The Texas Bar Foundation named Texas Supreme Court Justice Phil Johnson as the 2018 Samuel Pessara Outstanding Jurist Award winner at the foundation’s dinner during the 2018 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting.

The Samuel Pessara Outstanding Jurist Award recognizes an active federal or state judge who exhibits an outstanding reputation for competency, efficiency, and integrity.

Johnson has served on the Texas Supreme Court since 2005. He served on the Seventh Court of Appeals in Amarillo from 1999 to 2005 and was elected chief justice of the appeals court in 2002.

Texas Tech School of Law will receive a $1,000 scholarship donation in honor of Johnson, who graduated from Texas Tech Law School in 1975 and was an attorney in the Lubbock area with Crenshaw, Dupree & Milam until 1998.

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