Helen A. Cassidy
graduated magna cum laude from the University of Houston College of Law, after
which she forged a 30-year career as an appellate specialist, staff attorney,
and chief staff attorney of the Fourteenth Court of appeals. She first went into private practice and
became an adjunct professor of law at the University of Houston. She then worked as Assistant Director and
Staff Counsel for Inmates with the Texas Department of Corrections in
Huntsville from 1979 to 1981. She also
served as an administrative judge in the Houston District Office of the Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission.
Ms. Cassidy next
worked for 15 years with the Fourteenth Court of Appeals and became one of the
first Texas attorneys to achieve board certification in Civil Appellate Law –
thereafter volunteering on the Board of Specialization’s Civil Appellate Law
Examination Commission for more than a decade.
She participated frequently as a CLE planning committee member, author,
and speaker on issues of trial and appellate law and also as Chair of the
Houston Bar Association Appellate Section.
Later, she returned to private appellate practice. After she passed, the State Bar’s Appellate
Section awarded the first Helen A. Cassidy Award, which is awarded annually to
the person who garners the highest evaluation scores during the previous year’s
Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course.