Michael P. Heiskell (J.D. ’74) Named 2022 Baylor Lawyer of the Yr
Baylor Lawyer of the Yr, Michael Heiskell (heart), with Ambassador Ron Kirk, Baylor Legislation Alumni Affiliation President Cynthia Clack, Baylor College President Linda Livingstone, and Dean Brad Toben on the Fort Price Membership on Thursday, September 15, 2022.
The Government Committee of the Baylor Legislation Alumni Affiliation has chosen Michael P. Heiskell (J.D. ’74) because the 2022 Baylor Lawyer of the Yr. Cynthia Clack (J.D. ’78), President of the Baylor Legislation Alumni Affiliation, introduced Heiskell with the award throughout a recognition luncheon on the Fort Price Membership on Thursday, September fifteenth.
Michael and Anita Heiskell
“Michael exemplifies each high quality of a Baylor Lawyer. He’s a fierce but compassionate advocate for his shoppers and has an dependable dedication to enhancing the standard of our justice system whereas sustaining the best beliefs of the authorized occupation,” acknowledged Baylor Legislation Dean Brad Toben. “He’s an excellent lawyer and a very genuine individual. His profession and life bear testimony to his richly deserving this honor.”
“I’m honored, humbled, and grateful to be the recipient of the 2022 Baylor Lawyer of the Yr Award,” Michael stated. “To be listed among the many most influential and iconic Baylor Attorneys—from Leon Jaworski, to Matt Dawson, to Bob Bullock, simply to call a couple of—is a blessing that I’ll cherish for the remainder of my life,” he continued. “Attending Baylor Legislation was a dream come true for me. I left it so much wiser in methods I by no means imagined. I’m proud to proceed to affiliate myself with Baylor College and its nice regulation faculty.”
Heiskell, who focuses his observe on felony protection and representing civil rights litigants, is among the three founding companions of the Fort Price-based agency Johnson, Vaughn & Heiskell. He now serves because the senior legal professional. Earlier than founding the agency in 1984, he served as an assistant district legal professional for Galveston County from 1975 to 1980 and as an assistant United States legal professional within the Northern District of Texas from 1980 to 1984.
Michael exemplifies each high quality of a Baylor Lawyer. He’s a fierce but compassionate advocate for his shoppers and has an dependable dedication to enhancing the standard of our justice system whereas sustaining the best beliefs of the authorized occupation.”
–Dean Brad Toben
Heiskell was not too long ago sworn in as President-Elect of the Nationwide Affiliation of Prison Protection Attorneys and is Previous-President of the Tarrant County Prison Protection Attorneys Affiliation, the Texas Prison Protection Attorneys Affiliation (“TCDLA”), and the Galveston County Younger Attorneys Affiliation. He’s a former Chair of the U.S. Court docket Advisory Committee for the Northern District of Texas and a Trustee of the Texas Bar Basis. He’s a former President 0f the Tarrant County Prison Protection Attorneys and a former member of the Board of Administrators of the Tarrant County Bar Affiliation.
Baylor College President Linda Livingstone addresses the gang on the 2022 Baylor Lawyer of the Yr Luncheon honoring Michael Heiskell.
He acquired the “Lawyer of the Yr Award” from the Tarrant County Black Bar Affiliation in each 1995 and 2000. He was awarded the “Presidential Award of Excellence” by TCDLA in 1994, 1995, and 2003 and was inducted into the TCDLA’s Corridor of Fame in 2015. He at present serves on the Board of Administrators for the Nationwide Affiliation of Prison Protection Attorneys (“NACDL”). In 2020 he acquired the Blackstone Award from the Tarrant County Bar Affiliation, the Bar’s highest honor. Texas Month-to-month Journal has named him a “Tremendous Lawyer” yearly since 2003. He has additionally been acknowledged in “Texas Lawyer” as one of many “Extraordinary Minorities in Texas Legislation.”
Michael Heiskell provides remarks after being named 2022 Baylor Lawyer of the Yr.
Heiskell is a ‘Double Bear,’ graduating from Baylor College in 1972 and was the primary African American graduate of Baylor Legislation, receiving his Juris Physician in 1974. He at present serves on the Baylor College Board of Regents.
Heiskell is a frequent Lecturer for the Dallas County Prison Attorneys Affiliation, the Tarrant County Prison Protection Attorneys Affiliation, the Texas Prison Protection Attorneys Affiliation, and the State Bar of Texas. Has spoken incessantly earlier than the Texas Middle for the Judiciary and the Federal Public Defender’s Annual Federal Observe Seminar. He has additionally introduced to the NACDL, the Louisiana Affiliation of Prison Protection Attorneys, the Dallas County Prison Protection Attorneys, the San Antonio Prison Protection Attorneys, the Mexican-American Bar Affiliation, and the Tarrant County Bar Affiliation. He’s at present the Chair of the Delta Mu Boulé Academic Basis and serves on the Board of Regents for The Oakridge College in Arlington, Texas.
Heiskell and his spouse, Anita, are members of Morningside United Methodist Church in Fort Price, they usually have 4 kids: Marin, James, Michael, Jr., and Mason.
2022 Baylor Lawyer of the Yr Michael Heiskell and his prolonged household.
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