The Kay Sim Endowment: Maintaining Access to Justice in Houston
Make Justice Happen for the Next 150 Years
The Houston Bar Association celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2020. In recognition, the Houston Bar Foundation is proud to announce the Kay Sim Endowment for Access to Justice. The HBF has set a goal of raising $2.5 million. The campaign will culminate at the Annual Gala celebrating the Houston Bar Association’s 150th Anniversary on May 14, 2020.
The Kay Sim Endowment, when added to the HBF’s existing funds, will sustain future annual funding for pro bono legal services in Harris County through Houston Volunteer Lawyers. The Campaign honors retired Executive Director Kay Sim, who has dedicated her 40-year career with the Houston Bar Association to helping Houston lawyers and the people they serve.
Houston Lawyers Helping People in Need
The Houston Bar Foundation is the largest annual funding source for the Houston Volunteer Lawyers. Last year, Houston lawyers donated over $5 million in legal services, including:
- Advising over 6,000 low-income Houstonians, over 2,000 of whom were United States veterans.
- Assisting over 10,000 self-representing litigants in the Harris County Civil Courthouse and Harris County Law Library.
- Referring more than 1,300 cases to pro bono lawyers for extended pro bono representation.
- Coordinating over 500 volunteers who donated more than 2,000 hours to provide disaster legal services at shelters and relief centers in response to Hurricane Harvey.
For more information about the Kay Sim Endowment, contact Diane Cervenka, Director of Development for the Houston Bar Association & Houston Bar Foundation, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (713) 759-1133.
Judy & David Beck
Shauna Clark & Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
Lela & Robin Gibbs
T. Mark Kelly & Vinson & Elkins LLP
Christine LaFollette & Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld L.L.P.
Nancy McGregor & Neal Manne
Jason M. Ryan & CenterPoint Energy, Inc.
Sheridan & John Eddie Williams, Jr.
Jane & Doug Bland*
Susan & Barrett Reasoner*
Alexandra & Randall Sorrels
Friends of Kay Sim
Nichole & Benny Agosto, Jr.*
Mary & Jack Balagia*
Susan L. Bickley & Robert Scott
Meredith & Carter Crow
Mindy & Joshua Davidson*
Wendy & Alistair Dawson*
Susan & Jim Hart*
Elizabeth & Bill Kroger*
Carrin Patman & Jim Derrick
Cristina & Robert Rodriguez*
Sandy & Travis Sales*
Denise & John Scofield*
Travis Torrence & Heath LaPray*
Friends of the Houston Bar Foundation
Susan & Tom Brandt
Keri Brown & Ben Womack
Polly & Stephen Fohn
Lynn & Stewart Gagnon
Tom & Debbie Godbold
Tammie & David Harrell
Lindsey & Greg Heath
Hillary H. Holmes & Matthew Archer
Laura & Jeff Kaplan
Dana & Neil Kelly
Kathy Patrick & Arthur Murphy
Annsley & Christopher Popov
Macey & Harry Reasoner
Sandy & Bill Swenson
Friends of Justice for All
Nancy & Scott Atlas
Page & Gregory Cokinos
Jacquelyn & Collin Cox
Amy Catherine Dinn & Jake Goldstein
Donna Lax-Edison & Andrew Edison
The Hon. Sylvia Matthews & Murray Fogler
Cisselon Nichols Hurd & Jim Hurd
Debbie & Frank Jones
Ginny & Richard Mithoff
Judy & Dudley Oldham
Debbie & Kent W. “Rocky” Robinson
Karen & Scott Rozzell
The Hon. Frank B. Rynd
Gay & Kenneth R. Wynne
* = Founding members