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Judicial Section Awards Judge Larry Gist with Lifetime Achievement Award


ach year, the Judicial Section

of the State Bar of Texas

presents its Judicial Lifetime

Achievement Award to a current

or former Texas judge who is

recognized 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 Larry Gist of Beaumont received the

award during the Texas Bar Foundation

Luncheon at the 2014 Annual Judicial

Education Conference, with more than 450

Texas judges in attendance. Judge Gist is the first non-Supreme Court of Texas justice to receive the Lifetime

Achievement Award.

Judge Gist graduated from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Texas Law School. In addition,

he attended the National and Texas Judicial Colleges; the College of Advanced Judicial Studies and is a

member of the College of the State Bar of Texas. He served for nine years as an Assistant Criminal District

Attorney of Jefferson County, one year as Assistant State’s Attorney before the Texas Court of Criminal

Appeals, and 20 years as Criminal District Judge of Jefferson County. He has continued to serve as a full

time Senior Criminal District Judge for the last 20 years. He is a Certified Specialist in Criminal Law by the

State Bar of Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

He has also served for the last 19 years on the Judicial Advisory Council of the Texas Department of

Criminal Justice and is currently Chairman of the Council. He recently was appointed by the Texas Governor

as a Member of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice and serves as Chairman of the Community Corrections

Committee. Judge Gist has served on the faculty of the Texas and National Judicial Colleges, is an Adjunct

Professor of Criminal Law at South Texas College of Law, and has been Director of the International

Comparative Criminal Law Course for 27 years. He has received numerous awards and recognitions during

his 50-year legal career, and the first state jail was named after him by the Texas Board of Criminal Justice.