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contents May/June 2021

Volume 58 Number 6




2020 Wrap-Up: Looking 10 Vision Back at Looking Forward By Tim McInturf

Service 12 ProTheBono Next Twenty Years: A Call for Continued Pro Bono Efforts By Anne Chandler

Serving Pro Bono Clients in a Pandemic: Houston Volunteer Lawyers Thompson Knight’s ‘This is Our Town’ Initiative By Michele (Mitch) Gibbons



Stacy Allen: Representing Protestors By Anietie Akpan

BakerRipley’s Immigration Legal Services Collaborative By cindy ramirez

from the Judiciary 18 Reflections Civil Courts The Hon. Mike Engelhart

Criminal Courts

The Hon. Lori Chambers Gray

Federal Courts –An Interview with The Hon. Andrew M. Edison Houston Municipal Courts The Hon. J. Elaine Marshall



22 Education A Transformative Year for

Students with Disabilities

By Kevin P. Shields and Jennifer Swanson

Lawyers Fighting for Education Justice in 2021 By Andrew Hairston

Rights 29 Equal A Rainbow During a Pandemic: Bostock’s Impact in Texas By Cheri Thomas

Bearing Witness to Hate

The Houston Lawyer

By Joshua D. Lee, Sarah Tejada, Kristina Vu and Nadine Ona Cover: The HBA conducts Law Day Poster, Photography and Essay contests in local elementary, middle and high schools throughout the area in the weeks surrounding Law Day, May 1. Featured here are some of the winning entries. To see all of the contest winners, visit To read the first place essay, see page 36. Clockwise from left: “Laws Help Us” by Angel Olivera, Sabrina Tittle, Lesley Valadez and Alyssa Celis of MacArthur High School; “Fairness, Equality and Kindness” by Ryuki Hotta, 2nd grade, Austin Parkway Elementary School; “58 Years and Still Dreaming” by Amare’on Reyna, 12th grade, G.W. Carver Magnet School; “We the People” by Logan Lyn, 5th Grade, iUniversity Prep; “Remember Bald Eagle” by Naoki Hotta, kindergarten, St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica; “Lives Matter” by Aven Lumpkin, 5th grade, The Wide School; and “Standing Up for Equality” by Shelby Morrison, 8th grade, Wood Junior High School. The Houston Lawyer (ISSN 0439-660X, U.S.P.S 008-175) is published bimonthly by The Houston Bar Association, 1111 Bagby Street, FLB 200, Houston, TX 77002. Periodical postage paid at Houston, Texas. Subscription rate: $12 for members. $25.00 non-members. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: The Houston Lawyer, 1111 Bagby Street, FLB 200, Houston, TX 77002. Telephone: 713-759-1133. All editorial inquiries should be addressed to The Houston Lawyer at the above address. All advertising inquiries should be addressed to: Quantum/SUR, 10306 Olympia Dr., Houston, TX 77042, 281-955-2449 ext 1,, e-mail: Views expressed in The Houston Lawyer are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the editors or the Houston Bar Association. Publishing of an advertisement does not imply endorsement of any product or service offered. ©The Houston Bar Association/QuantumSUR, Inc., 2021. All rights reserved.

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Law 32 Practicing Adapting to Disruptions By Ruby L. Powers

The Post Pandemic Residential Foreclosure Landscape By Dominique Marshall Varner

COVID’s Impact on Houston Commercial Real Estate

By Cassandra McGarvey

Texas Insurance Law in 2021 and Beyond

By Stephen P. Pate and Karl A. Schulz

36 HBA Law Day Essay Contest By Eric Lee