Monday, June 19th:  12:30 to 8:00 PM

5 hours of free MCLE for members, including 2 hours of ethics.

Join us the afternoon of June 19, at the annual Clarence Darrow Award & Summer CLE and party of the Harris County Democratic Lawyers’ Association!  See past winners.

Best deal in town – free for HCDLA members – for 5 pre-approved hours CLE with 1 hour Ethics, with all-star lineup, and including at the close of the event food, wine, beer, and a spectacular venue, Hotel Zaza!

  • 12:30 Check-in. Nachos & Antipasto available
  • 12:50 Opening Remarks & Announcements
  • 1:00-2:00 Fran Watson
    Civil Rights in 2017, the 50th Anniversary of Thurgood Marshall’s Swearing-in.
  • 2:00-3:00 Philip Zelikow
    Law & Order: Global, Balancing Civil Rights & National Security.
  • 3:00-3:15 Break with cheese, fruit, & sweets.
  • 3:15-4:15 Patricia Bernstein
    Ten Dollars to Hate: Then and Now.
  • 4:15-5:15 Reenactment of Texas 1925 All-Woman Supreme Court, Organized by: David Furlow
    Remarks by: Judge Ruby Kless Sondock, the first woman appointed to serve full time on the Texas Supreme Court
    Participants: US Federal Judge Lee Rosenthal, Judge Katie Kennedy, Judge Phyllis Frye, Justice Terry Jennings, Tim Riley and Alan Van Fleet.
  • 5:15 Reception begins, bar opens, & food served.
  • 5:45-6:45 Clarence Darrow Award Presentation.
  • National Anthem
    Isabel Artzer & Arjun Balkishan Singhal Clarence Darrow introduction, Dinesh Singhal, HCDLA President
    John Raley introduction – Mike Morton
    Award presentation & John Raley’s acceptance speech

For any inquiries, call 713-222-8500 or send an email to

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you on June 19 and thereafter!

Dinesh Singhal
President, Harris County Democratic Lawyers’ Association