Past Events:

2019 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting - Austin, TX
2019 Texas African American Lawyers Summit & Awards

The 4th Annual State Bar of Texas African American Lawyers Section Summit & Awards Luncheon (SBOT AALS Summit & Awards) was held on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the University of North Texas Dallas College of Law, 1901 Main Street, Dallas, Texas 75201, from 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.  The SBOT AALS Summit & Awards is a premier professional development and networking event, with CLE modules (MCLE: 6 hours, with 2 hours of Ethics included) and presentations designed for a variety of practitioners in various practice areas, with particular focus on issues relevant to the African-American community.  Thompson & Knight LLP, Winstead PC, COFFEE, Inc. (Communities Organized For Fairness Equity & Empowerment), and UNT Dallas College of Law were sponsors of the event.

 

Through the AALS Awards, the AALS Summit also provided a unique opportunity for the State Bar of Texas and the African American Lawyers Section to honor those who have distinguished themselves in the profession.  This year, the SBOT AALS Award recipients were:

•             Wesley Terrell (AT&T), recipient of the AALS Trailblazer Award, which recognizes an outstanding attorney who – through professional and personal determination, specific action, and unwavering commitment - has promoted the interests of justice in the legal profession and the pursuit of issues relevant to African-American Lawyers in Texas in a manner that is both unique to the advancement of the endeavor and beneficial to others. 

•             Judge Tonya Parker (116th District Court, Dallas County, Texas), recipient of the AALS Distinguished Jurist Award, which recognizes an outstanding jurist who – through the administration justice – is worthy of particular distinction, and who serves as an exemplar to the legal profession generally and to African-American Lawyers in Texas specifically. 

•             Rhonda Hunter (Past-President of the J.L. Turner Legal Association, and the first African-American President of the Dallas Bar Association in 2004), recipient of the AALS Outstanding Achievement Award, which recognizes an outstanding individual who – through personal and professional commitment and accomplishment – is worthy of recognition for one or more accomplishments that have upheld the ideals of the legal profession, promoted the interests of justice, and served as an exemplar to African-American Lawyers in Texas. 

2018 AALS, Houston Local Bar and BLSA Mixer 
AALS, Dallas Local Bar and BLSA Mixer - September 6, 2018
Texas African American Lawyers Summit 2018

On April 28, 2017, the section hosted its third Texas African American Lawyers Summit at UNT Dallas College of Law, which was free to members and featured six hours of CLE and an awards ceremony. This year, the AALS recognized Hon. Royal Furgeson (Trailblazer Award), Hon. Darrell Jordan (Distinguished Jurist Award), and Hon. Andrew Carruthers (Outstanding Achievement Award). Sponsors included The Withespoon Law Group, Rivon Law Firm, PLLC, UNT Dallas College of Law, and RICOH.

On April 28, 2017, the section hosted its third Texas African American Lawyers Summit at UNT Dallas College of Law, which was free to members and featured six hours of CLE and an awards ceremony. This year, the AALS recognized Hon. Royal Furgeson (Trailblazer Award), Hon. Darrell Jordan (Distinguished Jurist Award), and Hon. Andrew Carruthers (Outstanding Achievement Award). Sponsors included The Withespoon Law Group, Rivon Law Firm, PLLC, UNT Dallas College of Law, and RICOH.