December 2020

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Virtual Judicial Recognition Ceremony
Thursday, December 3, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM CST

to celebrate the careers of

Chief Justice Sandee Bryan Marion
Texas 4th Court of Appeals


Judge Karen Pozza
407th Civil District Court

Please join the San Antonio Bar Association and the Bexar County Women's Bar Association as we recognize these esteemed jurists on the occasion of their retirement from the bench. Short program followed by social time.

Registration required.  
Sign the virtual cards - all messages will be delivered to the Judges after the event.

Recipients appreciate general best wishes, but if you can contribute a particular moment, story or memory about the recipient, that makes a great tribute. You can even add a photo! Please note that your tribute message is only viewable to other contributors.

Tributes will be accepted through December 2 at NOON.

Have questions or concerns, contact Ashley Benson at or 210-227-0870.
Sylvia in the late 80's with the first LRS computer
Sylvia in 1994, recipient of the Liberty Bell award for her contribution to the legal community
Sylvia in 2020
SABA employee Sylvia Hernandez retires after 45 years of loyal service
The San Antonio Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) was established in 1967 to provide San Antonio residents free referrals to private attorneys. Sylvia Hernandez has managed the LRS for 45 years and will be retiring December 31, 2020. SABA will host an online Office Hour with Sylvia Hernandez on December 17 at 4:30-5:00 PM on Zoom here. Please join us to share your best wishes for Sylvia.

Read more about her work and life below.


Sign the virtual card - all messages will be delivered to Sylvia after the event.
General best wishes are appreciated, but if you can contribute a particular moment, story or memory about the recipient, that makes a great tribute. You can even add a photo! Please note that your tribute message is only viewable to other contributors.

Tributes will be accepted through December 16 at NOON.

Have questions or concerns, contact Ashley Benson at or 210-227-0870.

SA Bar Foundation Receives Grant to Improves Public Access to Legal Resources in a Post-Pandemic World
The San Antonio Bar Foundation launched and funded the Bexar Outreach Project-Phase I in May 2020, in response to the dramatic increase in public requests for legal information and resources resulting from the Covid-19 crisis.

We are proud to share that the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded a $15K grant to the SA Bar Foundation to continue the work with Phase II of the project. SABA President and SA Bar Foundation Chair, David Evans says, "We are grateful for the support to complete this project that provides an accessible curated resource for Bexar County legal information. Our community benefits when our residents are informed and engaged."

Barbara Chapa
Estorga Law Firm, PLLC
Grant McFarland, Tinsman & Sciano
Lizzie McFarland
Tony Alarcon, Entrust Technologies
SA Bar Foundation's Fun Run For Justice was a Virtual Winner!
SA Bar Foundation's 28th Annual Fun Run for Justice may have been a bit different, but Covid did not stop runners, joggers and walkers from enjoying a variety of challenges from the comfort of their neighborhoods and favorite hiking trails. 

Thank you to our title sponsor, Higdon Hardy & Zuflacht, for their continued support of the Fun Run and the SA Bar Foundation.

Over 400 miles were trekked this year by our social distanced participants! Congratulations to:

Judge in Training Challenge, 1-mile course from the Bexar County Courthouse to the Alamo
In the 9-12 age group, Alex Lumbreras
In the under 8 age group, Savannah Stamps

In the Bar Challenge, a 3-mile virtual trek from the courthouse to the Pearl Brewery,
In the fastest adult male group, Tony Alarcon
In the fastest adult female group, Lizzie McFarland

In the Liberty Challenge, a 6-mile virtual run from the courthouse to the San Antonio Zoo,
In the fastest adult male group, Tony Alarcon
In the fastest adult female group, Bianca Trevino

In the Chief Justice Challenge, a 15-mile virtual walk or run down the historic San Antonio River Walk,
In the fastest adult male group, Tony Alarcon
In the fastest adult female group, Rebecca Castro

Lastly, we had three challengers who completed all challenges,
One winner was selected at random; Monica Stamps.
Thank you again for joining us and we look forward to see you all at next year’s race.

Clark Hill Strasburger, Dykema, Entrust Technologies, Higdon Hardy & Zuflacht, Jackson Walker, Judge Antonia Arteaga, RSM and Tinsman & Sciano.
The Blum Firm, P.C. is pleased to announce that R. Keith Morris, III, has joined the firm as a Partner.

Morris is a leading probate and guardianship litigation attorney, practicing across Texas including in Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Corpus Christi, and San Antonio. In addition to litigation, Morris’s practice also includes estate administration, estate planning, and serving as mediator for probate and guardianship matters. Morris is frequently appointed by county probate courts to serve in a fiduciary capacity as Ad Litem, Administrator, or Guardian.

In Memory of: Arthur Troilo Jr.
From: Joe & Beth Casseb

In Memory of: Damon Ball
From: Thomas Veitch

In Memory of: Richard “Dick” T. Brady
From: Thomas Veitch
In Memory of: Charles Alan Ferguson
From Thomas Veitch
We are nearly halfway to our goal--
Our tally so far is 21 bags!

Thank you to the following SABA Members for pledging to deliver filled bags.

Justice Patricia AlvarezFourth Court of Appeals
Mark Brewster, Brewster Law Firm
Sam Davis, Law Office of Samuel J. Davis
Stephanie Macchia, Elms Macchia, PLLC
Sunny Middleton, Middleton Law Firm
Justice Beth Watkins, Fourth Court of Appeals
 Roller Bag Drive
to benefit
The Children's Shelter

Bag delivery to the Children's Shelter on Saturday December 19

The Outreach Group of William S. Sessions Inn of Court is collecting filled rolling suitcases for children at our local Children’s Shelter. The San Antonio chapter of Inns of Court is challenging legal groups in Bexar County to participate BIG.

The recipient children have been removed from their homes and rarely have items of their own. Personal possessions are often transported in a garbage bag. Help us provide some dignity to these children in care by signing up your firm to fill and deliver a roller bag(s)!


  • Share photos of your firm/court packing/delivering bags
  • Earn bragging rights
  • Member winners will be announced by a legal luminary the week of Dec 21
MEMBER CATEGORIES - SABA member winners are those who deliver the MOST bags on Dec 19
  • Court or Clerk's office
  • Solo Practitioner 
  • Small Firm (2-6 attorneys) 
  • Medium Firm (7-12 attorneys) 
  • Large Firm (13-29 attorneys) 
  • X-Large Firm (30+ attorneys)
San Antonio Legal Services Association 
Remote Alternatives to Guardianship Clinic
Thursday, December 10, 2020
Friday, December 11, 2020
 Saturday, December 12, 2020
Join SALSA as we work in collaboration with TRLA, Disability Rights Texas, the Arc of San Antonio, and St. Mary’s University School of Law to present the remote Alternatives to Guardianship Clinic! Draft supported decision making agreements and powers of attorney to empower young adults with disabilities and their families. Training will be provided and attorney mentors will be available during the clinic to help. We’ll be closing registration 7 days before the clinic, so sign up early! For more information about the clinic, select any of the links below to learn more and sign up for a volunteer session:

The signup links to the individual events are below, or click here to see all of the volunteer opportunities.

ATG Attorney Volunteer Opportunities
Thursday, December 10 
Friday, December 11
Saturday, December 12

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