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Baker Botts’ Texas Pro Bono Programs Receive Top Award from State Bar of Texas


HOUSTON, June 15, 2016 - Baker Botts L.L.P. a leading international law firm, announced today that the firm has been selected by the State Bar of Texas as the sole recipient of the prestigious 2016 W. Frank Newton Award.

The W. Frank Newton Award recognizes the pro bono contribution of the lawyers in Baker Botts’ Texas offices for their outstanding contribution to the provision of legal services to the underprivileged.

As the oldest law firm in Texas and a founder of the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program, pro bono legal services and constructive contribution to the firm's local communities are a top priority for Baker Botts.

Baker Botts lawyers in Texas provide an approximate 17,000 hours per year of free legal services to the indigent and non-profit organizations. Each office has a strong and active pro bono program and every lawyer from the most junior associate to the most senior partner is expected to contribute.

The firm has strong partnerships with Houston Volunteer Lawyers (the largest provider of free legal services to the indigent in Texas), the South Dallas Legal Clinic, Human Rights First, Catholic Charities, KIND, Tahirih, Texas C-Bar, Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas and many others.

To receive the award, Baker Botts partners Hillary Holmes and Scott Powers will attend the Bar Leaders Recognition Luncheon at the Annual Meeting of the State Bar of Texas in Ft. Worth, Texas on June 16, 2016.

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