Each year, Texas Appleseed honors leaders for their contributions to the community at our Good Apple Dinner. This year, the Texas Appleseed Board of Directors was pleased to name Harriet Miers as our 2017 Good Apple. Ms. Miers is not only a phenomenal legal mind – she is a trailblazer, a person committed to public service, and a leader who has worked to ensure that justice is accessible to all. She has a deep commitment to pro bono work and giving back to the community. We were inspired by the number of “firsts” she has achieved as a woman in the legal field. Her work to establish important connections between the legal profession and the community, including increasing access to justice for the poor and underserved, is one of the many reasons we were proud to honor her with the J. Chrys Dougherty Good Apple Award on November 16.
Texas Appleseed presented the 2017 Pro Bono Leadership Awards to three outstanding law firms and two prestigious design firms. Dykema Cox Smith helped produce the contents for an online toolkit on the issue of civil asset forfeiture. Vinson & Elkins conducted legal research and led interviews with stakeholders for our Homeless Youth Policy report. Kirkland & Ellis LLP has been a key partner on several research projects related to school discipline and the intersection between criminal justice and immigration issues. Lewis Carnegie and Page/Dyal Branding & Graphics were the design teams behind I Heart Justice, a poster exhibition created to increase conversations about pressing justice issues facing our state.
The 2017 Good Apple Dinner took place at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin. It was a beautiful evening and we are grateful to everyone for making it a wonderful event.