Our Office was well represented at this year’s Texas District and County Attorney’s Association Civil Law Seminar held in San Antonio from May 8-10, with a number of Assistant County Attorneys from Harris County in attendance.
Presenting from our Office were Mary Baker and Lisa Hulsey on “Jail Standards Update”; Barbara Armstrong, “Purchasing Nuts & Bolts,” and Rock Owens on “A Case Study in Environmental Law.”
The general session provided an outlook on the legislative session and the ethics of using outside counsel. Other topics included criminal discovery in civil files and environmental enforcement. There were four tracks focusing on specific topics, plus forums devoted to both rural and urban issues.
Barbara Armstrong was awarded the 2019 Gerald Summerford Civil Practitioner of the Year.
Barbara received the award in a ceremony during the TDCAA Civil Law Seminar in San Antonio, Wednesday, May 8.
“It means so much because it’s your colleagues saying they consider you to be someone who deserves to be awarded based on your work,” said Barbara.
The award is named for Gerald Summerford who served as an assistant district attorney in Tarrant County from 1972 until 1994 and who was known for his expertise in contract law and his colorful presentations filled with jokes and stories.
Barbara has been with the Office of the Harris County Attorney since 2006 where she has served as an Assistant County Attorney for the Hospital District, a Managing Attorney for the General Counsel Practice Group and was recently appointed an Executive Managing Attorney with Melissa Spinks, Tiffany Reedy, and Curtrina Managers.