Good Apple Event

The Good Apple

Hosted Virtual Receptions 5:30 PM
Livestream Celebration 6:00 PM

Join us for the Good Apple virtual celebration on Thursday, November 12. We are proud to honor Senator Kirk Watson, Founding Dean of the University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs, with the 2020 J. Chrys Dougherty Good Apple Award for his exemplary leadership, effectiveness as a public servant, and commitment to improving the lives of Texans.

Texas Appleseed is also pleased to present the 2020 Pro Bono Leadership Awards to two outstanding law firms — Davis, Cedillo & Mendoza, Inc. and Fish & Richardson P.C. — for partnering with us to spur positive change. 

In celebration of our honorees and Texas Appleseed's mission, we plan to bring you an evening of entertainment, hors d'oeuvres, and classic cocktails. The celebration will include performances by three fabulous Texas artists —  Robert Earl Keen, as well as Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis. Enjoy the festivities of the Good Apple celebration at home, while connecting with colleagues and friends virtually.

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Host Committee

N. Scott Fletcher
Lorinda G. Holloway

Doug Bland • George Butts
Patrick Cantilo • Kent Caperton
Jim Cousar • R. James George, Jr.
Susan Hartman • Layne Kruse 
Elizabeth Mack • Jim Marston
Ann Marie Painter • David Sharp 
Mark Wawro

Generously Sponsored by


Hobby Family Foundation


Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP 


King & Spalding

Vinson & Elkins LLP / Doug Bland


Cantilo & Bennett, L.L.P.

Carter Arnett PLLC

Davis, Cedillo & Mendoza, Inc.

Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody

Haynes and Boone, LLP

Husch Blackwell LLP

Locke Lord LLP

Gina DeBottis Metts and Mark Metts

Norton Rose Fulbright

Perkins Coie LLP

Sidley Austin LLP

Susman Godfrey LLP & Mark Wawro


Alexander Dubose & Jefferson LLP • AT&T

Baylor Law. • DLA Piper LLP (US) 

Exxon Mobil Corporation • Fish & Richardson P.C.

Fleming Endowment • Frost

FTI Consulting • Cheryl and Jim George

Gibbs & Bruns LLP • Lorinda G. Holloway

Rusty Kelley • Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Lanier Law Firm • Latham & Watkins LLP

Mayer Brown LLP • Sherry and Gerald Merfish

Harriet Miers • Scott Douglass & McConnico

Scott Fletcher Law • Thompson & Knight Foundation

Waller • Yetter Coleman LLP

Special Thanks

Keri and Andrew McKenzie • Twin Liquors

Shell Oil Company • Ann and Robert Stephens

Edna and George Butts • Kent Caperton PC

Cissy and T. John Ward • Julie and Michael Lowenberg

Baron and Blue Foundation • Enoch Kever PLLC

Craig B. Florence • Foley & Lardner LLP

Michael T. Gallagher • Richard Hile

Annette LoVoi and Jim Marston • Regina Rogers

Chancellor John Sharp, The Texas A&M University System

Louann and Larry Temple


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