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Young Attorneys Embark on 18th Year of Delivering Holiday Cheer to Underprivileged Students

December 7, 2006

HOUSTON (Dec. 7, 2006) – Holiday-spirited volunteers from Bracewell & Giuliani LLP and others from the legal community will celebrate the 18th annual Adopt an Angel project as they deliver 1,250 gift bags to students at Grimes and Petersen Elementary Schools Tuesday, Dec. 12, and Wednesday, Dec. 13.

Legal community volunteers team up with the teachers to transform the school cafeterias to holiday wonderlands for the students. The children then assemble to receive a personalized bag of holiday gifts from Santa Claus.

Sponsored by the Houston Young Lawyers Foundation with the assistance of the Houston Young Lawyers Association, Adopt an Angel was established to deliver holiday cheer to underprivileged, inner-city, elementary-aged children. This year, about 1,600 lawyers and law firm administrators across Houston spent several weeks reviewing each child's wish list. The volunteers shopped and wrapped the items as well as assembled as many as a dozen bicycles and tricycles. The collective annual philanthropic donation totaled more than $50,000.

Chairing the event since its inception in 1989, Bracewell is teaming up with 45 community-minded law firms to "adopt" underprivileged children by providing them with gifts for the holidays. Bracewell attorney Christopher L. Dodson and Fulbright & Jaworski attorney Kirsten Hetzel Wilson co-chair the Adopt an Angel committee. 

"This event is a reminder of what is truly important at this time of year," Dodson said. "The time and effort are worth it when these young people extend such excitement and gratitude."

"Adopt an Angel allows young attorneys to get involved in their community early in their careers, and the project draws on the generosity of so many people who work in the legal community," said Bracewell partner and Houston Bar Association president Glenn A. Ballard.

HBA first established HYLA as a special section of the bar until it grew to become an independent non-profit in the 1970s. 

Adopt an Angel volunteers will deliver gifts to the two Houston Independent School District elementary schools as well as to children's charities Casa de Esperanza and House of Tiny Treasures.