Scholer PLLC.  This award is presented to a DBA minority member who has worked tirelessly behind the scenes on DBA projects.

In addition, the Jo Anna Moreland Outstanding Committee Chair Awards were presented to Kathy Roux, of the Law Office of Kathy E. Roux, Chair of the Minority Participation Committee, and Alex Farr, of Vinson & Elkins LLP, and Keith Pillers, of Bank of Texas, Co-Chairs of the Publications Committee. The Intellectual Property Law Section, chaired by Marc Hubbard, of Hubbard Johnston, PLLC, received the Cathy Maher Special Section Award.


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