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Dallas Bar Association

      . . . ....

Sally Crawford to be Inaugurated

as 104th DBA President

   On Saturday January 19, 2013, the Dallas Bar
Association will begin a year of Celebration and
Rededication with the inauguration of Sally L.
Crawford as its 104th president.
   A 1986 Order of the Coif graduate of SMU
School of Law, Ms. Crawford has
been a partner at Jones Day since
1996. Her practice focuses on merg-
ers and    acquisitions, corporate
finance and general corporate law,
with particular concentration in
the representation of privately held
companies in the technology, trans-
portation, manufacturing and ser-
vice industries-a nice complement
to her pre-law profession.
   A Columbus, Ohio native, Ms.
Crawford moved to the Dallas area
in 1977 after marrying John Craw-
ford. She began working at Conti-   Sa
nental Mechanical Corp. where sheSaly L. Gravy
rose through the ranks to the position of Vice
President-Administration. She worked exten-
sively with outside counsel, and it was there that
she was encouraged to go to law school.
   Upon graduation from SMU, Ms. Crawford
spent two years at Brice & Mankoff before join-
ing Jones Day in 1988 as an associate. And the
rest, as they say, is history.
   The eighth woman President of the Dallas Bar
Association, Ms. Crawford has been recognized
as one of the Best Women Lawyers in Dallas by
D Magazine and in Texas Super Lawyers. In 2011,
she was recognized by Altrusa International of
Richardson as one of the Outstanding Women of
Today and by the University of Texas at Dallas as
a Distinguished Alumni.
   At Jones Day Ms. Crawford is a member of
the firm's diversity committee and has served as
the Dallas Office Public Service Coordinator for
many years. Her true passion lies in pro bono
work and helping those less fortunate. She has
been named Pro Bono Coordinator of the Year by
the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (DVAP)
and played no small part in Jones Day's DVAP
Pro Bono Firm of the Year and the W. Frank
Newton Pro Bono Services Awards.
   Ms. Crawford has contributed to pro bono
causes at every level, donating countless hours
to pro bono representation and countless more
hours to mentoring attorneys with their own
pro bono cases. She began doing pro bono work
in1986, as a newly licensed attorney when she
took her first assignment from the local legal
aid clinic. On that auspicious day, Ms. Crawford
was assigned a simple divorce case that ended
up being the most complicated pro bono matter
she has handled to date. With a little help from a
seasoned family lawyer she marched into court as
a first year corporate lawyer and successfully pro-
tected her first family law client. Ms. Crawford
was not deterred by the challenge and has since
completed hundreds of pro bono cases through
legal aid and devoted thousands of hours of her
time to assist individuals that would not other-

wise have access to legal representation.
    Sally Crawford does not 'do' pro bono work,
giving back to the community is the way she lives
her life, said Charolette Noel, a tax partner in
Jones Day's Dallas office. At Jones Day and in the
Dallas bar community, Ms. Crawford is affection-
ately known as the queen of pro bono.
                In addition to her pro bono
             work, Ms. Crawford has contrib-
             uted to many other worthwhile
             causes, including participating as
             a director and officer of the Dallas
             Entrepreneurship  Institute, Col-
             lege of the State Bar of Texas, DBA
             Community Service Fund and Con-
             sumer Credit Counseling Services
             of Greater Dallas. She is a Fellow
             of the Dallas Bar Foundation and
             of the Dallas Association of Young
             Lawyers Foundation. She also serves
             on the board of the Richardson
             Symphony and is a Big in the Big
9rd          Brothers Big Sisters mentoring pro-
   This impressive resume, however, barely
begins to describe Ms. Crawford's contribution
to the Dallas community. She has served on the
board of the DBA since 2004 and has been a
long-time member of the DBA Securities, Merg-
ers & Acquisitions and Corporate Counsel Sec-
tions, the State Bar Business Law and Corporate
Counsel Sections, the State Bar College and the
Pro Bono College of the State Bar.
    And she does all this while maintaining her
busy practice in Jones Day's transactional practice
group. In her role at Jones Day, Ms. Crawford dis-
plays the same dedication to clients that she has
demonstrated with her service to the bar. Steven
Stennett, a partner at Jones Day, recalled work-
ing with Sally over the last 12 years, The rapport
Sally has with her clients is incredible. They look
to her as more than just someone who provides
legal advice, she is a part of their team, a trusted
advisor. I have always strived to have the same
relationships with my clients and to serve them
with the same level of respect that Sally does.
   We are lucky to count Sally Crawford as a
leader in our community.
    Ms. Crawford spends her free time with her
daughter Elizabeth Field, who lives in Oklahoma
and is following in her mother's footsteps as a tax
attorney. She also enjoys spending time with her
many nieces and nephews.
    Service to the needy, mentoring to young
attorneys and counseling to global businesses is
all in a day's work for Sally Crawford. She is a
superlative example of what we can all accom-
plish for our community, our profession and
our clients. The DBA is fortunate to have Ms.
Crawford at the helm in 2013, and we wish her
continued success as we celebrate all that we
have achieved together in past years and rededi-
cate ourselves to serving our community and our
profession.                                HN

Lea C. Dearing is an associate at Munsch Hardt and is Co-Chair of the
Publications Committee. She can be reached at Idearing@munsch.com.

