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Dallas Bar Association


Rob Crain to be Inaugurated as

DBA's 108th President


   Robert D. Crain will be sworn in
as the 108th President of the Dallas
Bar Association on January 14, 2017.
Mr. Crain, a partner at Crain, Lewis,
Brogdon, LLP, assumes the position
with extensive service experience
and credentials.
   We are fortunate as an organiza-
tion to have his efforts and leader-
ship. He and the
Dallas Bar Asso-
ciation will have
a great 2017! said
immediate     past
President    Jerry
Alexander, share-
holder at Passman
&Jones. He is also
the first guy I call
for time or money
to help those less
fortunate. He and
his longtime part-
ner, Chris Lewis,
have given at least
$ 30,000 a year to
DVAP for all years
in recent memory,
which includes this
year with their new Robert D. Crain
partner   Quentin
Brogdon. Mr. Alexander continued,
Rob is either the kindest tough guy
or the toughest kind guy I have ever
met. He is extraordinarily compe-
tent and honest in his trial work, but
tenacious and relentless. It is rare to
find that combination of competence
and compassion.
   Mr. Crain is a Dallas native and
always wanted to be a lawyer. The
drama of the courtroom always cap-
tivated me. Beginning in middle
school, I read a lot of legal thrillers
and books on the law and I was a fan
of movies like Anatomy of a Murder.
   He attended the University of
Texas where he received both his B.A.
and J.D. Rob clerked with our firm
when he was in law school, and he is
one that I hated to see get away, said
Roy Stacy, of Stacy & Conder, L.L.P.
As it turns out, we have ended up
having cases against Rob over the years
and he is one of the best attorneys we
have been up against; always prepared,
very professional and courteous, a
skilled advocate for his clients. He is
also a quality guy with integrity and a
generous spirit. I am so glad the Dallas
Bar Association has selected someone
like Rob to be our President.
   Mark Scudder, of Strasburger &
Price, LLP, calls Mr. Crain a long-


time friend, but also frequent oppos-
ing counsel, Rob is a quality lawyer
who knows the law and zealously
advocates for his clients. At the same
time, he is always fair, easy to work
with, and is a man of highest integ-
rity, character, and professional eth-
ics. As a result, working with Rob on
a lawsuit has always led to a result
that is just and in the best interests of
all parties involved.
                    For more than
                 20    years,  Mr.
                 Crain's   practice
                 has been devoted
                 to personal injury.
                 In   2007, Crain
                 partnered    with
                 criminal   defense
                 attorney,   Chris
                 Lewis. We    like
                 to  help   people
                 when life takes an
                 unexpected turn,
                 Crain     reported
                 to  D    Magazine
                 when the firm was
                 launched. In 2015,
                 Quentin Brogdon
                 joined  the firm,
                 now Crain Lewis
                 Brogdon, L.L.P.
   During Mr. Crain's distinguished
career, he has been listed on U.S.
News Best Lawyers in America.
He is consistently named a Texas
Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly,
and a Best Lawyer in Dallas by D
Magazine. In addition to his profes-
sional recognition, Mr. Crain has
received multiple awards for his bar
and community service, including
the Back the Blue Award, by the
Dallas Police Association in 2003,
Outstanding Young Lawyer of Dal-
las, by the Dallas Association of
Young Lawyers (DAYL) in 2007,
and the John Howie Award, by
the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association
in 2016 for his efforts in obtaining
a $142 million jury award against
a home daycare facility and associ-
ated work towards changing policy
to which home daycares are subject.
   Mr. Crain's bar service dates back
to 2001 when he joined the DAYL
Board of Directors. During his five
year tenure, he helped initiate and
organize the Dallas Freedom Run. In
2007, he joined the Dallas Bar Asso-
ciation's Board of Directors and was
elected Chair of the Board in 2013.
During his time on the Board, he
served as Chair of the Public Forum

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Reverend Richie Butler to Receive



