Kelly Noblin recently spoke at the Advanced In-House Counsel Course: “Reaching Calm Waters – Charting Your Course as In-House Counsel,” sponsored by the Texas Bar CLE. The over 100 attendees were mostly current in-house counsel who appreciated Kelly’s insight into current hiring trends and advice about doing more with less – a common theme for many legal departments. She highlighted how many departments are relying on contract attorneys to fill in gaps during hiring freezes or for employee leaves. Newhouse + Noblin’s practice support division, including its contract attorney recruiting services, has seen a significant spike in sustained activity since the onslaught of the 2008-2009 recession.
Clearly, in-house legal services don’t lessen during a recession; if anything, they increase. General Counsels feel the pressure to keep more work in-house, yet are often hamstrung with hiring freezes or other budget measures that prevent addition to headcount. Newhouse + Noblin can provide a solution by providing qualified contractors at a simple, reasonable hourly fee. You can view upcoming CLE seminars and other helpful information at Texas Continuing Legal Education.
The Green Beans & Guacamole cookbook project stems from the love for people like Austin Hanson, who have intellectual disabilities. When Austin wanted to throw his mother a surprise birthday party, he ordered the flowers and balloons, purchased the cake, and decided the on menu. As you can imagine, it was a wonderful affair and everyone enjoyed the menu, which consisted of green beans and guacamole! The GB&G coffee-table style cookbook will feature recipes from Houston’s top restaurants (think Phillipe, Tony’s and Mark’s) with proceeds benefiting the ARC, an organization advocating for people with intellectual and other disabilities. Beth Walker from our Houston office has been active in the project. A recent event at one of Houston’s new hot spots, Sorell, raised over $10,000 for the project. For more information on the projects (and pre-orders) visit Green Beans and Guacamole.
The Usuals, a Dallas-based band formed by Russell Newhouse in 2007, recently performed at the Granada Theater as part of “Law Jam 3.” Law Jam is a benefit concert, organized as a joint initiative of the Dallas Bar Association and Legal Aid of Northwest Texas, to provide legal aid to over 3,500 families in North Texas. The Usuals, comprised mostly of Dallas-area attorneys, put on an inspired show featuring an eclectic set list spanning six decades, including songs from artists such as Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, Black Crowes, Toadies, Pearl Jam, Queen, and even the late, great, Johnny Cash.
The Newhouse + Noblin team stopped by Community Partners of Dallas recently to present the organization with a check for back to school supplies and to take a tour of the facility. Community Partners of Dallas is a nonprofit organization committed to providing support to the caseworkers of Dallas County’s Child Protective Services by providing resources such as new clothing, holiday gifts, toys and so much more for children in times of need and crisis. Community Partners of Dallas has been named Outstanding Volunteer Organization of the Year and it’s programs have been replicated across the state of Texas.
CenterPoint Energy’s Midstream Business Unit has filled two new positions with experienced lawyers in the last three years. In both cases, the candidates we ultimately hired were presented to us by Newhouse + Noblin. We know we can count on them to present well-researched, well-screened prospects.
Mark C. Schroeder,
Executive Vice President and General Counsel,
Enable Midstream Partners, LP