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In Chambers

| Fall 2016

of note...

NCSC Honors Judge with

William H Rehnquist Award

for Judicial Excellence

District Judge Marc C. Carter

has been named recipient of the

2016 William H. Rehnquist Award

for Judicial Excellence, presented

annually by the National Cen-

ter for State Courts (NCSC). The

Rehnquist Award recognizes a state

court judge that demonstrates the

outstanding qualities of judicial ex-

cellence, including integrity, fair-

ness, open-mindedness, knowledge

of the law, professional ethics, cre-

ativity, sound judgment, intellectual

courage, and decisiveness, as well

as judges who are taking bold steps

to address a variety of issues affect-

ing their communities. Judge Carter

presides over the 228th Criminal

District Court in Harris County,

Texas. He is only the second judge

from Texas to receive this honor

since the award’s inception in 1996.

Justice Jane Bland, also from Hous-

ton, received the award in 2010.

TCJ Chair’s Award

Presented to

Judge Paul Davis

The Texas Center’s Immediate

Past Chair, Justice Lee Gabriel, pre-

sented Senior Judge Paul Davis with

the Chair’s Award for his unwaver-

ing and enduring dedication to the

Texas Center and educating judges.

During her presentation, Justice

Gabriel commended Judge Davis on

his steadfast, calm demeanor and

constant wisdom. Judge Davis was

judge of the 200th District Court

from 1983 until his retirement De-

cember 31, 2004. He serves on the

Ethics Committee of the Judicial

Section of the State Bar of Texas

and is its past chair. Judge Davis was

the first recipient of the Texas Cen-

ter’s Mari Kay Bickett Judicial Excel-

lence Through Education Award.

Judge Paula Goodhart

Named Outstanding Judicial

Faculty by Texas Center

The Curriculum Committee for

the Texas Center for the Judiciary

chose Judge Paula Goodhart as its

recipient for the 2015-2016 Exem-

plary Judicial FacultyAward. She was

presented the award during the Bar

Foundation Luncheon at the 2016

Annual Judicial Education Confer-

ence. Judge Goodhart is a new

faculty member, but demonstrated

her ability to teach with humor

and grace. Her presentation was

very well-received by the judiciary.

Judge Goodhart was appointed by

the Harris County Commissioner’s

Court to fill the judicial vacancy in

County Criminal Court at Law #1in

March of 2010 and has been elected

to that position since.