Point Clear, Alabama (July 23, 2005) -- J. Gorman Houston, Jr., who recently joined Lightfoot, Franklin & White after serving nearly twenty years as a justice on the Alabama Supreme Court, was honored with the Commissioners' Award at the Alabama State Bar's annual meeting in Point Clear today. The Commissioners' Award, which is not given every year, is reserved for individuals who make profound contributions to the administration of justice in the State of Alabama.
A graduate of Auburn University, Justice Houston received his law degree in 1956 from the University of Alabama, where he was a member of Farrah Order of Jurisprudence and graduated first in his class. Following law school, Justice Houston served as a law clerk for Chief Justice J. Ed Livingston of the Supreme Court of Alabama and as a judge advocate in the United States Air Force. After military service, Justice Houston practiced law in Eufaula for twenty-five years until he was appointed to the Supreme Court on September 16, 1985. He was elected to that position in 1986, and was reelected in 1992 and 1998. He served as Acting Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama from August, 2003 to June, 2004.
Alabama State Bar President Douglas McElvy congratulated Justice Houston after he was unanimously selected by the Board of Bar Commissioners to receive the award: "I can assure you that in the eyes of the commissioners you are highly esteemed, not only for your years of excellent service as a jurist, but also for courageously leading our judicial system through the troubled times of the recent past. Your impeccable example of moral character and professionalism is one to which we as lawyers should all aspire."