State Bar of Texas
June 8, 2010

Contact: Kim Davey,, 800.204.2222 x 1713 or 512.427.1713

Waco Individuals and Organizations Honored by State Bar of Texas

FORT WORTH – Presentation of awards honoring exceptional service to the public and the legal profession will be a highlight of the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, to be held June 10-11 at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

The following Waco area individuals and organizations are among those being honored:

Joy Borjes, Liberty Bell Award. This award is presented by the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) and honors an outstanding non-lawyer who has made a selfless contribution to his or her community to strengthen the effectiveness of the American system of justice. A Rural Advocate for Central Texas Family Abuse Center in Waco, Borjes is a licensed social worker who serves six Central Texas counties educating law enforcement, judicial and legal personnel, social workers, medical professionals, and educators about family violence, laws that affect victims, offenders and children, and the legal resources available for victims of crime. She works closely with the Victim Assistance Coordinator in each of the counties she serves and provides legal advocacy to victims and their families, ensuring they understand the legal process and are aware of the resources available to them—a task not easily accomplished in the rural areas she covers. Borjes also works tirelessly to recruit and train volunteers for the Family Abuse Center, thereby guaranteeing additional advocates to assist crime victims in Central Texas.

Heather A. Creed, Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) President's Award of Merit. Creed, who serves as Assistant Dean of Professional Development & Student Relations at Baylor Law School, was asked to help facilitate a TYLA project that would expose Central Texas area high school students to diversity issues. She created the "Central Texas Diversity Forum" and created three new 30-minute projects, including a mini-mock trial, a group debate on Affirmative Action, and a mock law school class taught by law professors. The project will be shared with students across Texas for years to come.

David Dickson, a Presidential Citation for serving as chair of the Professionalism Committee and leading the effort to implement the "Transition to Practice" and "After the Bar Exam" programs. Dickson's leadership and professionalism are reflected in these programs that demonstrate the legal profession's commitment to the newest Texas lawyers.

Baylor University School of Law, a Presidential Citation, for all the support Dean Toben and the Law School have so generously demonstrated throughout the year Roland K. Johnson, a Baylor University School of Law alum, served as president of the State Bar of Texas.

The State Bar of Texas is an administrative agency of the Supreme Court of Texas that 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.