2017 MLK Justice Award


   On January 16, the Dallas Bar Associa-
tion will honor the Reverend Richie Butler
with the 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Jus-
tice Award. The award recognizes area leaders
whose service to the community embodies the
example of Dr. King.
   The horrific shootings in downtown Dal-
las on July 7, which left five officers dead and
another   11  people injured,
proved to Reverend Butler that
his efforts were needed-now
more than ever. Rev. Butler,
who serves as Senior Pastor to
the historic St. Paul United
Methodist Church      (situated
just four blocks from the Belo
Mansion), has made improve-
ment of racial relations a foun-
dation of his ministry.
   In 2014, following several
highly publicized incidents of
violent  encounters   between
African  Americans and     law
enforcement, many of which
were recorded by cell phone
video, Rev. Butler took action. Reverend Richie
With fellow minister Dr. Andy
Stoker, Senior Minister at First
United Methodist Church Dallas, Rev. But-
ler launched a prayer call for racial reconcilia-
tion, which entails weekly Friday morning calls
involving pastors across the nation, and increas-
ingly, around the world. The calls give faith lead-
ers from various backgrounds the opportunity
to share different perspectives on ways to reach
common goals.
   Following discussions in the weekly calls,
Rev. Butler launched a Together We Ball
event to bring North Texas pastors and Dallas
police together on the basketball court. Pastors
and police met in August 2015 at Cobb Field
House in South Dallas for a friendly scrim-
mage. Sport, Rev. Butler told the Connec-
tion, a United Methodist publication, is a way
of uniting individuals, communities, cities and
nations. The 2015 event was so well received
that Rev. Butler hosted it again in August 2016,
as Together We Ball-a part of his Project
Unity, whose purpose is to further Rev. Butler's
goals of improved community relations. The
2016 event was expanded to include an old
school free throw contest involving assorted
business and community leaders, bringing fur-
ther exposure to the program.
   We are underscoring the need and opportu-
nity to move towards healing and collectively build
bridges between communities and law enforce-
ment at home and across the country, Rev. Butler
told the Dallas Gospel Connection after the August
2016 event. By spending an afternoon building
relationships, educating all ages, and playing and
watching an entertaining game of basketball, we
can continue to expect positive results and cool
heads when tragedy knocks on our door.


But


   In 2017, through Project Unity, Rev. But-
ler plans a Year of Unity in partnership with
various local organizations, including the Dal-
las Bar Association. The Together We theme
will be expanded to additional activities,
including Dine, Learn, Worship, Heal,
Serve, and Pray, each with corresponding
collaborative events designed to strengthen
the community.
   Richie Butler follows pathways in pro-
               found ways, addressing racial
               justice and  peace, said   Dr.
               Stoker. Richie elicits hope. He
               has been a breath of fresh air to
               downtown Dallas.
                  Rev. Butler commenced his
               pastoral role at St. Paul United
               Methodist in 2014, following a
               unique merger involving St. Paul
               and Rev. Butler's former congrega-
               tion, Union Cathedral. St. Paul,
               founded in 1873 by people who
               had been in slavery just a decade
               earlier, has a rich history steeped
               in the pursuit of social justice. Dr.
               Stoker noted that Rev. Butler fol-
               lows a long line of distinguished
itier          St. Paul pastors, including the
               notable Reverend I. B. Loud (his
               real name), who Stoker recounted
was an outspoken advocate of civil rights in Dallas
in the 1950s and '60s and who, fittingly in light
of this year's award, facilitated visits to Dallas by
Martin Luther King, Jr. himself.
   Rev. Butler graduated from the Harvard
Divinity School and has served as a minister for
more than 15 years. Dr. Stokes describes Rev.
Butler as a bi-vocational pastor who also works as
a commercial real estate developer and real estate
fund manager with The Prescott Group. His most
noted real estate development was Unity Estates,
a planned community sponsored by the African
American Pastor's Coalition in Dallas, which
featured 285 single-family homes in southern
Dallas. This development was heralded nation-
ally and was the catalyst that spurred nearly $100
million in new development activity in an area
that had not experienced any new development
in over 20 years.
   Rev. Cammy Gaston, who serves as the Dis-
trict Superintendent for 80 United Method-
ist congregations in Dallas, calls Rev. Butler
an inspirational leader who helps people work
together in ways rarely seen. He has shown a
special ability to bring together people from all
walks of life-whether government, business or
church-and is helping to bring the community
together, Rev. Gaston added.
   Pastor Butler has dedicated his life's work to
helping others and bringing people of all races and
backgrounds together, said DBA President Rob
Crain. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Justice Award
lists our City's most notable leaders as past recipi-
ents. I believe Pastor Butler will continue to be

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