Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas
Pacesetter Reception 6:00 | Cocktails 6:30 | Dinner 7:00
The Texas Appleseed Board of Directors is pleased to name trial lawyer Robin Gibbs as this year’s Good Apple. Robin spearheads a firm culture committed to pro bono, and his civic and charitable causes have aided communities and at-risk students in Houston and beyond. Robin Gibbs’ legal career spans over 45 years, and he’s regularly regarded as one of the top trial lawyers in the U.S. He began his career at Vinson & Elkins in 1971 and formed Gibbs & Bruns LLP in 1983, now a nationally-recognized litigation boutique acclaimed for its precedent-setting work across various industries. Robin has served as a Trustee of The University of Texas Law School Foundation since 2008, and is presently the Foundation Chair. Texas Appleseed was honored to have his insight and leadership as a Board Member from 2001-2009. Robin and his firm support a number of issues on which Texas Appleseed works, including providing financial, pro bono legal, and other forms of assistance to families affected by Hurricane Harvey; those affected by homelessness and poverty issues; and dropout prevention for at-risk students in Texas. We look forward to honoring Robin with the 2018 J. Chrys Dougherty Good Apple Award on November 15.
Texas Appleseed will present the 2018 Pro Bono Leadership Awards to two outstanding law firms who have been integral to our justice work. Dallas firm Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP has been a major contributor to an important fair housing case that will have an impact on how jurisdictions use disaster recovery dollars. Latham & Watkins LLP in Houston became a pro bono partner in 2015. This year, Latham & Watkins is working with us to complete a toolkit about debtors’ prisons, has developed the core content for a toolkit about school policing and school safety, and is working in conjunction with several other partners to create a guide for criminal attorneys who must notify their clients of potential immigration consequences of their criminal cases.