The Harris County judiciary, in conjunction with the Houston Bar Association, presented the fourth annual Harris County Bench Bar Pro Bono Awards to law firms, a corporate legal department and an individual in a ceremony on April 30 at the Harris County Civil Courthouse.
The awards program was established to recognize outstanding pro bono service through local legal services providers, and to encourage law firms, corporate legal departments and individual attorneys to volunteer direct legal services to low-income Harris County residents. A committee of seven judges and eight attorneys selected the recipients in five categories.
Former Harris County Administrative Judge Joseph J. (Tad) Halbach, Jr. of the 333rd District Court and Houston Bar Association President Denise Scofield presented the following awards for outstanding service: Large Firm – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Mid-size Firm – Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; Small Firm – Weycer, Kaplan, Pulaski & Zuber, P.C. ; Corporation – Exxon Mobil Corporation Law Department; Individual – Peter J. Bennett, Attorney at Law.
“On behalf of the Harris County judges, I want to congratulate these recipients, and thank them for their contributions to ensuring equal access to justice for all,” said Judge Halbach.
“Lawyers, firms and corporate law departments that excel at providing access to justice for those in need deserve our recognition and praise,” said Houston Bar Association president, Denise Scofield.
Each year the award winners names are featured on permanent plaques in the lobbies of the Civil Courthouse, Criminal Justice Center, Family Law Center and Juvenile Justice Center in downtown Houston.