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NEW POSITIONS . . . Tawanna Lynn Cesare has joined Moses, Palmer & Howell in Fort Worth as an associate. Her practice focuses on commercial litigation and family law. She previously was with Cantey & Hanger. . . . Kathleen E. Magruder has joined Brown McCarroll in Houston as a partner in the utility law section, and M�nica Jim�nez has joined the firm in Austin as an associate with the environmental section. . . . Jeff Bentch, Jas Brar, Patrice Balhoff Childress and Alex Roberts have joined Beck, Redden & Secrest in Houston as associates. . . . So�a Ramirez has joined Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart in San Antonio as an associate. She represents management in employment law matters. APPOINTMENTS/ELECTION . . . Renee F. McElhaney, a shareholder in Cox Smith Matthews in San Antonio, has been named vice chairwoman of the board of directors of USLAW NETWORK, a national organization of independent member firms. . . . John H. Martin, a partner in Thompson & Knight in Dallas, has been elected president of DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar, a nationwide organization of civil defense attorneys. His practice focuses on mass tort and aviation litigation. Scott P. Stolley, also a partner in Dallas, has been appointed chairman of DRI’s Appellate Advocacy Committee. HONORS . . . Kristen R. Gibson, an associate with the real estate and banking practice group at Thompson & Knight in Houston, has received the Stakeholder 100 Award, given to top-performing associates of color. . . . Hunton & Williams received mortgage funding corporation Fannie Mae’s inaugural Bridge Builder Award for the firm’s commitment to diversity. . . . Alma Lopez, chief justice of the 4th Court of Appeals, and the late Harold H. “Hal” Walker Jr., founding partner of Rose Walker in Dallas, were honored by St. Mary’s University School of Law as 2007 Distinguished Law Graduates. . . . Nelsy Gomez was honored as a “Shaker” at the Greater Southwest Houston Chamber of Commerce’s Movers and Shakers luncheon. The event recognizes women who have been in their careers less than five years and are moving up while also making an impact on their communities. Gomez is an immigration associate with Coane and Associates in Houston. . . . Dallas solo Charla Aldous has been inducted into the Inner Circle of Advocates, an organization that recognizes plaintiffs lawyers who have tried at least 50 personal-injury trials and obtained at least three verdicts exceeding $1 million. NEW ADDRESSES . . . McDaniel & Allen has become McDaniel Hohlt with the addition of shareholders Eileen M. Hohlt, Kelly A. Conklin and Terri M. Garcia. The firm has relocated its offices to 3555 Timmons Lane, Suite 1227, Houston 77027; telephone (713) 227-5001; fax (713) 227-8750. . . . Conley Rose has relocated its Austin and Plano offices. The Plano office address is Granite Park Three, 5601 Granite Parkway, Plano 75024; telephone (972) 731-2288; fax (972) 731-2289. The Austin office address is 2508 Ashley Worth Blvd., Suite 200, Austin 78738; telephone (512) 610-3410; fax (512) 610-3456.

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