Clutch City Counsel Recap & Photos 

Clutch City Counsel at Mr. Peeples with the General Counsels of the Astros, Rockets, Texans, and Dynamo/Dash was a huge success. It was impressive to see this group together up on stage and hear how they achieved a career in law and sports and what their biggest challenges are as general counsels of Houston's professional sports teams. Thank you to our speakers: Astros General Counsel, Giles Kibbe; Rockets' General Counsel, Rafael Stone; Texans' General Counsel, Suzie Thomas; Texans' Associate General Counsel, Greg Kondritz; and Dynamo/Dash General Counsel, Lance Eversole. Our Clutch City Counsel co-chairs and moderators did a remarkable job putting together this event. Thank you, Patrick McMillin and Kurt Krolikowski! Thank you to the Generation Generosity Committee for collecting donations of coats and winter clothing items at Clutch City Counsel to donate to the Beacon. Pictures courtesy Vicky Pink Productions. Click here to view the rest of the photos from the event! 

This event would not be possible without the generous support from our sponsors: 

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Frost Bank 
Locke Lord LLP
 10 Volunteers Needed to Deliver Lunch & Interact with Patients in the Spinal Cord Unit at the VA Hospital on March 9th

As part of HYLA's Generation Generosity community service efforts, we are looking for 10 HYLA volunteers to serve lunch and interact with the patients in the spinal cord unit at the VA Hospital on Wednesday, March 9th. Please contact Nate Walton at or (281) 914-2356 if you are interested and available to volunteer. Many of the patients are not able to leave their rooms so the volunteers will help deliver to each patient's room and chat for a few minutes. Please share with anyone that you think may be interested in volunteering! Even though it is short notice and spring break, we are confident we can get 10 volunteers so that we can accommodate the hospital's schedule.

We are proud to partner with Soldiers' Angels for this event. Please check out their website if you have a moment at
HYLA Award Nominations due March 11th for Outstanding Young Lawyer, Outstanding Mentor, and Liberty Bell Award

HYLA is seeking nominations for: (1) The Outstanding Young Lawyer Award; (2) The Outstanding Mentor Award; and (3) The Liberty Bell Award. The nominations are due to HYLA on March 11th. We invite you to help honor the members of your community. Then the nominating committee for each award will make a recommendation that will be voted on by the HYLA Board at the Annual Meeting on March 23rd. The HYLA Board will vote and submit the three Houston award winners to Texas Young Lawyers Association ("TYLA") on April 4th for consideration at the state-wide level. In addition, the HYLA award winners will be recognized at the Law Day Luncheon on May 3rd at the Four Seasons Hotel. Click here for more information on nomination criteria (it's the same for HYLA & TYLA - only the HYLA date is March 11th) and past state-wide TYLA winners. 
  • Outstanding Young Lawyer - recognizes one young lawyer who has demonstrated professional proficiency, service to the profession, and service to the community. Please submit your Outstanding Young Lawyer nominations to Immediate Past President, Jessica Hart, at  and Lucy Cain at  by March 11th. 
  • Liberty Bell Award - recognizes one outstanding non-lawyer in Texas who has made the most selfless contribution to his or her community to strengthen the effectiveness of the American system of Justice by instilling better understanding and appreciation of the law. Please submit your Liberty Bell Award nominations by March 11th to President-elect, Arthur Bryan, II at and Lucy Cain at
  • Outstanding Mentor Award - recognizes one attorney who has consistently demonstrated a commitment to mentoring young lawyers in his or her legal community. Please submit your Outstanding Mentor Award nominations to Lucy Cain at by March 11th. 

Tuesday March 8, 2016 
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM CST

Please join HYLA for a one hour CLE on the State Bar of Texas grievance system and examples of lawyer misconduct that violate the Disciplinary Rules. One hour of MCLE is approved, including 1 hour of ethics. This CLE is on Tuesday, March 8th from 12-1 PM at the Harris County Law Library (1019 Congress Ave. 77002). Free for HYLA Members and $30 for non-HYLA Members. Click  here  to register and for more information. 

HYLF Grant Applications Due March 18, 2016

Every year, Houston Young Lawyers Foundation supports charitable organizations through grants. The HYLF Grant Program is designed to support, promote and encourage charitable organizations and activities in Harris County, Texas. HYLF specifically provides funding for specified projects to be undertaken in the following year related to: (1) the furtherance of justice and legal education through the sponsorship and encouragement of legal research, publications, institutes and forums; (2) the institution and maintenance of legal aid facilities for the indigent or working poor and the optimization of aid grants from governmental and private sources; (3) support of youth through athletic and educational forums; and/or (4) any other activity that will promote and aid an improved system for the administration of justice and the improvement of the Bench and Bar in Harris County, Texas, and elsewhere.

In considering requests for grants, the HYLF Board of Trustees requires that the programs for which the applicant seeks funds serve the people of Harris County. The HYLF Grant Program Guidelines and Application are posted below. All applications are due by March 18, 2016. For more information on the HYLF Grant Program, please contact Josh Fuchs at Click here for more information. 
Energy Counsel Meeting on Wednesday, March 16th 

The HYLA Energy Counsel Committee is meeting on Wednesday, March 16th from 6:30-7:30 PM at Norton Rose Fulbright, LLP at 1301 McKinney, 51st Floor. 
HYLA Night at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston on March 24th
Please join HYLA for its night at the Museum of Fine Arts,  Houston on Thursday, March 24th, from 6 to 8 PM. Food trucks, music by DJ Sun, and beautiful art. Free for HYLA members, $20 for non-HYLA members. To register and for more information click  here.
Save the Date - HYLA Women's Mentoring Breakfast on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 from 7:30-9 AM

The HYLA Spring Women's Mentoring Event will feature guest speaker, Shelley Hicks, Deputy Chief and Director of the Special Prosecutions Division (e.g., terrorism, alien smugglers, child exploitation) with the Houston US Attorney's Office. Stay tuned for more information. Thank you to Meghan McElvy and Lauren Brogdon for setting up these fantastic women's networking events! 

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You
HYLA LegalLine Night at the HBA
Thank you to the following HYLA Volunteers who participated in the HBA LegalLine Program on February 15th:  Kristin Bollinger, Arthur L. Bryan, II, Jody-Ann Greenwood, and Paul LeBlanc.
HYLA and Making It Better Night at Clayton Homes

Thank you to the following HYLA volunteers who participated in Making It Better's February 18th program at  Clayton Home:   Arthur L. Bryan, II, Anthony Brown, James Clark, Alton James, III, Paul LeBlanc, Leena Ninam, Brittany Ramirez, Jana Thompson and Belashia Wallace .
HYLA Generation Generosity Committee
Winter Clothing Distribution
Our final thank you to the HYLA volunteers, Andrew Bivona, Nicole Gustafson, and Alton James, III for distributing coats and winter clothing that were donated by HYLA Members at the Clutch City Counsel event to at the Beacon on Saturday, February 27th.  If you want to volunteer for the next program, please contact Andrew Bivona at