State Bar of Texas
Sept. 22, 2009

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State Bar of Texas Honors Two Local Lawyers as Bar Board Meets in Galveston

(Galveston, Texas) – State Bar of Texas President Roland K. Johnson of Fort Worth will present resolutions honoring two Galveston County attorneys at noon Friday at the Hotel Galvez in Galveston in conjunction with a meeting of the Bar's board of directors.

Duana Boswell-Loechel will be honored for providing pro bono legal assistance to people in need through Lone Star Legal Aid. Following the devastation caused by Hurricane Ike, Boswell-Loechel volunteered at the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center, joining Lone Star Legal Aid attorneys in providing FEMA and other needs assistance, as well as handling tenant-landlord and contractor fraud issues. She practices family law, real estate, tax and estate planning, as well as mediation and arbitration. She is active in the Galveston County Bar Association and currently serves as treasurer.

Jeffrey H. Kilgore will also be honored for his efforts in ensuring access to justice. Kilgore was instrumental in establishing the Galveston County Bar Association Pro Bono Program and encourages other Galveston attorneys to handle pro bono cases for low-income Galveston residents who cannot afford legal services. Kilgore served as president of the Galveston County Bar Association during 2008-09, and served two terms as president of the Mediators' Association of Galveston County. He is chair of the board of Galveston Mediation Services and a member of the State Bar of Texas Alternative Dispute Resolution Section.

The State Bar will also present a resolution recognizing National Pro Bono Week. The American Bar Association has designated October 25-31, 2009 as the first National Pro Bono Week Celebration to recognize valuable pro bono contributions made by lawyers and to increase pro bono participation across the country. The work of Boswell-Loechel, Kilgore and others makes a significant difference in the lives of Texans who would not otherwise have access to the legal system.

The State Bar of Texas is an administrative agency of the Supreme Court of Texas. The Bar provides educational programs for the legal profession and the public, administers the minimum continuing legal education program for attorneys, and manages the attorney discipline system.