ALEXANDRIA, Va.--()--The Honorable Lee Hyman Rosenthal has been selected to receive the prestigious 2012 American Inns of Court Lewis F. Powell, Jr., Award for Professionalism and Ethics. The award will be presented by Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart at the American Inns of Court’s annual Celebration of Excellence, which will be held at the Supreme Court of the United States on October 20.
The award is given to a person who has rendered exemplary service in the areas of legal excellence, professionalism, and ethics. The award gives the American Inns of Court an opportunity to reach out to Inn members and nonmembers alike who share the organization's vision of legal service as a distinguished profession. Attorneys, judges, government officials, journalists, philanthropists, and other community leaders may receive the award.
Rosenthal is a U.S. District Court judge for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division. She was nominated to the district court by President George H.W. Bush on March 20, 1992, and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 12, 1992. She was appointed by Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist in 1996 as a member and in 2003 as chair of the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. She is the former chair of the Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, appointed in 2007 by Chief Justice John G. Roberts. She receives this award for her valuable contributions to the legal field in terms of her distinguished professionalism, civility, and practice of upstanding ethics.
Rosenthal received her BA from the University of Chicago and her JD from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was a member of the Law Review. After completing law school, Rosenthal clerked for Chief Judge John R. Brown, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She is a member of the A.A. White American Inn of Court and has been an Inn member for over 10 years. Her recognitions include selection as Trial Judge of the Year by the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists in 2000, 2006, and 2012.
The American Inns of Court, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, fosters excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills. Today there are 367 chartered American Inns of Court in 48 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam. There are more than 29,000 members nationwide encompassing a wide cross-section of the legal community, including federal and state judges, lawyers, law professors, and law students.