Contact: Robert Soard
First Assistant County Attorney
County Attorney Vince Ryan was honored Friday by the State Bar of Texas Office of Minority Affairs and the Steering Committee of the Texas Minority Counsel Program (TMCP).
County Attorney Ryan was chosen to receive the 2015 TMCP Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented before an audience of more than 500 attorneys at the TMCP Keynote Awards Luncheon at the Westin Houston Memorial City.
“It is an honor to be included among the recipients of this award,” said Ryan. “I firmly believe in the mission of the Texas Minority Counsel Program and look forward to continuing to advocate for more and improved opportunities for women and minorities in the legal profession.”
The TMCP Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an attorney who has demonstrated extraordinary support and advocacy for the advancement of women and minorities in the legal profession over the course of their legal career. The award is based on the significant contributions an attorney has made toward the promotion of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Past award recipients include former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson and retired Sr. Vice President and General Counsel of Shell Oil Company Catherine Lamboley.
“For a lifetime, Vince Ryan has been committed to fostering diversity in the legal community, enhancing inclusion, and increasing the amount of opportunities for diverse attorneys in the marketplace,” said Travis Torrence, Vice President of Legal for Jiffy Lube International, Inc. and Senior Legal Counsel for Shell Oil Company. “We could not think of a more deserving candidate for our Lifetime Achievement Award. As a Houstonian and someone who has worked directly with Vince, I am especially proud of his contributions to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and beyond.”
Ryan has been a member of the Houston Bar Association’s Minority Opportunities in the Legal Profession program since its inception. As an Assistant County Attorney from 1981 to 1983, then First Assistant County Attorney from 1983 to 1987, he led the Office’s efforts to recruit and retain minority and women attorneys. Today, ten of the 14 management positions in the Harris County Attorney’s Office are held by women and minorities.
The Texas Minority Counsel Program was created in 1993 with the mission of increasing opportunities for minority and women attorneys who provide legal services to corporate and government clients and to expose those organizations to the legal talent of diverse attorneys. Since its inception, the TMCP has been instrumental in enhancing opportunities for diverse attorneys.
The Harris County Attorney's Office represents the County, its departments, elected and appointed officials, and employees in all civil matters that involve county business. Our Office also represents the Harris County Hospital District, the Harris County Flood Control District, the Harris County Appraisal Review Board, and the Greater 911 Emergency Network, which are separate legal entities.