The 8th Annual Atticus Finch Day will be held May 6, in the Atrium of the Brazos County Administration Building, located at 200 South Texas Avenue, Bryan.
Atticus Finch Day is the creation of Shane Phelps and Phil Banks, both attorneys of Bryan. The event celebrates the values and professional ethics portrayed by the humble, seersucker-wearing, fictional attorney Atticus Finch, depicted in the book To Kill a Mockingbird, by author Harper Lee.
On Atticus Finch Day, members of the Brazos County Bar Association reflect on the noble goals of the legal profession and rededicate themselves to using their law licenses for the public good. They commit to one another that they will endeavor to zealously represent their clients ethically and without tearing each other apart.
This year’s speaker, Rusty Hardin, is one of the most accomplished and celebrated civil and criminal trial lawyers in Texas and the United States. He was recently profiled by Texas Lawyer magazine as a recipient of their 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award. Hardin worked for 15 years in the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, where he won more than 100 cases before he started his own practice, Rusty Hardin & Associates, LLP. He is known for representing many high profile clients, including Roger Clemens and Victoria Osteen, and he has won favorable rulings in a number of the most challenging cases the courts have seen in recent history. As a legendary former prosecutor and a trial lawyer, Hardin is widely admired for his commitment to both his clients and his profession and for his investment in the judicial process. This makes him the perfect speaker for this year’s Atticus Finch Day.
In addition to Rusty Hardin, Dr. Jerome Loving, Distinguished Professor of English Literature at Texas A&M University, will offer comments on Go Set a Watchman, the sequel to Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Loving is a published author whose works include Confederate Bushwhacker: Mark Twain in the Shadow of the Civil War and Walt Whitman: The Song of Himself. Professor Loving’s newest book, State-Raised Convict: Jack Henry Abbott and the Legacy of Norman Mailer’s The Executioner’s Song, is expected to be published this year.
Atticus Finch Day is hosted by The Law Office of Shane Phelps, P.C.; Banks and Banks, Attorneys at Law, P.C. and The Brazos County Bar Association. Refreshments will be provided, and and Seersucker attire is encouraged. For more information, call (979) 775-4100.