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Michael Heiskell of Fort Worth's Jackson, Vaughn & Heiskell, was presented the Blackstone Award by the Tarrant County Bar Association. The Blackstone Award, named after Sir William Blackstone — a British legal scholar in the 18th century — has been awarded annually since 1963 to an attorney who shows consistent ability, integrity, and courage. Leaders from the Tarrant County Bar Association stated that "Michael Heiskell exemplifies all these qualities. He is widely known in our profession for his professionalism, legal prowess, and commitment to our community. He gives back selflessly to the profession and has helped citizens, both well known and unknown, the powerful and the powerless."
Lynda Beck Fenwick released her third book this month, Prairie Bachelor: The Story of a Kansas Homesteader and the Populist Movement. Lynda is the award-winning author of Should the Children Pray: A Historical, Judicial, and Political Examination of Public School Prayer and Private Choices, Public Consequences, Reproductive Technology and the New Ethics of Conception, Pregnancy, and Family.
Hon. Steve Ellis recently retired after 24 years as the District Judge of the 35th District in Brown County, Brownwood, Texas. He will continue to serve as Senior Judge.
Susan Kelly has been appointed by Governor Greg Abbott as Judge for the 54th Judicial District Court in McLennan County, effect Jan 1, 2021.
William Holms just released his first suspense/thriller novel entitled, The Killing of Faith.
Steven Jansma has been named the co-leader of the U.S. litigation practice at Norton Rose Fulbright, one of the nation's largest law firms. Steven will lead the firm's U.S. litigation and disputes team alongside Dallas-based attorney Richard Kumholtz. A specialist in mass tort and complex product liability lawsuits, Steven has represented multinational corporations in the automotive, energy, and manufacturing sectors. He's currently lead counsel for German automaker BMW in litigation over defective airbags that led to the recall of millions of vehicles.
Craig Jones was elected County Attorney of Hutchison County on November 3. His daughter, Carson Jones Lacy, is a 1L student at Baylor Law.
Christopher B. Trowbridge, Bell Nunnally managing partner, is featured in the 2021 edition of The Dallas 500, a publication featuring 500 North Texas business leaders across 56 categories. Christopher is recognized in the category of Law-Business and IP Litigation.
Marsha Quiroz has joined Nicolaides Fink Thorpe Michaelides Sullivan LLP in Chicago, one of the largest firms in the United States focused exclusively on insurance law.
Jason W. Webster of Tehachapi, California, was appointed by Governor Gavin Newson as judge to Kern County Superior Court. He has served as commissioner of the court since 2017.
Jude T. Hickland was just elected partner at Faegre Drinker, effective Jan. 1, 2021. Jude is an attorney in the firm's business litigation practice group in the Dallas office. He advocates for clients facing class actions and other complex litigation and maintains a national practice with automotive, engineering, insurance, consumer health care, and commercial real estate clients.
Joshua Weaver has been selected as director of the Texas Opportunity & Justice Incubator (TOJI).