In two totally separate situations, Dallas residents who have appeared on the pages of the East Dallas/Lakewood Advocate were recognized in the past few days for their accomplishments, which benefit our disadvantaged neighbors, school children and beyond.

Mark Melton — the transactional tax lawyer who became Dallas’ most prolific eviction specialist during the pandemic — was one of two Texas lawyers and three global firms who were honored with the American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award, which annually recognizes individuals and entities for demonstrating outstanding commitment to volunteer legal services for low-income and disadvantaged persons.

“Under his leadership, and after more than 2,500 hours of his own pro bono work, the ad hoc, pro bono project has grown into a nonprofit called the Dallas Eviction Advocacy Center and has helped more than 10,000 tenants,” reads an announcement from the ABA.

Our February Advocate story about Melton and his wife Lauren, also his nonprofit partner, details the level of commitment and difference he’s made here in our neighborhood and all over the county.

Secondly, the Exchange Club of East Dallas honored the morning team from KTCK, affectionately called The Musers, made up of Craig Miller, Gordon Keith and George Dunham, at least one of whom lives in East Dallas. The Musers on Saturday joined the Exchange Club for a fundraiser at the Lakewood Country Club from which proceeds “will help fund college scholarships, eyeglasses for kids, educational support to East Dallas public schools and much much more.”

The Musers were pleased.

Just a few of the many East Dallas people doing worthwhile stuff.