Helen Cassidy Award

In 2005, the State Bar Appellate Section began awarding of the Annual State Bar of Texas Appellate Practice Section Helen A. Cassidy Award. Those who were fortunate enough to know Helen understand full well why the Section would honor her. Helen was one of the very first attorneys board certified in civil appellate law in the State of Texas. Perhaps the crown jewel of Helen’s contribution to appellate law is the 15 years that she devoted to public service as staff attorney, then chief staff attorney, of the 14th Court of Appeals. A common theme was Helen’s ongoing commitment to excellence in appellate law and education, and to helping those with a more faint voice, and with fewer means, wealth, and political connection.

Here is the dedication in which the Section announced the creation of the Helen Cassidy Award in 2005. That dedication gave a soulful description of what she meant to the Section, and provided a quote from Helen showing her incisive wit, and her no holds barred support for those who contributed by laboring in the Section’s vineyards. 

The State Bar Appellate Section Council is proud to recognize Helen’s lifelong commitment to legal excellence through the Helen A. Cassidy Award. Each year, the award will be presented to the person who receives the highest evaluations during the previous year’s Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course.

Winners of the award are: 

Lifetime Achievement - Chad Baruch
2023 - Mia Lorick
2022-2023 Lisa Bowlin Hobbs
2020 - Chris Dove
2019 - Chris Dove 
2018 - Chris Dove
2017 - Phil Durst
2016 - Phil Durst
2015 - David Keltner 
2014 - Chad Baruch
2013 - Chad Baruch 
2012 - Robert Dubose  
2011 - Chad Baruch 
2010 - Pamela Stanton Baron
2009 - Kurt Kuhn, Robert DuBose & Chad Baruch 
2008 - Douglas R. Richmond & Chad Baruch 
2007 - Justice David E. Keltner 
2006 - Philip Durst and Kurt H. Kuhn 
2005 - The Honorable John G. Hyde 




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