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Judge Israel Ramon Earns Outstanding Alumni

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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.

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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

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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.

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