Former Texas Supreme Court justice recognized for legal aid program for the poor
DALLAS – Widely respected Dallas lawyer Deborah Hankinson has earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the editors of Texas Lawyer in recognition of her career as a Texas Supreme Court justice and her instrumental role in providing legal aid to low-income Texans.
Now focused on alternative dispute resolution and appellate work, Ms. Hankinson was among the attorneys selected in 2016 who have made an indelible mark on the Texas legal profession. Ms. Hankinson served on the Texas 5th District Court of Appeals in Dallas, followed by the Texas Supreme Court, where she served from 1997-2002. While on the state’s highest court, she helped establish the Texas Access to Justice Commission, which has enabled thousands of low-income Texans to obtain legal aid in civil matters.
Since re-entering private practice in 2003, Ms. Hankinson has solidified her position as one of the state’s leading appellate lawyers as well as one of the most sought-after arbitrators and mediators in the country.
For more information about Ms. Hankinson’s work, please visit http://hankinsonlaw.com/our-team/deborah-hankinson/.
Ms. Hankinson and the other honorees will be recognized at a Sept. 13 awards ceremony at the Belo Mansion in Dallas. She and all the attorneys selected to the 2016 Professional Excellence Award: Lifetime Achievers list are profiled in the September issue of Texas Lawyer at http://www.texaslawyer.com.
Among one of the most honored appellate attorneys in Texas, Ms. Hankinson previously has been recognized by Texas Lawyer in its 2007 Go-To Guide and as one of its Winning Women in 2011. Earlier this year, she was selected to The National Law Journal’s inaugural ADR Champions listing, recognizing the top 48 alternative dispute resolution trailblazers from across the nation.
Hankinson LLP, the pre-eminent civil appellate firm in the Southwest, provides clients with innovative legal insights and judicial perspective in all phases of litigation. The firm’s attorneys work with trial teams to develop strategies designed to put a case in the best position before, during and after trial. Dallas-based Hankinson LLP represents national clients, regional companies, governmental bodies and individuals with trial and appellate matters, and offers mediation and arbitration services as well. Learn more about the firm at http://hankinsonlaw.com.