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The Texas State Bar is happy. This year, so many lawyers qualified for their annual Frank J. Scurlock Award honoring individuals for pro bono work that they had to give it to two of them. Stewart Gagnon of Houston’s Fulbright & Jaworski and Manuel Newburger of Austin’s Barron & Newburger shared the award. Gagnon teaches family law crash courses, taking it on the road sometimes to church groups and nonlawyers. Newburger, on the other hand, loves creative settlements. He has negotiated for defendants to cough up $5,000 for a legal aid clinic, and to provide free pizzas for a legal services fund-raising event. “If the money goes to charity, everyone is happy,” he says.

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