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The Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas
Luke Soules Award


THE LUTHER (LUKE) H. SOULES III AWARD
 
About The Award

THE LUTHER (LUKE) H. SOULES III AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO THE PRACTICE OF LAW

The Luther (Luke) Soules III Award is presented in January of each year by the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas at the Litigation Update Institute. The award is given to an attorney who embodies excellence in the practice of the law and exemplary service to the Bar. It is designed to recognize Texas legal practitioners who demonstrate outstanding professionalism and community impact.
Luther (Luke) Soules, III, was the first recipient. Past Honorees include Jim Coleman, the Honorable Royal Furgeson, Dicky Grigg, Kim Askew, George W. Bramblett Jr. and Eduardo Rodriguez Jr.
The next award will be presented at the 2017 Litigation Update Institute in San Antonio on January 26-27, 2017. The recipient will attend the Litigation Update as a guest of the Litigation Section, attend the speaker’s dinner with their guest, and an honorarium in the amount of $1500.00 will be made to the legal charitable organization of the recipient’s choice. There is a short ceremony during the update and the recipient is given time to make short remarks.

Selection Criteria And Rules:
 
The Nominee should embody the following:
  • Demonstrated commitment to equal justice under law.
  • Conduct promoting the rule of law.
  • Outstanding examples of professionalism.
  • Community impact as a result of the practice of law.
  • One or more significant contributions as a result of legal representation.
The nominee must be an attorney admitted to practice law in the State of Texas for a minimum of 10 years and be in good standing with the Bar.
The nominee cannot appear on a ballot in a contested race for elected office in the same year as nominated for the award.
The nominee cannot currently serve as a member of the Litigation Section Council of the State Bar of Texas.

Nomination Application Information:
 
The nominator should provide the following information:
  1. Name, address, telephone number and email for nominator and nominee.
  2. Provide (either in a curriculum vitae or in a one page synopsis) the following information about the nominee:
    A. Schools attended (degrees, honors)
    B. Professional affiliations
    C. Published works and legal presentations
    D. Other background information
  3. One Page Explanation stating the reasons why the nominator believes the nominee should be selected to receive the Award, again in light of the Selection Criteria:
    A. Demonstrated commitment to equal justice under law.
    B. Conduct promoting the rule of law.
    C. Outstanding examples of professionalism.
    D. Community impact as a result of the practice of law.
    E. One or more significant contributions to either the community where they reside, the State of Texas, or on a national level, as a result of legal representation.
Nominations must be submitted by November 1, 2016, and can be submitted by email to Michael C. Smith, chair of the Litigation Section's Luke Soules Award committee at michaelsmith@siebman.com. Nominations will be reviewed by the committee , and the 2017 recipient announced prior to the Litigation Update in January. For more information about the award or the award process, please contact Michael C. Smith at 903-938-8900 or at michaelsmith@siebman.com.
 

Past Recipients:

Luther (Luke) H. Soules III – 2008
James E. Coleman Jr. – 2009
Dicky Grigg – 2010
Hon. Royal Furgeson – 2011
Kim Askew – 2012
George W. Bramblett Jr. – 2013
Eduardo Rodriguez – 2014
Stephen L. Tatum – 2015
David J. Beck - 2016 
James L. Branton - 2017

 





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