Champions of Justice Gala 2019

On April 30, 2019, the Texas Access to Justice Commission and the State Bar of Texas will host the 10th Annual Champions of Justice Gala Benefiting Veterans at the AT&T Conference Center in Austin. Proceeds directly support civil legal aid to low-income veterans in Texas.

Keynote Speaker

Phil Klay is a graduate of Dartmouth College and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in Iraq’s Anbar Province from January 2007 to February 2008 as a Public Affairs Officer. After being discharged, Klay received his MFA from Hunter College. He is the author of Redeployment, a powerful collection of short stories that takes readers to the front lines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In his book and public lectures, Klay explores the complex feelings of brutality, faith, guilt, and fear that a soldier experiences during war, while also revealing the isolation and despair that can accompany a soldier’s homecoming.

With his stark, realistic depictions of war, Klay’s book has been praised as “one of the best debuts of the year” by the Portland Oregonian and author Karen Russell calls his writing “searing and powerful, unsparing of its characters and its readers.” Redeployment won the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction and the 2015 Chautauqua Prize. His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Granta, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, the New York Daily News, Tin House, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012. For more information on Phil Klay, please visit

Learn more about sponsorship opportunities or buy tickets now!

Thank you for your generous support!

We deeply thank the State Bar of Texas for co-sponsoring this event, ensuring that proceeds directly support legal aid for low-income Texas Veterans.

2019 Sponsors:

Champions of Justice 

Advocates of Justice

Benefactors of Justice

Baker Botts L.L.P.

King & Spalding

Perkins Coie LLP

Sidley Austin LLP


Patrons of Justice


Alexander Dubose & Jefferson LLP

Apache Corporation

Arnold & Porter

Baylor Law School

Beck Redden LLP

Corporate Counsel Section, SBOT

David. R. McAtee II

Davis, Cedillo & Mendoza, Inc.

Dell Legal and The Honorable Lee Yeakel Intellectual Property American Inn of Court

Dorothea L. Leonhardt Foundation

Gibbs & Bruns LLP

Gibson Dunn


Harriet Miers

Haynes and Boone, LLP

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

KBR, Inc.

Latham & Watkins LLP

National Western Life Ins. Co.

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Patricia Villareal & Thomas Leatherbury

Pirkey Barber PLLC

Randall M. Ebner & Ricki Ebner

Scott Douglass & McConnico LLP

Texas Legal Services Center

The University of Texas School of Law

Winstead PC


Contributions of $1,000 or more

Chevron Phillips Chemical L.P.

Jerry and Mark Clements

Neal and Beth Sutton 

Regina Rogers

The Jeff B. and Katherine B. Love Foundation

Thompson & Knight LLP


For more information about sponsoring or attending the event, please contact Kaitlyn Eberhardt, 512-427-1730 or