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MADD Names Judge Rebecca Simpson Outstanding

Criminal Justice Judge of 2015


udge Rebecca Simpson received the 2015 Outstanding Criminal

Justice Award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving this month.

In discussing their decision, MADD praised Judge Simpson

for her assertive and firm approach to ensuring that first time drunk

driving offenders won’t become repeat offenders and her less than

one percent dismissal rate for all impaired driving offenders. Judge

Simpson presides over Gregg County Court at Law No. 1 and has been

on the bench for 16 years. Judge Simpson stated that the award is a

demonstration of her community’s commitment to reducing alcohol-

related deaths and injuries. She believes that Gregg County is blessed

to have “an extremely pro-active and committed district attorney’s office with strong leadership and dedicated

prosecutors.” She also commended the local police force as being the “front line” and doing an outstanding

job at identifying intoxicated drivers.


Judge Mary Murphy Receives L.A. Bedford Distinguished Jurist Award


ounded in 1952, J.L. Turner Legal Association (“JLTLA”), is the

African-American bar association in Dallas, Texas. Each year, in

recognition of judicial excellence in the Dallas courts, the JLTLA

acknowledges the efforts of one local outstanding judge. Since its

creation many years ago, the L.A. Bedford Distinguished Jurist Award

has recognized the excellence, vigorous service, and inspiration of local

jurists who have and continue to adhere to the highest ideals of judicial

service. Any member of the municipal, state or federal bench, whether

active or retired, who has made a significant, positive impact on the

quality and administration of justice in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metropolitan

Area is eligible for consideration. This year, JLTLA has selected Presiding

Judge of the First Administrative Judicial Region, Judge Mary Murphy, as

its recipient.

Judge Mary L. Murphy has served as the Presiding Judge, a position to which Governor Rick Perry appointed

her, since October 2, 2013. She retired as a justice of the Fifth District Court of Appeals to accept the

appointment, a position she had held since January 1, 2009. From January 1, 2001 through December 31,

2008, she served in the 14th District Court as a civil district judge.