These alumni notes reflect the period from August 2013 to the present.
Grant Cook of The Cook Law Firm was honored at the April 30 Houston Baylor Lawyer Network reception as the Outstanding Houston Baylor Lawyer of the quarter. Cook has been a successful trial lawyer for four decades.
W. Fred Cameron received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Atlanta Alumni Association and the Atlanta Education Foundation. Cameron, who lives in Houston, was a partner at Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Cameron is a past chairman of the Baylor Board of Regents and he presently holds a position on the Baylor College of Medicine Board of Trustees. He is a Lifetime Member of the Baylor Law Alumni Association. He received the W.R. White Meritorious Service Award in 2002, and he and his wife, Princess, were awarded the 2009 Founders Medallion.
George Chandler was inducted as an American College of Trial Lawyers Fellow for 2012. Fellowship in the college is limited to the top 1 percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. Fellowship status is extended by invitation only, after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility, and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years trial experience before they may be considered for a fellowship. Chandler is a partner in the law firm of Chandler, Mathis & Zivley PC in Lufkin.
Tracy H. Crawford has received the 2014 Ronald D. Secrest Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award from the Texas Bar Foundation. The firm of Beck, Redden & Secrest, L.L.P. established the award in honor and memory of Secrest, a gifted trial lawyer and a founding partner of the firm. The award recognizes a trial lawyer who, in his or her practice, has demonstrated high ethical and moral standards and has demonstrated exceptional professional conduct, thus enhancing the image of the trial lawyer. Crawford is with the Tyler-based firm of Ramey & Flock P.C. His practice principally has been in federal court in the Eastern District of Texas and state courts in the East Texas area.
Walter Umphrey has had an endowed scholarship established in his name. Lamar University and the Beaumont Foundation of America created the Southeast Texas Legends Scholarships to assist underserved Lamar University students. On Oct. 26, the university announced that the 15th in a series of $100,000 endowed scholarships was named in honor of Umphrey, founding partner of the Provost Umphrey Law Firm.
Former U.S. District Judge T. John Ward of Longview has been inducted into the prestigious International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL), one of the world's most-respected legal organizations. Judge Ward was inducted during the organization's recent mid-year meeting in Chicagohas. He has practiced in the firm of Ward & Smith in Longview.