Recipients include prominent lawyers, U.S. Fifth Circuit judge, Acting Secretary of the Air Force
AUSTIN, Texas― The Law School Alumni Association and Law School Interim Dean will honor four alumni for outstanding work in the legal profession and for service to the United States this February. Those honored by the Alumni Association include W. Howard Wolf, '59, who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award; Ronald Krist, '62, who will receive the Outstanding Alumnus Award; and the Honorable Preston M. Geren III, '78, who will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award for Community Service. The Law School will honor the Honorable Edward Prado, '72, with its Honorary Order of the Coif award.
"We are delighted to have an opportunity to honor these four alumni for their exemplary service to the legal profession and to their country. Our Alumni Association could not have recognized a more outstanding group," said Interim Dean Steven Goode.
About the honorees:Lifetime Achievement Award
William Howard Wolf was born on January 9, 1935, in Iraan, Pecos County, Texas. He attended public schools in McCamey, Texas, and graduated in 1953.
Wolf earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1957 and a Doctor of Jurisprudence, with honors, in 1959, both from The University of Texas at Austin. While in law school, Wolf was a member of Phi Delta Phi, elected to the Order of the Coif and the Friars Society, and served as an associate editor of The Texas Law Review. Wolf was also elected, in 1958, to serve as President of Student Government for the main campus of UT-Austin.
Following graduation from law school, Wolf severed in the military, and, in 1959, joined Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., in Houston, as an associate attorney specializing in corporate law. Wolf became a partner of Fulbright & Jaworski in 1969, and a senior partner in 1986. Wolf served as Chairman of the Corporate Department of Fulbright & Jaworski from 1977 until 1984.
During his career with Fulbright & Jaworski, Wolf took a leave of absence, in 1972, to serve as President of Texas Air Corp. (subsequently Continental Airlines).
Wolf served as Chairman from 1968 to 1970 of the Committee on Securities and Investment Banking of the Section on Corporation, Banking and Business Law of the State Bar of Texas. In 1972 and 1973, Wolf served as Chairman of the Section on Corporation, Banking and Business Law of the State Bar of Texas.
In connection with his legal practice and his personal investment activities, Wolf has served on the board of directors of numerous business enterprises. Since 2004, Wolf has been Chairman of Stewart & Stevenson Services, Inc., a Houston based New York Stock Exchange Company.
From 1984 until 2004, Mr. Wolf served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) in the Texas Medical Center, Houston, Texas. TIRR is a not-for-profit health care system which also conducts research and medical education in the field of brain and spinal cord injury and nerve regeneration.
In 2003, Mr. Wolf was appointed by Lt. Governor Dewhurst to a two year term as one of the two citizen members of the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, and was re-appointed by the Lieutenant Governor to a second two-year term which will end in August 2007. Enacted in 1977 by the Texas Legislature, the Sunset Law provides for the periodic review of the efficiency and effectiveness of state agency operations and policies. In November 2005, Governor Rick Perry appointed Mr. Wolf to the 24-member Texas Tax Reform Commission, which will develop proposals to modernize the state tax system and provide long-term property tax relief as well as sound financing for public schools.
Outstanding Alumnus Award
Mr. Ronald D. Krist, 1962
Ron Krist is the founding partner of The Krist Law Firm in Houston, Texas. His practice is limited exclusively to litigation, and he has an international reputation as a trial lawyer. He earned his undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at Austin in 1960, and graduated from The University of Texas School of Law in 1962.
Krist has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 1989; named one of the top 100 lawyers in Texas by Texas Monthly magazine in 2004; named the "Go To Lawyer" for the State of Texas by Texas Lawyer magazine in 2003; named the #1 Personal Injury Trial Lawyer in Texas by Texas Lawyer; listed in Lawyers Weekly U.S.A. as one of the Five Most Successful Small-Firm Lawyers in America; and chosen by Forbes magazine as one of the Seven Most Successful Lawyers in America.
Krist is a Fellow of the Houston Bar Foundation and a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. He is a member of The Inner Circle of Advocates; American Board of Trial Advocates, serving as president of the Houston Chapter in 1984-85; International Society of Barristers, serving as a director from 1999-2006; International Academy of Trial Lawyers, where he served as president in 1999; the American College of Trial Lawyers; the Advisory Council of the National Judicial College in 2002; the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, where he was elected to the Board of Trustees for 2002-08.
Krist served as a member of the Texas Public Safety Commission from 1992-1997, and as the Commission's chairman in 1993. He was an ex-officio member of the Texas Racing Commission in 1993, and he currently serves as a member of the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct (2001-2007).