Al Ellis to Receive 2013 MLK Justice Award

   As we reflect on 2012 and prepare
for the New Year, January also brings us
a time to reflect upon and celebrate the
memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In honor of his leg-
acy, the Dallas Bar
Association recog-
nizes attorneys and
others whose lives
inspire and reflect
the values of cour-
age, truth, justice,
compassion, dig-
nity, humility and  Al Ellis
service-the prin-
ciples embodied by Dr. King. On Janu-
ary 21, 2013, the Dallas Bar Associa-
tion will honor Al Ellis with the Mar-
tin Luther King, Jr. Justice Award.
   Mr. Ellis, a Dallas Bar Association
past president and community leader,
is Of Counsel at Sommerman & Que-
sada, L.L.P. After receiving his bache-
lor's degree from the University of Texas
at Arlington, Mr. Ellis served a tour
of duty in Vietnam as a captain in the
U.S. Army Airborne Infantry. When
his service was complete, he returned
to Dallas and entered SMU School of
Law, serving as chief counsel for the
SMU Legal Clinic and on the board
of editors for the Journal of Air Law and
Commerce. He earned his law degree in
1971 and has been admitted to practice
before the U.S. Supreme Court, the
U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and
all federal and state courts in Texas.
   Mr. Ellis is a tireless advocate for
his clients and in his successful 40-year
career has tried more than 170 jury tri-
als. He has held numerous leadership
positions in the community including
President of the Dallas Bar Association
in 1990.
   During his year as President, the
DBA took three significant steps. First,
the Board of Directors passed a resolu-
tion recognizing the contribution of Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. to the promo-
tion of civil rights, vowing to honor
him with an appropriate celebration
on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Sec-
ond, the Board of Directors voted to
make the Presidents of the minority
bar Associations voting members of the
Dallas Bar Board of Directors and third,
a task force was appointed to develop
the DBAs Long Range Plan for Inclu-
sion, which aimed to substantially
increase diversity in the profession.
   I cannot think of anyone more
deserving of this award, said DBA
President Sally Crawford. Al's dedi-
cation to the promotion and imple-
mentation of inclusion in the bar asso-
ciation has made a real and permanent
difference in our bar.
   Also during his presidency, Mr.
Ellis formed the Community Involve-
ment Committee and through this

Committee, Mr. Ellis along with Rex
Spivey initiated the Home Project by
partnering with Habitat for Humanity
to build a home for an area family each
year. To date, the DBA is the longest-
serving whole-house sponsor and has
built 22 homes for families in the Dal-
las area. As a result of this program Mr.
Ellis became a core volunteer for Dallas
Habitat for Humanity, has participated
in building over a hundred homes in
Dallas and has built homes with the
Carter Work Project in Viet Nam, the
Gulf Coast and Haiti.
   Mr. Ellis' additional past leadership
roles include: presidencies of the Dal-
las Trial Lawyers Association, Dallas
Association of Young Lawyers, Ameri-
can Board of Trial Advocates (Dallas
Chapter) ,Texas Center for Legal Ethics
and Professionalism, Dallas Council on
Alcoholism, Dallas All Sports Associa-
tion tournament director for the Dallas
Regional Golden Gloves Tournament
for 20 years and many more.
   While his list of community service
work is long and varied, so too are his
numerous awards and honors. Among
the many accolades he has received are
the Justinian Award presented by the
Dallas Lawyers Auxiliary, UTA Dis-
tinguished Alumni Award, J.L. Turner
Legal Association C.B. Bunkley Award,
Dallas Minority Attorney Program
Legacy Award, Dallas Trial Lawyers
Distinguished  Community  Involve-
ment Award, the Leon Jaworski Award
for Teaching Excellence, the Nancy
Garms Memorial Award for Outstand-
ing contributions to Law-Focused Edu-
cation, the Texas Bar Foundation Dan
Price Memorial Award, the State Bar
College Professionalism Award and
he has been named to Texas Month-
ly's Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in
   I have been blessed to have
received several outstanding awards
during my 40 years of community and
professional involvement. While it
would be unfair to say any one award
is more meaningful than another, to
receive the MLK Jr. Justice Award is
humbling and touches my heart and
soul as no other recognition has. Mar-
tin Luther King Jr. is a hero of mine. To
receive an award named for this great
believer in equality and justice is sim-
ply mind boggling.
   The DBA is proud to honor Mr.
Ellis with this important award. Mem-
bers of the DBA and the community
are invited to attend the Martin Luther
King, Jr. Justice Award luncheon on
January 21, noon, at Belo to honor Mr.
Ellis. To make reservations for the lun-
cheon contact Biri Avina at bavina@
dallasbar.org. A plated lunch will be
served ($12.76).                 HN

Jessica D. Smith is the DBA's Communitions/Media Director
and cn be reachedatismih@dallasbar.org.

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