2020 Good Apple Event Honorees

J. Chrys Dougherty Good Apple Award Recipient

Senator Kirk Watson

The Texas Appleseed Board of Directors is proud to name Senator Kirk Watson, Founding Dean of the University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs, this year’s Good Apple. Known for his collaborative style and vision for what the community wants, Senator Watson has shaped public policy at both the state and local levels for three decades. His distinguished career includes serving as Chair of the Texas Air Control Board, Mayor of Austin, and Texas State Senator. As Senator, he worked to ensure Texas provided children the opportunity to thrive with excellent public schools, and he advocated for government accountability, including strengthening Texas’ open records law. His vision to transform the health and economy of Austin and Travis County resulted in the creation of the Dell Medical School and the Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas at Austin. And he led efforts to develop a center for world-class brain health treatment, research, and education — improving access to quality mental health care for all Texans. For his exemplary leadership and effectiveness as a public servant, Texas Appleseed is proud to honor Senator Watson with the 2020 J. Chrys Dougherty Good Apple Award.

Pro Bono Leadership Award Recipients

Texas Appleseed is pleased to present the 2020 Pro Bono Leadership Awards to two outstanding law firms who have been integral to our justice work. 

The team at Davis, Cedillo & Mendoza, Inc. are critical to our efforts to protect borrowers and end the unlawful use of criminal charges by payday loan businesses to collect debts. We continually turn to them for sound advice on civil cases related to abuses by payday lenders in Texas — including amicus briefs and case updates. 

Longtime supporters of Texas Appleseed, the attorneys at Fish & Richardson P.C. have proven to be indispensable partners. They have lent their skills and dedication to many Texas Appleseed projects in recent years, having taken on everything from drafting an amicus brief supporting our criminal justice work to engaging in meticulous research regarding civil asset forfeiture and disaster recovery.