Bill Text: TX SR45 | 2017 | 85th Legislature 1st Special Session | Enrolled

Bill Title: Recognizing David Hall on the occasion of his retirement.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Passed) 2017-07-24 - Reported enrolled [SR45 Detail]

Download: Texas-2017-SR45-Enrolled.html
         WHEREAS, The Senate of the State of Texas is pleased to
  recognize David Hall, who is retiring after 42 years of
  exceptional service as executive director of Texas RioGrande
  Legal Aid; and
         WHEREAS, David Hall first joined the organization, then
  known as Texas Rural Legal Aid, in 1970 as a board member; he
  became the organization's executive director in 1975 and later
  played a vital role in the merger with four other legal aid
  associations that created Texas RioGrande Legal Aid; and
         WHEREAS, Through the years, Mr. Hall has been at the
  forefront of many of the legal battles that transformed the
  landscape of civil rights in the Rio Grande Valley, notably in
  the United States Supreme Court case that led to the reform of the
  state's discriminatory practices for selecting grand juries; he
  also led the organization's efforts to protect the rights of
  farmworkers, including a case in which multiple state
  restrictions on picketing were overturned; and
         WHEREAS, Under his leadership, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
  has gone from being a small organization with a handful of
  attorneys defending farmworkers in South Texas to being the
  nation's third-largest legal aid provider, with 175 civil and
  criminal lawyers who annually provide free legal services to
  25,000 low-income persons from all backgrounds, including
  veterans, persons who are homeless, elderly, or disabled, those
  facing economic or social barriers to their health, and survivors
  of sexual assault or domestic violence; and
         WHEREAS, David Hall has received numerous honors and
  accolades for his work, including recognition by Texas Lawyer
  magazine as a Legal Legend and as one of the 25 greatest Texas
  lawyers of the past quarter century; and
         WHEREAS, An exceptional attorney and organizer, he is
  widely respected and admired, and his presence as executive
  director of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid will be greatly missed;
  now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas, 85th
  Legislature, 1st Called Session, hereby commend David Hall on his
  commitment to providing access to equal justice under the law and
  extend to him best wishes for continued success in all his
  endeavors; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be prepared for
  him as an expression of esteem from the Texas Senate.
        President of the Senate
        I hereby certify that the
    above Resolution was adopted by
    the Senate on July 24, 2017.
        Secretary of the Senate
         Member, Texas Senate