Good Apple Event

The Good Apple

It was a fantastic night to celebrate Texas’ heroes. Senator Kirk Watson, Founding Dean of the University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs, received our 2020 J. Chrys Dougherty Good Apple Award. We were proud to honor Senator Watson with our highest accolade for his exemplary leadership, effectiveness as a public servant, and commitment to improving the lives of Texans. Two outstanding law firms received our 2020 Pro Bono Leadership Awards — Davis, Cedillo & Mendoza, Inc. and Fish & Richardson P.C. — for partnering with us to spur positive change. The celebration included performances by three fabulous Texas artists — Robert Earl Keen, as well as Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis.

Thank you to everyone who supported and attended this special evening.



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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 and 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

Heritage Title Company of Austin, Inc.

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

Winstead PC • 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

Hartline Barger LLP • Janis and Joe Pinnelli

Enoch Kever PLLC • Christina and Jadd Masso

Cissy and T. John Ward • Julie and Michael Lowenberg

Baron and Blue Foundation • David Beck

Clinton Cross • Craig B. Florence • Foley & Lardner LLP

Michael T. Gallagher • Richard Hile • Louann and Larry Temple

Annette LoVoi and Jim Marston • Regina Rogers

Chancellor John Sharp, The Texas A&M University System

Whitehurst, Harkness, Brees, Cheng, Alsaffar, Higginbotham & Jacob, PLLC