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Dallas Bar Association






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Equal Access to Justice:


Donations More Critical in 2009


J     e Dallas Bar Association and Legal Aid of
     NorthWest Texas will recognize major donors to the
     Annual Campaign for Equal Access to Justice at the
     inaugural of Christina Melton Crain on Saturday,
January 24. The annual campaign, which culminates at
the inaugural, supports the Dallas Volunteer Attorney
Program, a joint program of the Dallas Bar Association


and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas.
Since it began in 1993, the campaign
has raised more than $4.3 million for
legal aid to the poor.
   Michael and Judy Keller Shore
have been major donors to the cam-
paign for 11 years, supporting this
year's campaign with a gift of $25,000.
The Shores have donated $255,000 to
the campaign since 1999.
   The Shores know their support
of the campaign is even more critical
this year. In a financial crisis, all of
society suffers, but the poor suffer dis-
proportionately, Michael Shore said.
Their need for legal services increases. Ike Vanden Eykel,
Those of us who have resources, even  Koons, Fuller, Van
if they are less than last year due to our ertson, PC.
own losses, have an obligation to do more, not less. The
economy is not a valid excuse for reducing support for
the poor, but a reason to increase it.
   Contributions to the campaign are more important
than ever in the current financial climate. And the cam-
paign will become an even more critical component for
funding the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program as other
funding sources such as IOLTA grants decrease as inter-
est rates decline.
   Hon. Deborah G. Hankinson, a major donor for six
years, continues to demonstrate her support for legal ser-
vices to the poor. Justice Hankinson contributed $25,000
to this year's campaign, and she has given $115,000 to
the campaign since 2003.
   Koons, Fuller, Vanden Eykel & Robertson, P.C.
has been a major donor for 14 years. With their 2009
gift of $15,000, the firm has contributed $197,500 to
the campaign.


   The following firms, corporations, and individuals
have generously donated at the $10,000 level: AT&T,
Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Exxon Mobil Cor-
poration, Jones Day, Mike McKool Jr., Patton Boggs,
and the Thompson & Knight Foundation.
   As of press time, the campaign has raised more than
$341,800, thanks to a team of dedicated volunteers who
have donated their time and fundraising skills to make
this year's campaign a success.


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                  Diane M. Sumoski, a partner with
               Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blu-
               menthal, L.L.P., is this year's campaign
               chair. She also has served as co-chair
               of the Pro Bono Activities Commit-
               tee, is a long-time DVAP volunteer, a
               DBA Community Service Fund board
               member, and a member of the 2009
               DBA board of directors.
                  Scott McElhaney, a partner with
               Jackson Walker LLP and a member
               of the 2008 and 2009 DBA board of
               directors, is this year's vice chair.
                  This year's campaign committee
               members include 2007 DBA Presi-
ianaging partner, dent Beverly Godbey, 2009 DBA
en Eykel & Rob- President-Elect Ike Vanden Eykel,
              Sally  Crawford, Michael    Hurst,
Christina McCracken, Paul Stafford, Lindsey Sten-
gle and Brad Weber.
   As a part of the annual campaign, the committee
sponsored several telephone banks where lawyers vol-
unteered to call attorneys in Dallas and ask them for a
contribution to the campaign.
   The campaign is also raffling a 2009 Lexus RX
Hybrid SUV to raise additional funds for the Dal-
las Volunteer Attorney Program. Raffle tickets are
$100 each (or six for $500) and are available for pur-
chase at the Dallas Bar Association's business office
or online at www.dallasbar.org/dvap/raffle.asp until
noon on Friday, January 23. Raffle tickets can also
be purchased at the inaugural ball on January 24. No
more than 1,500 raffle tickets will be sold. The draw-
ing will be held at the inaugural on January 24, and


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