WBA Selected to receive SBOT Star of Achievement Award

The Woodlands Bar Association is proud to announce that it has been selected by the State Bar of Texas to receive the Stars of Texas Bars Award Star of Achievement.

 

The Stars of Texas Bars Awards are presented by the State Bar of Texas to recognize local bar associations for “outstanding community involvement, commitment to increasing access to justice, and dedication to the profession from May 1, 2012 – April 30, 2013.” The Star of Achievement recognizes outstanding projects and the Woodlands Bar Association in particular is being recognized for the work being done to pass an amendment to the Texas “gifts to public servants” law to allow the continuation of the Bar Association’s pro-bono wills for first responders program. The Bar Association researched the law, prepared an amendment to the statute, worked with local Senators and Representatives to author and introduce the legislation to the Texas Legislature (HB 758/SB 148), worked with the State Bar of Texas as bills were introduced in the House and Senate, testified before the House and Senate Committees, and were actively involved at every step of the legislative process to change the law and allow the Bar Association’s program, and others like it throughout the state, to proceed.

 

The legislation was passed by both the House and the Senate and was sent to the Governor on May 28, 2013.