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About the 2023 Fellows Justinian Award Recipient, Frank E. Stevenson II

Updated: Nov 6, 2023

Frank E. Stevenson II

About Frank

Frank Stevenson's journey began as a country-western disc jockey at KJIM "Redneck Radio" due to a fortuitous opportunity when the scheduled DJ didn't show up. His captivating performance led to a permanent job offer from the impressed station manager. Though a summer job, Frank's aspirations took him back to college for his undergraduate studies. Despite the manager's skepticism about college being for everyone, Frank persisted.


  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1980

  • B.A., magna cum laude, Amherst College, 1977



  • State Bar of Texas

    • President (2016-2017)

    • Board of Directors, (2010-2014;2015-2018)

    • Chair (2012-2013)

  • Western States Bar Conference

    • President (2021-Present)

  • Dallas Bar Association

    • President (2008)

    • Board of Directors (1999-2013)

    • Chair (2004)

  • Dallas Bar Foundation

    • Chair (2017)

    • Board of Trustees (2007-2017)

    • Sustaining Life Fellow

  • DBA Committee to Finalize Statement on Minority Hiring, Retention, and Advancement (1993)

  • Member, Commission to Expand Civil Legal Services (appointed by Texas Supreme Court) 2016-2017

  • Chair and Co-founder, DBA Transition to Law Practice Program (2007-2008)

  • Chairman and Founder, DBA Summer Law Intern Program (Minority Legal Intern Program) (1993-1997)

  • Co-Founder, Texas Opportunity & Justice Incubator (TOJI), a nationally recognized legal incubator training lawyers for modest-means practices (2015-2018)

  • Co-Director of DBA’s Evening Ethics Program (2010-present)

  • Board of Directors, Sammons Center for the Arts (2010-2016); President (2014-2016)

  • Board of Directors, North Dallas Chamber of Commerce (2007-Present)

  • Associate Member, Dallas Citizens Council (2008-Present)

  • Committee for a Qualified Judiciary (2018-Present)

  • Board of Trustees, Grace Presbytery, Presbyterian Church (USA) (2019-Present)



Named, The Best Lawyers in America®, Litigation - Securities (2022-2023)

  • Named, Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2017-2023

  • Recipient, Morris Harrel Professionalism Award, Dallas Bar Association (2019)

  • Recipient, Presidential Citation, State Bar of Texas (2013)

  • Recipient, National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award (2017)

  • Recipient, Pro Bono Appreciation Award, Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas (2008)

  • Recipient, Equal Justice Award, Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas (2005)

  • Recipient, Mooreland Outstanding Committee Chair Award, Dallas Bar Association (1996)



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