Krist has been a generous philanthropist, as well. He established the Ronald D. Krist Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Law at UT Law School, to provide financial assistance to students with need, and he has been a generous donor to Pepperdine Law School and South Texas College of Law. The Carole and Ron Krist Samaritan Center for Counseling and Education in Houston was named in their honor following their donation of a building to house the work of the Center.
Distinguished Alumnus Award for Community Service
The Honorable Preston M. Geren III, 1978
On Feb. 17, the Honorable Pete Geren was confirmed by the Senate to be Undersecretary for the Army, its second-ranking civilian leader. Prior to this appointment he has been a special assistant to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Until November, 2005, he was the acting Secretary of the Air Force in Washington, D.C. As such, he was responsible for the affairs of the Department of the Air Force, including the organizing, training, equipping and providing for the welfare of its nearly 370,000 men and women on active duty, 180,000 members of the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve, 160,000 civilians, and their families. With an annual budget of approximately $110 billion, he ensured the Air Force met its current and future operational requirements.
Geren attended Georgia Institute of Technology for three years before transferring to The University of Texas where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1974. He completed his law degree at UT in 1978, entering private practice in Houston and Fort Worth, Texas. He went on to serve for two years as executive assistant to U.S. Senator Lloyd M. Bentsen. He returned to private law practice in 1985 and ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Congress in 1986. In 1989 he won a special election to fill a vacancy in the 12th Congressional District from Texas, winning re-election three more times. He served on the Armed Services, Science and Technology, Veterans Affairs and the Public Works and Transportation Committees during his tenure in the Congress. Geren retired in 1997 and returned to Texas where he worked as a management consultant and later as a lawyer and businessman. He was active in civic affairs in north Texas and served on the Board of Directors and as Vice Chairman of the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. He also served on the boards of several corporate, philanthropic and educational institutions.
Geren joined the Department of Defense in September 2001 to serve as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, with responsibilities in the areas of inter-agency initiatives, legislative affairs and special projects.
Geren has been actively involved in the civic life of Fort Worth and of North Texas. He was named Fort Worth's Outstanding Citizen in 1998, and Citizen of the Year by the American Heart Association of Fort Worth in that same year.
He is or has been a member of the Board of Directors of The Gladney Center, Trinity Valley School, Hatton W. Summers Foundation, Community Foundation of Tarrant County, Cook Children's Medical Center, the Rotary Club of Fort Worth, where he served as president, the Texas Boys Choir, where he served as president, the American Cancer Society, the United Way Task Force on School Drop Out, the I Have A Dream Foundation, and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Tarrant County.
Honorary Order of the Coif
The Honorable Edward C. Prado, 1972
The Honorable Edward C. Prado currently serves as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, having been appointed by President George W. Bush in 2003. He served for almost twenty years as United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas, after his appointment to the federal bench by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in May 1969 and received his law degree from UT in 1972.
Prior to his federal judicial service, Prado served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Bexar County District Attorney's Office. Thereafter, in 1976 he served in the Federal Public Defender's Office in the Western District of Texas as Assistant Public Defender. In 1980, Prado was appointed to serve as State District Judge in Bexar County, Texas. In 1981, President Reagan appointed Prado to serve as United States Attorney for the Western District of Texas. Prado served his country by joining the U.S. Army after finishing law school. In May 1972, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He continued to serve in the U.S. Army Reserve as an Infantry Officer from 1972 until 1987.
Prado has been a leader in numerous bar associations and law-related organizations. He has been a member of the Texas and San Antonio Bar Associations since 1972, including service as a President, and later Director and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the San Antonio Bar Foundation. Prado served on the Texas State Bar Crime Victims Committee, and was appointed by the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist to serve as the Chairman of the Criminal Justice Act Review Committee from 1991-1993.
Prado also has been actively involved in community and charitable affairs as a member in organizations such as: St. Mark's Catholic Church, the Witte Museum Community Advisory Committee, the Philosophical Society of Texas, the Rotary Club of San Antonio and Leadership San Antonio. Prado has also reached out to children in the San Antonio community by conducting events in his courtroom as an introduction to the law.
He has received many honors and Awards, including: St. Thomas Moore Award, St. Mary's University School of Law (2000); Outstanding Alumnus, San Antonio College (1989); LULAC State Award for Excellence (1981); Edgewood I.S.D. Hall of Fame (1981); Achievement Award, U.S. Attorney General (1980); Outstanding Young Lawyer of San Antonio (1980); and Outstanding Federal Public Defender, Western District of Texas (1978).
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