Judge Lora J. Livingston Receives National Recognition
received the National Center
for State Courts’ (NCSC) 2015
Distinguished Service Award for a State
Trial Court Judge, one of the highest
awards presented by the organization.
The Distinguished Service Award is
presented annually to those who
have made significant contributions
to the justice system and who have
supported the mission of NCSC.
Judge Livingston was elected judge
of the 261st District Court in Travis
County in 1998 after serving as an
associate judge for the Travis County
District Courts since 1995. She has
received numerous awards for her
achievements, including: the Texas
Center for the Judiciary Exemplary Judicial Faculty Award in 2009 and 2006; the Women of Distinction Award
by the Lonestar Girl Scouts Council in 2006; the Texas Access to Justice Commission Pro Bono Champion
Award, and the Texas Equal Access to Justice Foundation Harold F. Kleinman Award in 2005. Judge Livingston
is a 1982 graduate of UCLA School of Law and began her legal career as a Reginald Heber Smith Community
Lawyer Fellow assigned to the Legal Aid Society of Central Texas.
NCSC presents six Distinguished Service awards annually to those who have made significant contributions
to the court system and to the work of the NCSC. The awards recognize one person from each of the
following categories: current of former state appellate judge; current of former state trial judge; state-level
court administrator or employee; trial-level court administrator or employee; attorney or other individual not
employed by the courts; and current or former international judge or court executive.
Montgomery, Lorri. National Center for State Courts. “Texas Judge Named Recipient of National Court Organization’s Distinguished
Service Award,” Press Release, May 8, 2015, available athttp://www.ncsc.org/newsroom/news-releases/2015/texas-judge-named-recipient- of-national-court-organizations-distinguished-service-award.aspx .
From Left: Chief Justice Nathan Hecht, Judge Lora Livingston, William Hubbard, Jo-Ann Wallace,
Mary K. Ryan