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Class of 1980

Judge Vicky Johnson

Vicky Johnson

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Judge

Vicky Johnson of the 1st Judicial District of Nebraska announced that she is retiring at the end of January 2022. Johnson has served on the bench for 17 years and as the presiding judge for the Southeast Nebraska Adult Drug Court since 2007.

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Robert L. Tobey

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Robert Tobey was elected to the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas and was also elected to the Council of the National Conference of Bar Presidents.

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Neal Manne ’80

Neal Manne

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Neal Manne received American Bar Association’s national Pro Bono Publico Award – the highest public service recognition by the country’s largest legal organization. Earlier this year, Manne received the John Minor Wisdom Public Service and Professionalism Award, which the ABA’s Litigation Section gives each year to one lawyer who has made outstanding contributions to help the disadvantaged and disenfranchised. He is the only person ever to receive both awards in the same year.

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Carlos Eduardo Cárdenas

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Carlos Eduardo Cárdenas, of the Law Office of Carlos Eduardo Cárdenas, P.C. in El Paso, has been elected 2021-2022 Fellows Chair of the Texas Bar Foundation.  Cárdenas’ law practice focuses on personal injury and commercial litigation, and in administrative law proceedings

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Earle Martin

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Earle Plain Martin III passed away at the age of 65 on Dec. 31, 2020, after battling complications from COVID-19. He graduated from Texas Law in 1980 and joined Vinson & Elkins as a lawyer in the Business, Real Estate and Energy group, led by the late Rush Record. After three years at Vinson & Elkins, Martin chose to move away from practicing law and started his own private air charter, laying the foundation for a three-decades-long career.

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Portrait of Robert Tobey

Robert Tobey

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All of the attorneys at Dallas law firm Johnston Tobey Baruch have been named to the list of Texas Super Lawyers for 2020, including Robert Tobey. Robert Tobey is a trial lawyer who currently serves as president of the Dallas Bar Association.

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Julian T. Lopez

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Julian T. Lopez is a personal injury attorney who practices at the Villarreal & Begum Law Firm and helps injured clients throughout Texas. He is a graduate of the Class of 1980 and worked as a prosecutor before becoming a plaintiff’s attorney. He is a member of several local law associations, including the State Bar of Texas, San Antonio Trial Lawyers, and the Texas Bar College.

Julian loves one-on-one interactions with his clients and helping them recover the maximum compensation.

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Robert Tobey

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The Dallas Bar Association recently elected its incoming Board. Robert Tobey, of Johnston Tobey Baruch, P.C., will lead the association in 2020. He was sworn in as the 111th President of the DBA January 11, 2020. Mr. Tobey began his service on the DBA Board of Directors in 2012. He was later elected Chair of the Board in 2016.

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Robert L. Tobey

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President, Dallas Bar association

Robert L. Tobey has been elected President of the Dallas Bar Association, a professional, voluntary organization of more than 11,000 Dallas-area attorneys.

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James P. Hill

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Attorney

James P. Hill, was named by his peers for inclusion in the 26th Edition of Best Lawyers in America®. Hill is a founding member of Sullivan Hill, member of its Executive Committee and chair of the firm’s Insolvency and Commercial Bankruptcy practice group. He is recognized in the fields of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law.

Carlos Eduardo Cardenas

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Carlos Eduardo Cardenas (J.D. 1980) has been elected as Fellows Secretary to the Board of Trustees of the Texas Bar Foundation. Carlos took office June 14, 2019.

Founded in 1965 by attorneys determined to assist the public and improve the profession of law, the Texas Bar Foundation has maintained its mission of using the financial contributions of its membership to enhance the rule of law and the system of justice in Texas.

Jay Jackson

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Associate

Attorney Jay Jackson of the Houston personal injury law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz has been selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list for 2018. This marks Mr. Jackson’s seventh consecutive year of inclusion on this list which is published annually in the Texas Monthly and Texas Super Lawyers magazines. Only the top five percent of attorneys practicing in Texas are recognized each year and selection is based on peer nominations and evaluations and research.

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Joe Hardt

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Joe Hardt is CEO and owner of Presco Polymers LP, a vertically integrated manufacturer of safety marking products and custom engineered films in Sherman, Texas. Previously, he was an attorney at the Dallas law firm, Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC and CEO of AMX Corp.

Jay Jackson

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Attorney

Attorney Jay Jackson of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz has been named to the Texas Super Lawyers list for 2017. This marks Mr. Jackson’s sixth consecutive year of selection to the Super Lawyers list.

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Carlos Eduardo Cardenas

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Carlos Eduardo Cardenas ’80 is serving as the 2017-2018 Chair of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas.

Jay Jackson

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Jay Jackson, an Associate at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend, has been selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list for 2016, which marks his fifth consecutive year to be recognized on the list.

Jay Jackson

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Attorney Jay Jackson, of the law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend, has been named to the 2015 designation of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel (NADC). The mission of the NADC is to recognize attorneys who exemplify and elevate the standards of the bar and provide a benchmark of accomplishment for other lawyers.

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