Austin Jurisprudence Luncheon Honors Three Legal Professionals
Date: January 16, 2013
The 2013 Austin Jurisprudence Luncheon February 27 will honor three Austin legal professionals who have made immeasurable contributions to the community.
ADL's 2013 Jurisprudence Award will go to Mr. Clarke Heidrick of Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody. The Jurisprudence Award is presented to an outstanding member of the legal community who exhibits a commitment to equality, justice, fairness and community service.
Mr. Heidrick has chaired the Austin Chamber of Commerce, helped form the Travis County Healthcare District and was a member of the Organizing Committee for the creation of a medical school at the University of Texas at Austin. He also has chaired the board of the United Way Capital Area. He currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Shivers Cancer Foundation, Chair of the Rebekah Baines Johnson Center, and Executive Chair of the Board of St. Stephen's Episcopal School.
Austin's Jurisprudence Luncheon also will recognize two attorneys with its 2013 Trailblazer Award: Mr. Sander W. Shapiro and Mr. Howard Wolf. The Trailblazer Award is presented to individuals and organizations whose pioneering contributions to the legal and civic activism arenas have had an extraordinary and unique impact.
Ms. Sander "Sandy" W. Shapiro graduated from Rice University. In 1958, following positions with the United States Department of Justice and Tax Court in Washington, D.C., Mr. Shapiro and his family moved to Austin for good, in every sense of the word. Mr. Shapiro pioneered federal tax law practice in Austin and developed a renowned nationwide state and federal tax practice. Deeply attached to the University of Texas, Mr. Shapiro was an adjunct professor of tax and business law at the UT School of Law and was a name partner in the Austin-based law firm Clark, Thomas, Winters and Shapiro and a founding partner in Shapiro, Edens and Cook. He has been actively involved in and dedicated to numerous philanthropic, civic and civil rights causes, including longstanding support and leadership in the Austin Symphony, Ronald McDonald House, Austin Community Foundation, KLRU, ADL, UT Press, and UT College of Fine Arts.
In his last year of law school at the University of Texas, Mr. Howard Wolf called on law school Dean W. Page Keeton to address the discriminatory practices of several large Texas-based law firms that would not hire Jewish graduates. This led to Mr. Wolf becoming the first Jewish attorney at Fulbright & Jaworski, but it also was a first step in removing the inappropriate barriers to employment at these firms of all qualified graduates. He has served as president of the Houston Council on Human Relations, and as Board Chair for The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) in the Texas Medical Center.
Texas Representative Senfronia Thompson, one of the authors and sponsors of the states James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Act, will provide the keynote address for the luncheon. Rep. Thompson will be introduced by the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, Joe Straus.
Event co-chairs are Gary Zausmer, Renee Lafair, and Michael Whellan.
For more information on the luncheon or to buy tickets or tables, click here or call 512-249-7960.