In recognition of his service to the Houston community, Charles C. Foster (pictured), co-chairman of FosterQuan, received the 2013 Leon Jaworski Award from the Houston Bar Association Auxiliary at a luncheon March 5.
Foster says, “I’ve been fortunate to receive a number of awards. This was the nicest recognition I’ve received. . . . I appreciate that it came from fellow lawyers.”
Among those attending the luncheon, Foster says, was Houston Mayor Annise Parker, who presented a proclamation declaring March 5 as “Charles C. Foster Day.” Former Houston Mayor Bill White also spoke about Foster at the luncheon, he says.
Foster says his firm has provided pro bono legal services to major arts organizations for three decades.
Among those he has helped with immigration problems, Foster says, was former Houston Ballet dancer Li Cunxin, who was detained briefly at the Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Houston after he defected to the West in 1981. Cunxin’s story is the subject of the 2010 film “Mao’s Last Dancer,” he says.
Foster says he has served as chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership Task Force on Immigration Reform since its inception in the early 2000’s and also is chairman of the Americans for Immigration Reform, which he says raises money for education and work with public officials on immigration.
In 1967, Foster received his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law and joined Harry Tindall in founding Tindall & Foster in 1973. Foster says the firm became FosterQuan in 2009 after it merged with Quan Burdette & Perez.
— Mary Alice Robbins
Robbins is an Austin-based freelance writer and a former Texas Lawyer senior reporter.