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NEW POSITIONS . . . Rebecca Clausen Kinchen and Joseph P. Roger have joined Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carr�re & Den�gre in Houston. Kinchen joined as special counsel in the business and commercial litigation group. Roger is an associate with the corporate and securities group. . . . Robert J. Walner has been named executive vice president and general counsel of Dallas-based CompUSA. He previously was chief legal and compliance officer for Inland Retail Real Estate Trust Inc. . . . Mary Dale and Elizabeth Salinas-Strittmatter have joined Fritz, Byrne, Head & Harrison in Austin as associates. Dale practices commercial litigation and employment law, and Salinas-Strittmatter focuses on commercial litigation. . . . Tamra Williams has joined Winstead in Dallas as a real estate and real estate finance associate. . . . Anu Kumar has joined Burleson Cooke in Houston as counsel. Her practice focuses on commercial law and securities. . . . Civil litigator Christopher L. “Chris” Elliott has become of counsel at Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody in Austin. He was previously with Crews & Elliott. . . . David K. Meyercord has joined Strasburger & Price in Dallas as of counsel in the corporate and securities practice. He was previously executive vice president and general counsel at Horizon Health Corp. . . . Partner Patricia B. Lehtola in Dallas has been named vice chairwoman of the labor and employment section at Godwin Pappas Ronquillo. APPOINTMENT . . . Chris White, a real estate and banking associate with Thompson & Knight in Dallas, has been appointed to the Nationwide Life Insurance Co. Servicing Advisory Council, which is composed of national service providers who assist Nationwide’s lending and loan servicing function. AWARDS . . . Trial attorney David J. Beck, a founding partner of Beck, Redden & Secrest in Houston, has received the Leon Green Award from the Texas Law Review Association for outstanding contributions to the legal profession. . . . Mary Kay Sicola, a family law attorney with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, received the 2007 Litigation Award from the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association. . . . Douglas S. Lang of Dallas, justice of the 5th Court of Appeals, received the 2007 Lola Wright Foundation Award from the Texas Bar Foundation. The award recognizes outstanding public service in advancing and enhancing legal ethics in Texas. ELECTIONS . . . Sofia Adrogue, a partner in Looper Reed & McGraw in Houston, has been elected to serve on the board of the United Way of Greater Houston. . . . W. Thomas “Tommy” Proctor, a Houston attorney with his own mediation and arbitration firm, has become the new president of the Houston Bar Association. Also installed as officers are: Travis J. Sales, Baker Botts, president-elect; Denise Scofield, Connelly “Baker “Maston “Wotring “Jackson, first vice president; Lynette K. Fons, Beirne, Maynard & Parsons, second vice president; T. Mark Kelly, Vinson & Elkins, secretary; and Barrett H. Reasoner, Gibbs & Bruns, treasurer. Glenn A. Ballard Jr. of Bracewell & Giuliani will serve as immediate past president. HONOR . . . Robert Witte, a shareholder in Winstead in Dallas, has been named a 2007 Outstanding Young Dallasite by the Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce. NEW FIRM . . . Adam Schiffer, Al Odom and Andy Hicks have formed Schiffer Odom Hicks, Phoenix Tower, 3200 Southwest Freeway, Suite 2390, Houston 77027; www.sohlawfirm.com .

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