Welcome! Here's what's happening:
Luncheon Speaker for March
Judge Gene Calvert to Speak on
Living Out Your Faith as an Attorney and Judge
Our speaker at the Belo on Thursday, March 19th, will be the Hon. A. Gene Calvert, Jr., Judge of County Court at Law No. 2, Ellis County, who will share his faith and his learnings about how to live your faith in both practicing law and serving as a trial court judge.
Judge Calvert was first elected to office in 2002 and recently was reelected to his fourth term. He is known for his innovative approaches to juvenile delinquency cases that incorporate biblical principles.
The Ellis County Courts at Law are statutory county courts having broad jurisdiction over all causes and proceedings including criminal, civil, probate and juvenile, and may exercise concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in most cases.
Prior to being elected to the bench, Judge Calvert worked as an attorney both in a large law firm setting in Dallas and in a firm in which he practiced with his wife. He is an ordained minister, and has served as chaplain/minister in many settings, including the Olympics in Spain, Norway, and Atlanta.
Judge Calvert earned his J.D., M.A. and B.A. degrees from Baylor University, where he played football from 1980 to 1984. He soon will celebrate twenty-five years of marriage to his wife, Suzanne, the managing attorney of her own an insurance defense firm in Dallas. They have three children.
I hope you will be as enthused as I am to hear from this distinguished Christian jurist.
Inner City Leadership Training Launched
On February 25th CLS facilitators Emily Wall, Jon Mureen, Nick Foley and Steve Morton taught the CLAY Student Leadership curriculum at Dade Middle School, the feeder school to Lincoln and Madison High Schools in South Dallas. Our subject was Leadership: What is it? How broad is the influence of our choices? Who influenced you the most and why? What can you do to lead yourself to make good choices? We shared some life experiences as part of our teaching. This program can positively affect students’ attitudes and decisions. They listened and I believe that many learned.
More lawyers plan to participate as schedules permit. We have opportunities to teach coming up on March 25th (attitude) and April 29th (perseverance), and we’ll need guest speakers (who need not have had CLAY training) on May 14th. If we are effective this Spring, there is an opportunity for us to make a much more significant impact on these and other students next fall. More later.
A Dade Middle School counselor who was in one of the classrooms remarked that “the students were all encouraged by the leadership class. I was surprised and encouraged by their answers to the questions, and there is no doubt that the students loved the class.” In addition to the privilege of serving these students, CLS made a $2,000 donation to subsidize providing CLAY materials to the Dade Middle School Leadership Academy.
We look forward to seeing you at the Belo! Bring a friend!
HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON!