Judge Israel Ramon Earns Outstanding Alumni
nOctober24, 2014, Judge Israel Ramon received
the Distinguished Judicial Law Graduate Award
from St. Mary’s University Law School. Judge
Ramon earned his B.A. in urban studies (with
honors) and his J.D. from St. Mary’s.
Judge Ramon was elected to the bench of the 430th
District Court in 2008, which is a court of general
jurisdiction and a Veterans Court. Prior to judicial service,
he was in private practice for almost 27 years and served
as a Hidalgo County Assistant District Attorney and Special
Prosecutor for Hidalgo and Nueces counties. Judge Ramon
is a Former Director of the Hidalgo County Bar Association
(1980-1984); HCBA Representative to TRLA Board of
Directors; and served as Chairman of the Board of TRLA.
He previously served as Chair of St. Mary’s University Law Alumni Association. He was the recipient of the
Hidalgo County Bar Foundation Law Day “Ethics Award” (2005) and “Lifetime Achievement Award” (2007).
Judge Ramon is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas, Pan America, and a former Adjunct
Professor of Law at Judge Reynaldo Garza School of Law.
Left to right: Judge Irene Rios, President, Law Alumni Association; Judge
Israel Ramon, Jr.; Stephen M. Sheppard, Dean, St. Mary’s Law School.
Judge Pat Kelly Earns Two Prestigious Awards
n November 2014, Judge Joseph Patrick Kelly received the Humanitarian
Award from the African American Chamber of Commerce of Victoria,
Texas. A banquet ceremony was held to honor four community leaders,
including Judge Kelly, for their community service to Victoria. The theme
of the annual banquet was “Dream It, Think It, Believe It, Achieve It.”
Additionally, on February 17, the Diocese of Victoria gave Judge Kelly (Class of
’57) the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award for St. Joseph High School. Judge Kelly
served on the St. Joseph Board of Directors for 23 years and as president for eight
years. He continues his service to St. Joseph High School as a Trustee Emeritus.
Judge Kelly has practiced law in Victoria since 1967. He was appointed by
Governor Ann Richards to fulfill the term of Judge Clarence N. Stevenson after
his death in 1993 and was elected in every subsequent election he participated.
He served as the 24th Judicial District of the State of Texas until Jan. 1, 2013. In retirement, he plans
on continuing judicial work as a visiting judge. Aside from his work in law, the U.S. Marine Corp Captain
has served for 17 years on the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority board of directors, served as Democratic
Chairman for Victoria County and served on boards for St. Joseph High School and Nazareth Academy. He
also is Faithful Navigator of Assembly 1126 of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus.