Stewart W. Gagnon
James B. Sales
Outgoing chairman and Fulbright partner Stewart Gagnon closed his year of service at the Houston Bar Foundation’s Annual Meeting by installing the inaugural presentation of the James B. Sales Pro Bono Leadership Award.
The inaugural beneficiary of the award went to its namesake, Jim Sales. Honoring Sales’ lifelong commitment to providing Texas citizens with equal access to justice was just one of many initiatives that marked Sales’ legacy.
Sales, a former Texas Bar and Houston Bar president, was also the founder of the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program, a program that has since been replicated in a number of jurisdictions. The first chair of the Houston Bar Foundation, Sales also started the Foundation Fellows Program, which provides funding for the HBA’s pro bono efforts. Because of these and other leadership initiatives, the Texas Supreme Court asked Sales to chair the Texas Access to Justice Commission. TAJC initiates and implements policy initiatives to give access to those who may encounter barriers to the Texas civil justice system.
The James B. Sales Pro Bono Leadership Award will be given annually to leaders in the legal field and champions of those less fortunate.
Fulbright was also one of two large law firms recognized for its outstanding contribution to the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program.