Helping Joey Young Compete in Men’s Physique Competition

By Amber Affolder –

Joey Young is a wonderful young man I’ve had the pleasure of working with on my team at The Nations Law Firm. I can’t recall a single day he has had anything other than a smile. He’s had such a positive influence on the people around him and I’m proud to share his story.

Joey has cerebral palsy and he’s a personal trainer. He is signed up to compete in the Men’s National Physique Competition this July. Let’s be clear: This is not a competition that accommodates disabilities and he is standing among the best. I’m blown away by his dedication. If you have a moment, check him out and help us get him to this competition!

Grant Maniér Releases His First Book

By Cindy Nations –

The Nations Law Firm is proud to announce that our friend Grant Maniér is releasing his first book! It is titled Grant the Jigsaw Giraffe ~ Different is MORE! This is more than just a book. It is the beginning of something big. Something that will make a huge difference in the lives of people who feel like they don’t quite fit in. The story centers around a baby giraffe named Grant, who is born different, but follows his passion despite his challenges.

We have sponsored and supported Grant for several years now. We are honored to be a part of Grant’s amazing journey as he blazes a trail in Eco-Art, and makes the world a better place for us all. Learn more about Grant’s artwork and services at and find out about the exciting new children’s book at

Student Loan Debt in the TRILLIONS Intensifies American Discontent

By Sophie Williams

A number of legitimate discontent is intensifying from more than 40 million Americans burdened with student loan debt totaling $1.16 trillion — a number expected to rise to $2 trillion by 2022.

Student loan debt now affects one in five US households and surpasses total credit card obligation.

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Night of Superstars Coming to Houston, October 17, 2015

By Lacey Crawford

Fifteen young Superstars will be honored at Houston’s first red carpet Night of Superstars inaugural event held at the Omni Houston (Galleria) on Saturday, October 17th. Our friend, Grant Manier, will be one of them!

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Scenes from previous events

Join the Night of Superstars, a grand “Oscar-like” charity event, which draws local celebrities, the media, and hundreds of guests to celebrate the accomplishments of the most amazing kids in the Houston area. These kids are affected by varying types of disabling conditions yet reach beyond their adversities, excelling in academics, athletics, the arts, and community service.

Red Carpet Production 6:45pm – 7:45pm | Dinner & Awards Ceremony 8pm – 9pm

The celebrities confirmed to date (more will be added soon):

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick
Gary Morris – Award Winning Country Music Singer/Songwriter & Broadway Actor
Dan Pastorini – Houston Oilers
Tom Abrahams – News Anchor, ABC 13
Ken May – Topgolf
Sidney Hopper – President/CEO Randalls Food Markets
Clayton C. Anderson – Retired U.S. Astronaut & Author
Maurice Evans – 12yr NBA Veteran & Former VP of NBA Players Assoc
Donovan Greer – 7yr NFL Veteran
Artis “AT3” Thompson – American Ninja Warrior & Semi-Pro Football Linebacker

Night of Superstars official website

View the promo video at