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McAllen Assistant Attorney to be Recognized

Daniel J. Curtain Young Award recognizes young practitioners exemplifying remarkable work on behalf of public clients

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Victor A. Flores

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On Tuesday, September 29, 2020, at the International Municipal Lawyers Association Virtual Conference, IMLA will recognize Victor A. Flores of the McAllen’ City Attorney’s Office as being one of only two recipients of the Daniel J. Curtain Young Public Lawyer award.  Named in honor of Curtin, the award recognizes young attorneys who aside from exhibiting traditional qualities of excellence the practice of law, the award seeks to recognize a public law practitioner who has provided outstanding service to the public and who possesses an exemplary reputation in the legal community, the highest of ethical standards and who revels in maintaining a life that balances a passion for professional excellence and the joy of family and friends.  

The award will be presented during IMLA’s annual award ceremony, this year, held virtually, on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, from  3:15 PM to 3:45 PM. 

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Aside from the recognition for Flores, other honors to be given during the Awards Ceremony, include: 

  • Marvin J. Glink Private Practice Local Government Attorney Award
  • Daniel J. Curtin Young Public Lawyer Award
  • Brown, Mulligan, Rocha Distinguished Public Service Award
  • William I. Thornton, Jr. IMLA Faculty Award
  • Outstanding State League Counsel Award
  • Brad D. Bailey Assistant City/County Attorney Award

Other key factors in the selection of this award include a commitment to the practice of service to municipal entities; routine innovation in the practice of public law; commitment to mentoring and teaching young lawyers; publications or presentations that foster the development and understanding of municipal law; record of exceptional accomplishments in the practice of public law; contributions to the public and to the legal profession, above and beyond duties; and highest level of professional, exemplary integrity, diligence and personal conduct.

“Victor is not only a professional and dedicated municipal attorney, he is truly passionate about inspiring current and future attorneys and, serving the community in ways beyond his professional duties,” said McAllen Mayor Jim Darling.  This award is well deserved.”

Echoing Mayor Darling’s comments was McAllen City Attorney Kevin Pagan, who said that aside from being a conscientious and effective municipal attorney, Flores’ return to the City of McAllen helped to complete the team with another local, homegrown talent, enthusiastic about the law and helping McAllen grow. 

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In support of giving Flores the award, Paige Mims, City Attorney of Plano, Texas said: “….is an extremely talented municipal lawyer.  However, his reputation in Texas and across the country is recognized for his passion and humility in serving others, history in cultivating the new leadership roles for younger attorneys, and loyalty towards his family and friends.”

“Mr. Flores’ nomination was also supported by Scott Houston, Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel of the Texas Municipal League, saying “Victor absolutely – as the award recognizes – possesses an exemplary reputation in the legal community, the highest of ethical standards, and maintains an amazing work-community-personal life balance.” 

Founded in 1935, the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization consisting of over 2,500 local governments and attorneys throughout the United States and Canada.  IMLA provides a wide range of services and programs to its membership, including comprehensive educational programs, legal research, professional publications and legal advocacy on behalf of its members in the United States Supreme Court, as well as federal and state appellate courts.

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