Two Who Exemplify the Best of the Legal Profession

You hear a lot about lawyers behaving badly, but for every lawyer who misbehaves, there are many more doing great things for the profession whose efforts, unfortunately, don’t grab the headlines.  Two of those lawyers will soon be honored by The Texas Center for Legal Ethics for promoting the highest standards of professionalism and integrity in the legal profession.  

Former Texas Supreme Court Justice Harriet O’Neill and Houston appellate lawyer Kevin Dubose recently were named the 2012 recipients of the Chief Justice Jack Pope Professionalism Awards, which will be presented on June 1 by Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson at the Annual Texas Supreme Court Historical Society Dinner in Austin (for more information, contact Bill Pugsley at the TSCHS at

Former Justice O’Neill, who served on the Texas high court from 1998 until her retirement in 2010, is a longtime champion for pro bono representation for low-income victims of domestic violence in Texas. Mr. Dubose is responsible for the concept, initiation and execution of the project that culminated in the creation of the landmark Standards for Appellate Conduct, which became the nation’s first set of ethical standards for appellate practice in 1999.

The Pope Awards are named for former Texas Supreme Court Justice Jack Pope, who recently celebrated his 99th birthday. One of the founders of TCLE, former Justice Pope was the inaugural recipient of the Pope Award in 2009. And, like this year’s honorees, he has spent his entire career – in his case, 75 years – working to promote professionalism and high ethical standards in the legal profession.

Posted: 5/2/2012 6:29:11 AM by Editor | with 0 comments

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Thanks for stopping by On the Merits, the first blog from the Texas Center for Legal Ethics. On the Merits will take a close look at significant legal stories with an eye toward addressing the legal myths and misconceptions that turn up in news stories, movies, TV programs, websites, anonymous emails and other forms of mass communications. Our goal at On the Merits is to provide readers with a thoughtful examination of what the media and others are saying about the legal profession and to apply the frequently-absent context of how the legal system actually works.

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