Good Apple Dinner

2023 Good Apple Dinner honoring Melanie Gray and Mark Wawro

Thank you to everyone who supported and attended the Good Apple Dinner on November 15, 2023, at the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel in Austin. We are so pleased to honor Melanie Gray and Mark Wawro with the 2023 J. Chrys Dougherty Good Apple Award for their inspiring leadership, commitment to justice, and extensive community service. 

Texas Appleseed also presented the 2023 Pro Bono Leadership Awards to Akin, DLA Piper LLP (US), and Hogan Lovells for their work to translate and update the Children at the Border report and partnering with us on numerous other efforts to spur racial, social, and economic justice. 

Thank you again for supporting the 2023 Good Apple Dinner. When you give to Texas Appleseed, you help children, families, and communities through positive policy change. Your support is crucial to ensuring justice and opportunity for all Texans.

Tribute to Melanie Gray and Mark Wawro - 2023 Good Apple Award

Host Committee

Keri Brown
Patrick Cantilo
Ricardo Cedillo
Dawn Estes
N. Scott Fletcher
Craig B. Florence
Susan Hartman
Layne Kruse
Elizabeth Mack
Gina DeBottis Metts
Ann Marie Painter
Eric Taube
Laranda Walker



Melanie Gray and Mark Wawro



Baker Botts LLP


Sidley Austin LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP



Cantilo & Bennett, L.L.P.

Davis, Cedillo & Mendoza, Inc.

DLA Piper LLP (US)

Foley & Lardner LLP and Craig B. Florence

Haynes Boone

Susan Karamanian

Latham & Watkins LLP

Locke Lord LLP

Katie Sammons and Terry Lohrenz / Trey Peacock

Margaret and Joel Shannon

Susman Godfrey LLP and Laranda Walker

Vistra Corp


Alexander Dubose & Jefferson LLP

Arnold & Porter

Center for Women in Law

Chamblee Ryan

Hon. Debra Danburg and Randy Chapman

James V. Derrick, Jr.

Enoch Kever PLLC and the Pruegers

Estes Thorne Ewing & Payne

Fletcher Held


FTI Consulting

R. James George, Jr.

Gibbs & Bruns

Greenberg Traurig

Hartline Barger LLP

The Hohmann Law Firm

Holland & Knight

King & Spalding

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Christina and Jadd Masso

Mayer Brown LLP

Sherry and Gerald Merfish

Norton Rose Fulbright and Layne Kruse

Perkins Coie LLP

Scott Douglass McConnico

Marc Seltzer / Steven Sklaver

Victoria and David Sharp

Karen and Harry Susman / Shelley and Alex Kaplan

Thompson Coburn LLP

Karyl Van Tassel / J. S. Held

Yetter Coleman LLP


Special Thanks

Carter Arnett PLLC • Kent Caperton PC

Fish & Richardson P.C. • Hogan Lovells

Elizabeth and Justin Nelson • Isabelle and Eric Mayer

Nancy McGregor and Neal Manne • Nancy and Scott Atlas

David J. Beck • Lauren and Geoffrey Harrison

Ginni and Richard Mithoff • Alicia and Shawn Raymond

Regina Rogers • Nicola Fuentes Toubia • Cissy and T. John Ward