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Richard Tate Receives 2016 James B. Sales Pro Bono Leadership Award

Houston Bar Foundation Awards Pro Bono Service, Volunteer Contributions and Legal Writing

By Mary Flood on February 21, 2017 at 4:13 PM

This just in from the Houston Bar Foundation:

(HOUSTON – February 21, 2017) – The Houston Bar Foundation (HBF) celebrated its 35th Anniversary at a luncheon today at the Marriott Marquis Houston, where it announced its annual awards for pro bono service, volunteerism and legal writing. Travis J. Sales of Baker Botts L.L.P. also took office as the 2017 chair of the HBF, succeeding Denise Scofield of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. The HBF is the charitable arm of the Houston Bar Association (HBA) that enables the organization to fund crucial programs that provide legal services and support the administration of justice for all Harris County citizens.

  • Richard L. (Dick) Tate, partner at Tate, Moerer & King LLP, was named the seventh recipient of the James B. Sales Pro Bono Leadership Award. Tate has served as chair of the board of directors of the Texas Access to Justice Foundation (TAJF) for two decades. Under his leadership, TAJF funds more than 37 nonprofit legal organizations that provide assistance in civil matters to more than 100,000 low-income Texas families each year, in matters that include protection from domestic violence, maintaining public benefits, protection from consumer scams, and veterans legal services.

The Foundation also named the recipients of awards for outstanding contributions to the Houston Volunteer Lawyers (HVL), which provides pro bono legal services to low-income residents; for volunteer service to the Dispute Resolution Center, providing free alternatives to formal litigation; and for legal writing in the HBA’s professional journal.