September 13, 2016
Weil’s John O’Connor, a Litigation Department associate in the Dallas office, has been selected by the Business Council for the Arts (BCA) for its prestigious 2016-17 Leadership Arts Institute. The BCA is a nonprofit organization founded in 1988 by North Texas businesses committed to expanding business support for and involvement in arts and cultural organizations. Today, it remains the only North Texas membership organization building corporate investment and opportunities in the arts.
The BCA’s Leadership Arts Institute was founded in 1989, at the request of businessman and philanthropist Raymond D. Nasher, with the goal of developing the next generation of business leaders for the arts in North Texas. The program provides training to 40 business leaders and five arts administrators each year in leadership, nonprofit board best practices and knowledge of current issues affecting cultural institutions in North Texas. Upon completion of the program, graduates are individually matched to serve on nonprofit boards of directors in the community.
Mr. O’Connor’s selection to the Leadership Arts Institute is a recent demonstration of his longstanding commitment to community involvement. He has also been named the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program’s 2012 Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year and was a recipient of the State Bar of Texas’ 2012 Frank J. Scurlock Award, which recognizes outstanding pro bono service.