“Election is a mark of distinction and recognition of Ms. Austin’s contributions to the legal profession. Each year the top one-third of one percent of Texas attorneys are invited to become Fellows.”
The Dallas LGBT+ Bar Association’s (“DLGBTBA”) VP of Professional Development, Kimberly L. Austin, who is Of Counsel at DebnamRust, PC, has been elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation.
The Texas Bar Foundation selects its Fellows based on their outstanding professional achievements and their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of the justice system throughout the state of Texas.
Election is a mark of distinction and recognition of Ms. Austin’s contributions to the legal profession. Selection as a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation is restricted to members of the State Bar of Texas. Each year the top one-third of one percent of Texas attorneys are invited to become Fellows.
Once nominees are selected, they must be elected by the Texas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees. Membership has grown from an initial 255 Charter Members in 1965 to more than 10,000 Fellows throughout Texas today.
The Texas Bar Foundation is the largest charitably funded bar foundation in the country.
Founded in 1965 by lawyers determined to assist the public and improve the profession of law, the Texas Bar Foundation has maintained its mission of using the financial contributions of its membership to build a strong justice system for all Texans.
To date, the Texas Bar Foundation has distributed more than $20
million throughout Texas to assist nonprofit organizations with a wide range of justice-related programs and services.
Ms. Austin received her election while also serving on the DLGBTBA’s Board as its VP of Professional Development.
In her position at the DLGBTBA, Ms. Austin leads the DLGBTBA’s efforts to advance the careers of LGBT+ and allied legal professionals, including continuing legal education (“CLE”) credits; the DLGBTBA’s Law Student Mentorship Program, sponsored by JPMorgan Chase, Co.; and other networking initiatives on a purely volunteer basis.
“Kim is always a delight to be around. If you’ve met Kim, you know that she has a warm, cheerful glow that just naturally draws you to speak with her,” said DLGBTBA President, Mario H. Nguyen.
“Kim is also genuinely committed to the professional development of LGBT+ and allied legal professionals, because she appreciates the investment our members must make to advance their careers. Her recent achievement is evidence of that.” Nguyen continued.
Adapted from the Texas Bar Foundation’s Press Release.