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2014 Austin Bar Foundation GalaClose to 500 attorney, judges, friends and family gathered February 1 for the Austin Bar Foundation's 11th Annual Gala, benefitting the Foundation's many community projects. Through the generosity of the legal community and numerous auction-item donors, the event raised $80,000!

Pete Winstead accepts award.

The theme of the night was Austin City Lawyers: Going Local with the Bar. The Four Seasons Ballroom was transformed into an Austin microcosm, complete with posters of Austin hot spots, including the Broken Spoke, bats living under the Congress Avenue bridge, and, of course, the Austin skyline. 

To top it off, Austinite Dale Watson and His Lonestars played for a packed dance floor, featuring old and new favorites. 

The Austin Bar Foundation's Gala is often jokingly referred to as "lawyer prom." Lawyers get dressed up, have a fancy meal, and hobnob with hundreds of lawyers and judges. But the real reason for the event is to raise money for events like Austin Adoption Day and legal advice clinics.  


Foundation Mission

The mission of the Austin Bar Foundation is to support and expand the provision of legal-related charitable and educational programs and services in Central Texas. Your tax-deductible contribution of $200 or $2,000 will help provide and support legal services to low-income Texans, legal education programs, and assistance to lawyers in need.

Fellows, Life Fellows, and Sustaining Fellows will be recognized annually in the Austin Lawyer publication. To become a Fellow, Life Fellow, or Sustaining Fellow, please click here for a form to complete and return to the Austin Bar Foundation.

Click on the links above to see a current list of the Austin Bar Foundation Fellows and for information about the annual Gala fundraiser. 

  Board of Directors 2013 - 2014

Lance Sharp

Christopher J. Oddo
Toya Cirica Cook Haley
Laura Sharp
Laura Merritt


Eric Behrens
David Chamberlain
Michelle Cheng
D. Michael Dodd
Judge Elisabeth Earle
Manuel Escobar
Patrick Keel

Shannon Meroney
Cindy Olson Bourland
Judge Eric Shepperd
Judge Tim Sulak
Gavin Villareal
Jane Webre

Executive Director

DeLaine Ward


Legal Build: Watch the new video about the 2013 Legal Build project - a partnership between the Austin Bar Foundation and Austin Habitat for Humanity. Help us build a house for the Ruiz family. Donate $15 today!


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