Texas Tech Law to Host Induction of U.S. District Judge as Texas Legal Legend

Mary Lou Robinson has served as the U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Texas for the past 37 years and has served as a judge since 1955.

WHAT:           The State Bar of Texas will induct U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson as a Texas Legal Legend.

WHEN:           Noon Friday (Sept. 11)

WHERE:         Lanier Auditorium, Texas Tech School of Law, 1802 Hartford Ave.
                       
WHO:             Mary Lou Robinson has served as a U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Texas since her appointment by President Jimmy Carter in 1979. Prior to her appointment, she was elected to the Court of Civil Appeals for the Seventh Supreme Judicial District in 1974 and served as Chief Justice of the court for two years (1977-78). From 1955 to 1958 she served as judge of the Potter County Court at Law before serving as a judge for the 108th District Court in Potter County from 1960 to 1972, earning re-election to the post three times.

Judge Robinson has earned numerous awards, including the Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Professional Excellence from the Texas Center for Legal Ethics and the Chief Justice Charles L. Reynolds Lifetime Achievement Award from the Amarillo Area Bar Association. She was named one of the 100 legal legends in Texas by Texas Lawyer magazine.

In addition, Judge Robinson has served as a federal liason on the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors and as a former member of the Judicial Council of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Students attending the induction will be eligible for Academy for Leadership in the Legal Profession credit. Continuing Legal Education credit is pending.

The Texas Legal Legends program is a function of the litigation section of the State Bar of Texas. It serves to honor lawyers who have practiced in Texas and use their legendary stories to enhance public perception of the importance of lawyers and the difference they make in society through serving others.

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CONTACT:Kari Abitbol, director of communications, Texas Tech School of Law,
(806) 834-8591 or kari.abitbol@ttu.edu.