The Texas Center for Legal Ethics has announced that David Keltner of Fort Worth will receive the 2018 Chief Justice Jack Pope Professionalism Award.
Each year, the Texas Center for Legal Ethics presents the Pope Award to a judge or attorney who personifies the highest standards of professionalism and integrity in appellate law. The award is named for former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Jack Pope, one of the Texas Center for Legal Ethics’s founders and the first recipient of the award in 2009.
Keltner was a judge on the Fort Worth Court of Appeals from 1986 to 1990 and is now an appellate attorney with Kelly Hart & Hallman in Fort Worth. He is one of the original drafters of the Texas Lawyer’s Creed, and he worked with Pope in 1984 to enact the State Bar of Texas’s new disciplinary procedure rules.
“David Keltner epitomizes what every young lawyer should aspire to be — an advocate who strives to further the administration of justice in a manner that honors his clients, the attorneys that he works with and against, and the judges before whom he appears,” said Grapevine attorney Jerry Bullard, one of the attorneys who nominated Keltner for the award.
The award will be presented to Keltner by Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht at the annual Texas Supreme Court Historical Society Dinner on Sept. 7 in Austin. In May, Keltner received the Tarrant County Bar Association’s most prestigious award, The Blackstone Award.
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