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W.C. “Bud” Kirkendall Receives the Texas Center’s Chair’s Award

T

he Texas Center’s Past-Chair, JudgeRandy Clapp, presented

Judge Kirkendall with the Chair’s Award for his unwavering

and enduring dedication to the Texas Center and educating

the judiciary. Judge Kirkendall is also a 2012 recipient of

the Texas Center’s Exemplary Judicial Faculty Award. His list

of accolades does not end there, however. In 1996, Judge Kirkendall

was named Prosecutor of the Year by the State Bar of Texas. He won the

John Ben Sheppard Political Courage Award in 1993. Judge Kirkendall

is not only a dedicated servant to judicial education, but an excellent

and engaging teacher. Judge Kirkendall currently serves on the 2nd

25th District Court and has over 30 years of experience in law. Prior to

taking the bench, he had a private practice in Seguin, served as district

attorney for the 25th Judicial District from 1984 to 2004, and as a

briefing attorney for the Court of Criminal Appeals. Congratulations on

adding another award to the mantel, Judge Kirkendall.

Judicial Section Awards Judge Bill McCoy with Lifetime Achievement Award

During the Texas Bar Foundation Luncheon at the 2015 Annual

Judicial Education Conference, the Judicial Section of the State

Bar of Texas named Judge Bill McCoy as their recipient of the

Judicial Lifetime Achievement Award. Judge Dean Rucker was on

hand to present the award to JudgeMcCoy on behalf of the Judicial

Section. He noted that “[t]his year’s recipient is most deserving of

this recognition and has met its qualifications through a lifetime

of public service through which our recipient has ensured that

the judicial system is the guardian of the Constitution and the law,

and has, through the use of wisdom, humor and legal persuasion

given life to this creed each and every day on the job.”

The Judicial Lifetime Achievement Award is presented annually to a current or former Texas judge

or justice who is recognized by his or her peers as having a reputation for and commitment to judicial

excellence, has achieved a significant length of service as a judge in Texas and has demonstrated a long

term, consistent and significant contribution to the betterment of the judiciary, access to justice and the

system of justice in Texas. Judge Bill McCoy is Senior District Judge of the 358

th

District Court in Odessa,

Texas. He served on the bench for 30 years before retiring in December 2014. During his tenure, he earned

the respect and admiration of those in his community. He previously served Ector County as an assistant

district attorney and county attorney, before practicing law for almost 10 years.

As Judge Rucker further noted, “[Judge McCoy] has lived his life as he presided over his court. Everything

about this man is noble, humble and without pretension…I submit to you that our recipient is the genuine

article, the real McCoy.”