Texas Center for Legal Ethics Selects Nina Cortell as Jack Pope Professionalism Award Honoree


DALLAS – The Texas Center for Legal Ethics (TCLE) has chosen Haynes and Boone, LLP Partner Nina Cortell to receive one of two 2013 Jack Pope Professionalism Awards, which annually recognize one lawyer and one judge who personify the highest standards of professionalism and integrity in the field of law. The judicial recipient of this year’s Jack Pope Award is Judge Patrick E. Higginbotham of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

TCLE Executive Director Jonathan Smaby says that "Judge Higginbotham and Ms. Cortell are exemplars of professionalism and integrity who – like Chief Justice Pope – have made immense contributions to the legal profession. The Pope Awards highlight the good works that lawyers do, and this year's recipients are particularly deserving."

The award recognizes Ms. Cortell as “a longtime leader in the Dallas legal community,” “a widely respected appellate attorney,” and “a leader on issues affecting women lawyers for more than 30 years.”

“Nina was the first woman lawyer at Haynes and Boone,” said Terry Conner, Haynes and Boone managing partner. “Her contributions have been instrumental in the evolution of the firm’s appellate practice and to this day, she continues to serve as an outstanding lawyer and leader at the firm and in the community. We are thrilled to congratulate her on this outstanding honor.”

The Pope Awards will be presented at the annual Texas Supreme Court Historical Society Dinner on June 14 in Austin.

At Haynes and Boone, Ms. Cortell has had a distinguished career in the trial and appellate courts, representing corporations, public entities and individuals in cases that have put her at the forefront of Texas litigation practice. In addition, Cortell has been an active contributor to the community. Her extensive community service includes presidency of University of Texas School of Law Alumni Association and founding of the Center for Women in Law at the University of Texas School of Law.

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