New Positions

. . . Jeffrey B. Andrews has joined Bracewell & Giuliani as a partner in the firm’s technology practice in Houston.

. . . Mark D. Atkinson, former judge of the Criminal County Court-at-Law No. 13 in Harris County, has become executive director of the Texas Center for the Judiciary.

. . . Stephanie E. Kinzel-Tapper has been promoted to counsel at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan in Houston.

. . . Rhonda Bear Mates has been named a partner in Brown McCarroll in Austin.

. . . William B. Finkelstein has become the managing member of Dykema’s Dallas office.

. . . William T. Heller IV and Harry R. Beaudry have joined Mayer Brown as partners in the firm’s corporate and securities practice in Houston.

Election

. . . Michelle Hartmann, litigation partner in Weil, Gotshal & Manges in Dallas, has been chosen president of the Dallas Women Lawyers Association.

Honors

. . . Rebecca Tillery, associate with KoonsFuller in Dallas, has become board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

. . . Michelle Alcala, shareholder in Austin’s Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody, has been certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.