HOUSTON, March 20, 2007 -- Former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Joe R. Greenhill has been selected to receive the American Inns of Court’s 2007 Professionalism Award for the Fifth Circuit. The award will be presented during the Fifth Circuit Judicial Conference in San Antonio on May 7, 2007. Greenhill is currently of counsel at Baker Botts working out of the firm’s Austin office.
The Honorable Patrick E. Higginbotham, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, has also been selected to receive the AIC’s 2007 Professionalism Award.
The American Inns of Court Professionalism Awards are presented to honor senior practicing judges or lawyers whose professional lives reflect sterling character and unquestioned integrity, coupled with ongoing dedication to the highest standards of the legal profession. Candidates are nominated through circuit-wide open nominations and selected by a panel of distinguished judges and representatives from both the circuit and the American Inns of Court Foundation.
Throughout his professional life, Judge Greenhill has distinguished himself. At age 92, he continues his service to clients and the profession in the litigation department/appellate section at Baker Botts.
Greenhill graduated at the top of his class from the University of Texas Law School, passed the Texas bar exam as a second-year law student, and was a Rhodes Scholar finalist. After listening to President’s Roosevelt’s speech in the wake of Pearl Harbor, Greenhill left a prestigious law clerkship and enlisted in the Navy and served on the Pacific front.
After the war, he finished his clerkship and served as First Assistant Attorney General in Texas. After becoming a highly regarded appellate advocate in private practice, he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Texas in 1957. In 1958 he was elected to the Court after a hard-fought campaign against another legendary judge, Sarah T. Hughes. In all, Judge Greenhill served on the Texas Supreme Court longer than anyone else-25 years, the last 10 of which were as Chief Justice.
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