Thank you for helping us celebrate the first year of our
redesigned Super Lawyers Magazine.
We hope you’ve noticed fresh touches—like
“Discovery,” a brief Q&A that gives one of your
colleagues the solo spotlight. And “Local Counsel,”
a definitive guide that scores you the inside scoop on
what’s good in the neighborhood.
And we’re still innovating. Often, it’s your innovation that
keeps us on our toes—that’s why you may see stories
like “De Novo,” about cutting-edge legal work; or “Firm
Forward,” which profiles creative ways that firms thrive.
The one thing we won’t reinvent is our bedrock—the
compelling attorney profiles that have won our editorial
team more than a dozen national journalism awards.
How do we choose which lawyers to profile? They must
be selected to the current year’s Super Lawyers list.
Then we consider which firms and practice areas we’ve
We aim for regional, gender and ethnic diversity, too.
Attorneys ranking near the top of the list are more likely
to appear on the cover. And the story itself is crucial. The
one thing that isn’t a factor? Advertising. As with the
Super Lawyers list, editorial is never for sale.
In this issue, we spotlight pro bono work and community
service. Our cover story on legal access confirms that
lawyers are known for helping those who couldn’t
otherwise afford a chance at justice. But it finds that the
need is great—and growing. Also, at Alexander Dubose
Jefferson & Townsend in Austin, Doug Alexander
shares how he honed his communication skills as a
teen, working with volunteer service groups in Central
America. And at Mehaffy Weber in Beaumont, we talk
to four attorneys who have brought volunteerism to a
new level, spending as much time on community and
charitable commitments as on their regular work. In
Houston, Paul Yetter with Yetter Coleman talks with us
about his 12-year—and counting—pro bono battle to
reform Texas’ foster-care system.
Thanks for reading. Drop us a line—we’d love to get
GENERAL MANAGER Laura Long
PUBLISHER Cindy Larson
EDITORIAL & RESEARCH
DIRECTOR OF EDITORIAL & RESEARCH Ron Cahill
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Erik Lundegaard
EDITOR Beth Taylor
MANAGING EDITOR Ross Pfund
CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Trevor Kupfer, Amy White
EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Andrew Brandt
PHOTOGRAPHY Jeremy Enlow, Felix Sanchez
CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jenny Burman, Michael Corcoran,
Carlos Harrison, Alison Macor, Marc Ramirez, RJ Smith
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Staff at Super Lawyers
share what motivates them
to do charitable work:
A group of colleagues and I
volunteer at Ronald McDonald
Houses. We’ve prepared meals,
hosted the book club and
played basketball with the kids.
Since my family benefited from
the Ronald McDonald House,
I want to do what I can to
support other families.
LAURA ROEPKE GRAPEN TINE,
TEAM LEAD, RESEARCH
I volunteer with the Minnesota
Special Olympics, coaching in
the equestrian competition.
I enjoy sharing my horses
and helping others. If I can
help someone do something
they would not be able to do
otherwise, it’s a reward for me.
LAURA K. SMITH,
REPORTING ANALYS T
I find volunteer group projects
for my coworkers and myself. It
gives me a sense of well-being.
There have been times when
I needed help—when I was a
single mother and when my
house was destroyed by a flood.
AMY M. SHERREN,
PRODUC TION COORDINATOR