The Texas Bar Foundation, the largest charitably funded bar foundation in the U.S. dedicated to educating the general public about their rights under the law, providing legal assistance to underserved populations, and assisting those who need the law’s protection, has selected Baylor Lawyer Roland K. Johnson (JD ’79) as the 2019 recipient of the ‘Lola Wright Foundation Award,’ for outstanding public service and the promotion of legal ethics in Texas.
“Roland is a model for servant leadership in the legal community,” stated Baylor Law Dean Brad Toben, who added, “He is so richly deserving of this recognition.” Johnson is a former president of the State Bar of Texas, and often speaks on ethics, professionalism, arbitration, and leadership.
Johnson is a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators, a member of American Board of Trial Advocates, a member of the American Law Institute, a board member of the Texas Access to Justice Foundation, and a Commissioner to the Texas Access to Justice Commission. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Bar Foundation from 2011-2015 and was Co-Chair of State Bar of Texas Pro Bono Workgroup.
Johnson will be honored at the Texas Bar Foundation Annual Dinner held on June 14th in Austin. He has generously selected Baylor Law and the Texas A&M Foundation to receive donations made by the Foundation in honor of his award.
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