AIDS Outreach

 

This committee is responsible for providing holiday gifts for families affected by HIV or AIDS by soliciting and matching firms and corporations with families. The committee also visits and assists the residents of Bering Omega House one Saturday in the spring.

Please consider supporting Omega House Hospice by purchasing items from their Amazon Wishlist.

 

Omega House employee waving to viewer

The HBA AIDS Outreach Committee delivered meals, pies and flowers to residents of Omega House for Thanksgiving 2020. Pictured here: an Omega House employee receiving the donations.

 

Listen on Spotify to the Jackson Walker Fast Takes episode about Jamila Brinson, former co-chair of the AIDS Outreach Committee.

 

Thank you, 2020 Adopt-a-Family Participants!

75 law firms, legal departments, and individuals participated in the 24th Annual HBA AIDS Outreach Holiday Adopt-a-Family Project. In all, 108 families in need were helped by the holiday program. This includes a record 385 people/156 adults and 229 kids assisted, making it the biggest AIDS Outreach project to date.

A Christmas tree with presents underneath
Ajamie LLP

A dog in front of many presents
Bracewell LLP

Presents piled in front of the JTT logo
Johnson, Trent & Taylor, LLP

Three children stand among presents
The Sammons Family

Bikes in front of a Christmas tree
Amaro Law Firm

A woman holding and standing beside several gifts
Akerman LLP

A dog sits in front of a Christmas tree with presents
The McLeroy Family

Two adults with presents in front of the HCDAO sign
Harris County District Attorney's Office

Three adults standing among wrapped presents
Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP

Four adults stand in front of a window next to toys
Fringe Salon and Color Bar

Two masked people holding wrapped gifts
Blank Rome LLP

A woman with a box full of presents
Judge Leslie Briones

A couple in front of many presents
Rachel & Steve Kahane

A man smiles at the viewer with presents in the background
Preston Towber

A woman and a girl hold many presents
The Archer Family

Four adults hold presents in front of the JK Law Firm sign
Jenkins & Kamin

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Mary Grace Bullard, Ashley Harkness, and Disco the Dog

Adults stand in a row with presents and a Christmas tree
Henneman Rau LLP

A large pile of presents with a law firm sign
Thompson & Reilley, P.C.

A woman sits among a large pile of presents
Kristi Skillern

Two adults in an office decorated for Christmas
Stonewall Law Association of Greater Houston

 

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Boyar Miller LLP

A man in front of a countertop covered in presents
Fogler Brar O'Neil & Gray

Two people in front of a car loaded with presents
Denise Kurt

Two women holding presents
Judge Fran & Kim Watson

A large pile of presents
Littler Mendelson

Adults standing in a courtroom holding presents
Federal Law Clerks

A man standing in front of a YC sign with presentsBicycles stacked together in the back of a pickup
Yetter Coleman LLP

A large group of adults stand together holding gifts
The Amaro Law Firm

Five adults stand in front of a table full of presents
Ramsey Law Group

A family sits in front of a Christmas tree
The Hamm Family

Three masked adults with large presents
Blank Rome LLP

 

The HBA AIDS Outreach Committee would like to thank the following participants for helping make the holidays brighter for so many affected by HIV and AIDS:

Ajamie LLP
The Alvarez Family
Amaro Law Firm
Anna & Mike Archer
Anna Robshaw
Baker Botts L.L.P.
BakerHostetler LLP
Steven Beard*
Blank Rome LLP
BoyarMiller
Bracewell LLP
Judge Lesley Briones
Clouthier Law, PLLC
Collin Cox and Family
Coné PLLC
Kim Ogg/DA’s Office
Meagan DeKeyzer
DeRosa & Palleink Families
Law Office of Mynde S. Eisen, PC*
Joseph G. Epstein PLLC
Attorneys & Staff of Federal Public Defender
Fibich Leebron Copeland Briggs
Fogler Brar O'Neil Gray LLC
Fringe Salon and Color Bar
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP*
Jahan Guram

Stephanie Hamm
Ashley Harkness & Mary Grace Bullard
Henneman Rau LLP
Houston Federal Law Clerks*
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Jenkins & Kamin LLP*
Johnson Trent & Taylor LLP
The Kahane Family
King & Spalding
Denise Kurt
Littler Mendelson
The McLeroy Family
Medina Law Texas PLLC
Clarissa Medrano
Moore & Associates
Judge Daryl Moore*
Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC
Darcie Murray, Alan York, Julie Leucht, Chad Libertus, and Frank Lozano
MVO Resources*
Norton Rose Fulbright
Paul Hastings LLP
Kulcher Polk
Linda Price
The Prout Family
Brenda and Daniel Ramirez Family

Ramsey Law Group
Reed Smith LLP
Laura Sammons
Shook, Hardy & Bacon
Myra Siddiqui
Kay Sim
Kristi Skillern
Spencer Fane LLP
Stonewall Law Association of Greater Houston*
Judge Frances Stacy
Phileda Tennant*
Thompson & Knight LLP*
Linda A. Thompson, Attorney at Law
Thompson & Reilley PC
Towber Law Firm PLLC*
The Tyson Family
Judge Leah Shapiro
Marcela Varela-Sisley & Nicole Broeckelmann
The Vasquez Family & The Law Offices of Rudy G. Vasquez, PC*
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Judge Fran and Kim Watson*
Weycer, Kaplan, Pulaski & Zuber, PC
Emily Wyatt
Trey Yates Law
Yetter Coleman

*A special thank you to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP for adopting 12 families, Jenkins & Kamin LLP for adopting 5 families, The Vasquez Family/The Law Offices of Rudy G. Vasquez for adopting 4 families, and Thompson Knight for adopting 3 families, Also, thank you to Baker Botts LLP, Fran & Kim Watson, Houston Federal Law Clerks, Judge Daryl Moore, Law Office of Mynde S. Eisen, P.C., MVO Resources, Phileda Tennant, SLAGH, Steven Beard, Towber Law Firm PLLC for adopting 2 families each.

 

A woman smiling at the viewer while holding gift bagsA woman making peace signs at the viewer
Two grateful recipients of Adopt-a-Family gifts

 

The Houston Bar Association partners with the following Houston social service agencies:

AIDS Foundation Houston (AFH/Project Friendly Haven)

Association for Advancement of Mexican Americans (AAMA, Inc.)

Avenue 360 & Omega House

Harris Health System – Thomas Street Health Center

Legacy Community Health

The Montrose Center

St. Hope Foundation

Texas Children’s Hospital

 

2020-2021 Co-Chairs:

David Miller, The Amaro Law Firm
Hilary Tyson, BoyarMiller

For more information on this committee, contact Bonnie Simmons at bonnies@hba.org or (713) 759-1133.