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Past Recipients of the annual Fellows Award (renamed Fellows Justinian Award in 2014) 

The Fellows Justinian Award is the most prestigious honor of the Dallas Bar Foundation and is presented each year at the Annual Fellows Luncheon in honor of an attorney who has achieved and consistently demonstrated the highest levels of professional excellence in a substantive area of the law.


●         Nominees must be members of the Dallas Bar Association who are, or have been, for a significant portion of their career a practicing attorney or member of the judiciary, and who are highly respected in the legal profession.  


●         Nominees must be recognized by their peers as having made an extraordinary contribution to the legal profession through their professional achievements in an area of the law.


●         Nominees must also have adhered to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession while adhering to the highest ethical standards.


●          A factor that will be considered in the selection process is the nominee’s service to the legal profession and community.


●          Being a Fellow of the Dallas Bar Foundation is not a prerequisite for nomination, but it is a factor that may be considered in the selection process.


●         Nominations should include a letter of recommendation that includes a discussion of the contributions the nominee has made to the profession of law and the practice of law. Contributions to and involvement in the bar, legal professional associations and the community are valued.


Fellows Justinian Award Recipients (2014-2020 )

Hon. W. Royal Furgeson, Jr. (2020)

Nina Cortell (2019)
Thomas S. Leatherbury (2018)
Beverly Godbey (2017)
Mark A. Shank (2016)
Jim E. Cowles (2015)
Robert H. Mow, Jr. (2014)

Fellows Award Recipients
(1995 - 2013)

W. Mike Baggett (2013)
Hon. Barbara M.G. Lynn (2012)
Charles W. Matthews (2011)
Justice Douglas S. Lang (2010)
John L. Estes (2009)
George W. Bramblett, Jr. (2008)
Robert W. Jordan (2007)
H. Ron White (2006)
Hon. Linda B. Thomas (2005)
Adelfa B. Callejo (2004)
Hon. Jerry Buchmeyer (2003)
James E. Coleman, Jr. (2002)
Harriet E. Miers (2001)
John L. Hauer (2000)
Robert H. Thomas (1999)
L.A. Bedford (1998)
Hon. Merrill Hartman and Louise Raggio (1997)
Hon. Barefoot Sanders (1995)

Dallas Lawyer's Auxiliary Justinian Award (1983-2013)

The Justinian Award was the most esteemed honor presented to an attorney by the Dallas Lawyers' Auxiliary, from 1983-2013, in recognition of long standing dedication to volunteer service benefiting the community of Dallas.  A panel of community leaders, named by the Auxiliary each year, selected the recipient.  Members of the judiciary were not considered for the award. The Dallas Lawyers' Auxiliary discontinued their organization in late 2013.

The Dallas Bar Foundation wishes to recognize the Justinian Award recipients from 1983-2013.

Justinian Award Recipients (1983 - 2013)

Jerry Jordan (2013)
G. Michael Gruber (2012)
Don M. Glendenning (2011)
Al Ellis (2010)
George W. Bramblett, Jr. (2009)
Hon. Ron Kirk (2008)
George W. Coleman (2007)
Sam Burford, Jr. (2006)
T. Michael Wilson (2005)
Michael M. Boone (2004)
John Andrew Martin (2003)
Robert H. Thomas (2002)
Jerry C. Gilmore (2001)
Darrell E. Jordan (2000)
Peter S. Chantilis (1999)
Forest Smith (1998)
Adelpha B. Callejo (1997)
Charles Porter Storey (1996)
Henry Gilchrist (1995)
P. Mike McCullough (1994)
Edward J. Drake (1993)
Harriet E. Miers (1992)
Hon. L.A. Bedford, Jr. (1991)
Vester T. Hughes (1990)
Richard D. Haynes (1989)
Sidney Stahl (1988)
Thomas C. Unis (1987)
Robert L. Dillard, Jr. (1986)
William E. Collins (1985)
Marshall J. Doke, Jr. (1984)
Earl A. Forsythe (1983)