Good Apple Dinner

2017 Good Apple Dinner


Each year, Texas Appleseed honors leaders for their contributions to the community at our Good Apple Dinner. This year, the Texas Appleseed Board of Directors was pleased to name Harriet Miers as our 2017 Good Apple. Ms. Miers is not only a phenomenal legal mind – she is a trailblazer, a person committed to public service, and a leader who has worked to ensure that justice is accessible to all. She has a deep commitment to pro bono work and giving back to the community. We were inspired by the number of “firsts” she has achieved as a woman in the legal field. Her work to establish important connections between the legal profession and the community, including increasing access to justice for the poor and underserved, is one of the many reasons we were proud to honor her with the J. Chrys Dougherty Good Apple Award on November 16. 

Texas Appleseed presented the 2017 Pro Bono Leadership Awards to three outstanding law firms and two prestigious design firms. Dykema Cox Smith helped produce the contents for an online toolkit on the issue of civil asset forfeiture. Vinson & Elkins conducted legal research and led interviews with stakeholders for our Homeless Youth Policy report. Kirkland & Ellis LLP has been a key partner on several research projects related to school discipline and the intersection between criminal justice and immigration issues. Lewis Carnegie and Page/Dyal Branding & Graphics were the design teams behind I Heart Justice, a poster exhibition created to increase conversations about pressing justice issues facing our state.

The 2017 Good Apple Dinner took place at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin. It was a beautiful evening and we are grateful to everyone for making it a wonderful event. 


Harriet Miers  

Event Committee

David J. Beck • Michael M. Boone • Hon. Scott Brister
Jerry K. Clements • Hon. Craig Enoch • Hon. Alberto R. Gonzales
Hon. Deborah Hankinson • Hon. Wallace B. Jefferson • Roland K. Johnson
Michael Lowenberg • Elizabeth E. Mack • Robert T. Mowrey 
Hon. Harriet O'Neill • Hon. Thomas Phillips • Harry M. Reasoner
Eduardo R. Rodriguez • Hon. Dale Wainwright



Locke Lord LLP | Vinson & Elkins LLP


David J. Beck and Beck Redden | Haynes and Boone, LLP

H-E-B | King & Spalding | Sidley Austin LLP


Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP / Jefferson Cano

Cantilo & Bennett, L.L.P. | Davis, Cedillo & Mendoza, Inc. | Exxon Mobil Corporation

Henry Schein, Inc. | Kirkland & Ellis LLP | Norton Rose Fulbright

Regina Rogers | Susman Godfrey LLP and Mark Wawro


7th Generation Foundation | Jennifer and Peter Altabef | AT&T

Jerry and Mark Clements | Crow Holdings | Dykema Cox Smith

The Friedkin Group | FTI Consulting | Cheryl and Jim George

Gibbs & Bruns LLP | Greenberg Traurig LLP | Hagans Montgomery & Rustay

Hegi Family | The Men and Women of Hunt Consolidated, Inc. | Hunton & Williams LLP

Ireland, Carroll & Kelley, P.C. | Jones Day | Susan Karamanian

The Kayser Foundation and The Jeff B. and Katherine B. Love Foundation

Dee Kelly Jr. and Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP | Kelly, Durham & Pittard, LLP

Latham & Watkins, LLP | Elizabeth Mack, David Allen, and Brooke and Zoe Allen

Charles W. Matthews | Mayer Brown LLP | McKool Smith

Sherry and Gerald Merfish | The David B. Miller Family Foundation | Mintz Group

Robert T. Mowrey | Mike A. Myers | Vin and Caren Prothro Foundation

Scott, Douglass & McConnico | Texas Legal Services Center

Thompson & Knight Foundation | Cissy and T. John Ward