On November 17, Texas Appleseed hosted our annual Good Apple Dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel, honoring David J. Beck. It was an exciting time to host — during a milestone year, the 20th Anniversary of the founding of Texas Appleseed. We were proud to honor David not only as one of the best trial lawyers in the country, but as someone who does just as much outside of the courtroom. His efforts to make our community better, advance educational opportunities for young people, and strengthen Texas' legal profession are among the many reasons why Texas Appleseed honored him with our J. Chrys Dougherty Good Apple Award.
Texas Appleseed also honored two organizations with Pro Bono Leadership Awards. Baker Botts L.L.P. partnered with Texas Appleseed to create Texas versions of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Managing Someone Else's Money guides. These guides explain fiduciary responsibilities to those who have been appointed to oversee finances for a vulnerable person who no longer has the ability to manage their money independently. Texas Appleseed also honored Open Austin — an organization of volunteer coders that use web design and open data to improve quality of life in Austin — for an entire year of pro bono work on designing a "school-to-prison pipeline" website for sharing resources with students, parents, and partner organizations.