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April 20, 2009

Law Alumni Association announces 2009 award recipients

The University of Texas Law Alumni Association announced the recipients of its 2009 distinguished alumni awards. George C. Chapman, ’62, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award; the Honorable Royce C. Lamberth, ’67, has received the Outstanding Alumnus Award; Catherine Lamboley, ’79, has received the Distinguished Alumnus Award for Community Service; and Max R. Sherman, ’60, has received the Honorary Order of the Coif. The recipients were honored at an Alumni Association Awards dinner in Austin on April 17, 2009.

About the recipients:

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George C. Chapman

George C. Chapman, Lifetime Achievement Award

George C. Chapman is senior counsel in the Litigation Department of Thompson & Knight, P.C. in Dallas. He has served three separate three-year terms on his firm’s Management Committee. Chapman received a BBA. from the University of Texas in 1959 and an LLB. with honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 1962 where he was editor in chief of the Texas Law Review. Classmates elected him as the “permanent class agent” of the graduating class of 1962. He has been actively involved in numerous University of Texas organizations, serving as president of the Dallas Texas Exes in 1973–1974; president of the UT Dad’s Association in 1985; president of the Texas Law Review Association; a regional vice president of the University of Texas Ex Student Association; and member of the Executive Committee of the Chancellor’s Council. He served for twenty years as a trustee of the University of Texas Law School Foundation. He is also a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and is listed in Best Lawyers in America—Commercial Litigation. Chapman received the Heath Award from the Dallas County Medical Society in 2007 and the Morris Harrell Professionalism Award from the Dallas Bar Association in 2008. Chapman has been a leader in the state and local bar associations, serving as president of the Dallas Bar Association in 1987 and as chair of the Dallas Bar Foundation in 1993. From 1988–1991, he served on the Executive Committee of the State Bar Board and was a trustee of the Texas Bar Foundation until the summer of 2002. He is also a trustee of the Center for American and International Law and the Redman Foundation. Chapman is a founding member of Park Cities Presbyterian Church in Dallas, where he serves as an elder. He is chairman of the Committee for a Qualified Judiciary and received the Baird Community Service award for his many contributions to the Dallas.

This Lifetime Achievement Award honors an alumnus who has had a distinguished legal career and who has brought honor to the University of Texas School of Law through his or her service to the legal profession and to society. With this award, the Law Alumni Association recognizes that alumnus who epitomizes the highest goals and traditions of the profession: diligence, discernment, integrity, and a commitment to the betterment of our civic life.

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The Honorable Royce C. Lamberth

The Honorable Royce C. Lamberth, Outstanding Alumnus Award

The Honorable Royce C. Lamberth was appointed United States District Judge for the District of Columbia on November 16, 1987. He became chief judge on May 1, 2008. Lamberth, a native of San Antonio, graduated from the University of Texas, receiving a BA in 1966 and from the University of Texas School of Law, receiving an LLB in 1967. He served as a captain in the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the United States Army from 1968 to 1974. After service at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and in Vietnam, Lamberth served in the Litigation Division of the Office of the Judge Advocate General of the Army at the Pentagon from 1971 to 1974. Lamberth served as an assistant United States attorney for the District of Columbia from 1974 to 1987. He was chief of the Civil Division of the United States Attorney's Office, 1978–1987. Lamberth is married to the former Janis K. Jost of San Antonio. He is former chairman of the Federal Litigation Section of the Federal Bar Association, and a member of the American Bar Association and the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, and the District of Columbia Bar. Lamberth is also former chairman of the Professional Ethics Committee of the Federal Bar Association. The Federal Bar Association's Model Rules of Professional Conduct for Federal Lawyers, finally approved in October 1990, were drafted by Lamberth's committee. Lamberth was appointed by Chief Justice Rehnquist to be the presiding judge of the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on May 19, 1995. His appointment ended on May 19, 2002. Lamberth served as a member of the Committee on Automation and Technology of the Judicial Conference of the United States from 1990 to 1996. From 2003 to 2008, Lamberth served as chairman of the Committee on Inter-Circuit Assignments of the Judicial Conference of the United States.

The Outstanding Alumnus Award honors a graduate who has made outstanding contributions not only to the legal profession, but to society as a whole.

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Catherine Lamboley

Catherine Lamboley, Distinguished Alumnus Award for Community Service

Catherine Lamboley, retired senior vice president and general counsel of Shell Oil Company, graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Texas School of Law in 1979. Lamboley joined Shell later that year, and, with the exception of three years as vice president of commercial marketing in Shell's Oil Products business, spent her career in the Shell Legal organization. Lamboley’s commitment to issues concerning opportunity and inclusiveness is reflected by her participation on the Board of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association and as a past chair of its Board of Directors; her service on the American Bar Association's Racial and Ethnic Diversity Commission; and her current service on the Commission on Women. She is a founder and member of the Executive Committee of the Center for Women in Law at the University of Texas School of Law. Lamboley is also a member of the American Law Institute and currently serves on the University of Texas Law School Foundation Board. Recognizing that access to legal assistance for all is critical to our society, Cathy served on the Texas Access to Justice Commission's Committee of Corporate General Counsel and the Houston Bar Foundation's Board of Directors. She is a past chair of the Corporate Advisory Committee of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association. Lamboley cites her American Leadership Forum (ALF) experience as invaluable in strengthening her leadership skills and civic commitment. She is a senior fellow of the ALF and chairs its Board of Trustees. Lamboley is a past chair of the board of the Houston Area Women's Center and served on the board of the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast. She also served on the board of advisors for Catalyst, a national nonprofit research and advisory organization working to advance women in business. Among the honors she has received are the Anti-Defamation League Southwest Region's Jurisprudence Award; the American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession's Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award; and the Texas General Counsel Forum Magna Stella Award.

Established by the Alumni Association in 1988, the Distinguished Alumnus Award for Community Service honors a graduate who brings conspicuous credit to the legal profession by exemplary service. The award recognizes superior educators, outstanding lawyers in government service, or those who have had a significant role as a community volunteer.

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Max Sherman

Max Sherman, Honorary Order of the Coif

Max Sherman served as dean of the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin from 1983 to 1997. He is now the Max Sherman Chair Emeritus in State and Local Government at the LBJ School. Prior to his appointment as dean, Sherman served as special counsel to Governor Mark White; was elected to four terms in the Texas Senate; and served as president of West Texas State University (now West Texas A&M University). A graduate of Baylor University, Sherman earned his JD, with honors, from the Law School in 1960. Upon graduation, he joined the Amarillo law firm of Gibson, Ochsner and Adkins as attorney and partner. He also served in the U.S. Army, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, where he attained the rank of captain. Over the years, Sherman has held numerous national and state appointments to boards and committees studying such topics as higher education, intergovernmental relations, mental health and mental retardation, hazardous waste management, infrastructure needs and financing, and energy and conservation. Sherman serves on the board of trustees of the Federation of State Humanities Councils; as vice president of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation; as a governor and current vice president of the Austin Community Foundation; and as committee member of the Committee on Theological Education, Presbyterian Church (USA). Sherman is also the recipient of numerous awards recognizing his service to the profession and to the betterment of society, including the Price Daniel Public Service Award from his alma mater, Baylor University; Austinite of the Year from the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce; and Texan of the Year from the Texas Legislative Conference. Three times during his service in the senate, Texas Monthly recognized Sherman as one of the state’s ten best legislators, citing his integrity, intelligence, and “genuine sense of public service.”

The Honorary Order of the Coif, whose recipient is selected by the Law School faculty, acknowledges an alumnus of exceptional merit and extraordinary achievement in his or her career.

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