New Positions

. . . Holly Eckert has joined McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing in Dallas as an associate.

. . . Chris Hanslik of Houston, chairman of BoyarMiller and leader of the firm’s litigation group, has joined the board of directors of the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas.

. . . Kourtney Schroeder has joined Crinion Davis & Richardson in Houston as an associate.

Appointment

. . . . Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Christi Craddick of Austin to the Railroad Commission of Texas.

Award

. . . Daniel D. Horowitz III, a partner in Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend in Houston, has received the 2012 Reich Chandler Outstanding Advocate Award from the Texas Trial Lawyers Association.

Honors

. . . Leslie Benitez, co-managing partner in Gordon & Rees in Austin, has been named the diversity chairwoman of the steering committee of the Defense Research Institute’s Drug and Medical Device Committee.

. . . The Texas Trial Lawyers Association has installed W. Bradley Parker, a partner in Parker McDonald in Fort Worth, as its 2013 president. The association also has elected Michael Guajardo, a partner in Guajardo & Marks in Dallas, as its 2013 president-elect.