New Positions

. . . Kelly Vickers of Dallas has been promoted to partner in Locke Lord.

. . . Michelle Reed of Dallas and Gabriel J. Procaccini of Houston have become partners in Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

. . . Amber Liddell Alwais has become a partner in McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing in San Antonio.

. . . Karen H. Currie, Evan P. Singer, and Emmanuel E. Ubiñas have been named partners in Jones Day in Dallas.

. . . Susan P. Burton has been named vice president of Graves Dougherty Moody & Hearon in Austin.

. . . John A. Hay III, a founding and managing member of Hay Compere in Austin, has become a member of the Real Estate Council of Austin Inc. board of directors.

. . . Joseph B. Morris, previously a 5th Court of Appeals justice, has joined Hankinson LLP in Dallas as of counsel.

. . . Ramzi Khazen of Austin and Christopher Bovenkamp, Steven Callahan and Jason Cassady of Dallas have become principals in McKool Smith.

. . . The following have become partners in Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan: in Austin, James E. Guy, a member of the energy and environmental team; and in Houston, Juan C. Garcia and Jack Massey, both members of the litigation team.

Elections

. . . Elisabeth A. Wilson, an associate with Winstead in Dallas, has been elected president-elect of the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association.

. . . Jordan W. Cowman, a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig in Dallas, has been elected the 2013 president and 2014 chairman of the board for the Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation.

Honors

. . . State Rep. Elliott Naishtat, D-Austin, of counsel at Scanlan, Buckle & Young, has received the Texas Access to Justice Legislative Hero Award.

. . . J. Bradley Compere, a founder and managing member of Hay Compere in Austin, has been named a Texas Bar Foundation fellow.

. . . Al Ellis, of counsel at Sommerman & Quesada in Dallas, has been selected to receive the 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Justice Award from the Dallas Bar Association.

. . . Karl W. Seelbach, an associate with Winstead in Austin, has been named a Texas Bar Foundation fellow.

. . . The legal department of American Airlines has been selected to receive the Out and Proud Corporate Counsel Award from the National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Bar Association.

Reappointments

. . . The Texas Supreme Court has reappointed the following commissioners to the Texas Access to Justice Commission: Al Bennett, judge of the 61st Civil District Court in Harris County; Richard L. “Dick” Tate, partner in Richmond’s Tate, Moerer & King; and Michelle Cheng, attorney at Whitehurst, Harkness, Brees & Cheng in Austin.

. . . The Texas Supreme Court has reappointed Smith County Judge Joel Baker to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.