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Posted on: May 12, 2020

Agosto delivering remarks at the 2019 HBA Annual DinnerDear HBA Members:

It has given me great pleasure to serve as your president during 2019-2020. Together, we have accomplished much for our profession and our community. I thank each and every one of you for your service, your dedication to the law, and the privilege of leading this great organization at the beginning of our 150th year.

Please click here to see the accomplishments of the 2019-2020 bar year.

The COVID-19 pandemic has meant many adjustments as the HBA and members work from home and observe social distancing guidelines. Accordingly, it is doubtful that we will be able to hold our Annual Dinner and 150th Anniversary Celebration, as hoped. However, we continue to recognize outstanding HBA leaders through the President’s Awards for Committees and Sections, the Justice Eugene A. Cook Professionalism Award and the Justice Ruby Kless Sondock Award. Below are the award recipients for 2019-2020.


Justice Ruby Kless Sondock Award:
Lynne Liberato
Hon. Alice Oliver-Parrott

Justice Eugene A. Cook Professionalism Award:
Kelly Frels

Diversity Awards:
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Harris County District Attorney’s Office
Travis Torrence

President’s Awards:

Continuing Legal Education Committee:
Rick Anderson and Stacey E. Burke

Fun Run Committee:
Brooksie Bonvillain Boutet, Steven Howard and Alex Kamel

Gender Fairness Committee:
Kristin Kruse Lotz, Emery Gullickson Richards and Marissa Marquez

Lawyers for Literacy Committee:
Alvin Adjei, Karan Ciotti and Chanler Langham

LGBTQ+ Committee:
Hon. Steven Kirkland, Hon. Daryl Moore and Hon. Kim Ogg

The Houston Lawyer Editorial Board:
Taunya Painter

Family Law Section:
Kelly Fritsch

Corporate Counsel Section:
Ed Burdzinski

Agosto at the opening ceremony for Shearn Elementary School's new libraryAnd finally, please take a few moments to look at images of the activities, programs and people that made the HBA a great organization throughout this bar year.

Please click here for a slideshow of 2019-2020.

On May 12, Bill Kroger of Baker Botts took office as the 2020-2021 president of the HBA. Bill and his new board will be excellent leaders as Houston faces the challenges of the coming year. Thank you again for being part of the Houston Bar Association, and I wish you good health and Godspeed.

Benny Agosto, Jr.
Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner
2019-2020 President, Houston Bar Association

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