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The Texas State Bar is happy. This year, so many lawyers competed for the Fran J. Scurlock Award for pro bono services that they had to give away two of them. Stewart Gagnon, of Houston’s Fulbright & Jaworski, and Manuel Newburger, of Auston’s Barron & Newburger, shared the award. Gagnon is best known for teaching free crash courses in family law. Newburger, on the other hand, didn’t like how money from lawsuits just went to plaintiffs and lawyers. He has asked defendants to cough up donations of cash and even free pizza to various legal services. “If the money goes to charity, everyone is happy,” he says.

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