Annual Awards Night and Celebration

DAABA’s Annual Awards Night and Celebration was held on October 11, 2016, featuring special guest speaker, Ms. Simone Wu!  Thank you all for a successful evening!

Congratulations to the following award winners.  Please read more about our recipients here.

  • Taryn Vu Outstanding Youth Scholarship Recipient:  Jonathan “Trace” Hamada, 10th grade, School for the Talented and Gifted at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview
  • $5000 Law Student Scholarship Recipient: Ashley Yen, SMU Dedman School of Law, Candidate for Juris Doctor, May 2017
  • Outstanding Member Award: Paul Lein, Associate, Locke Lord LLP
  • Community Leader Award: Aisha U-Kiu, Project Fulfilment Manager at Robert Half Legal; Co-Founder of the Muslim American Professionals of Dallas
  •  Champion of Diversity Award: Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, 30th District of Texas

Please check out photos from the evening here.



Please read about our special guest, Simone Wu, here.

The Awards Night and Celebration is DAABA’s largest event of the year, and serves to honor and recognize various members, local community leaders, and young students for their outstanding achievements, as well as award scholarships to students. It also serves as an excellent networking opportunity – consistent with prior years, we the 200+ crowd consisting of DAABA members, law firm sponsors, corporate sponsors, judges, students and other legal professionals.

DAABA also hosted its annual In-House Counsel Auction at the Awards Event. Attendees received the opportunity to bid to have lunch or breakfast with a local GC / senior in house attorney. Participants included:

SUZY FULTON, VP of Operations and General Counsel of AppSpace, Inc. and Past President of DAABA

CAREN K. LOCK, Regional Vice President and Associate General Counsel of TIAA and Past President of DAABA

RUSS COLEMAN, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Dean Foods Company

PAUL LESLIE, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Parkland Health & Hospital System

BHAVEENI PARMAR, General Counsel of Tabletop Media LLC d/b/a Ziosk

TONYA JOHANNSEN, General Counsel of The Beck Group

ALLAN LEE, Director – Associate General Counsel Intellectual Property at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control

HELEN YU, General Counsel and Director of Diversity at Southwest Airlines Pilots Association

BETTY UNGERMAN, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer at Lennox International

ROB BALACHANDRAN, Senior Group Legal Counsel of Ericsson Inc.

RANKIN GASAWAY, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of 7-Eleven, Inc.

All proceeds were used for scholarships and DAABA activities.


2016 Award Winners

Taryn Vu Outstanding Youth Award Jonathan "Trace" Hamada School for the Talented and Gifted Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center 10th ...

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Keynote Speaker

We are honored to have Simone Wu, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of Choice Hotels International, Inc.. to s ...

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities for the Ninth Annual Awards Night and Celebration are available now!

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2016 Sponsors

Thank you to DAABA’s 2016 Awards Night and Reception Sponsors! * The Official Law Firm Sponsor of DAABA: Haynes and Boone, ...

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