Judge Tom B. Ramey, Jr. is one of four recipients of this year's Outstanding Fifty Year Lawyer Award from the Texas Bar Foundation. Judge Ramey, of Tyler, received his law degree from The University of Texas School of Law in 1951. He then joined Ramey & Flock, P.C., a firm his father founded, and he practiced there for over 30 years as a litigator. In 1989, he was elected Chief Justice of the Twelfth Court of Appeals and served there until 2000. He has returned to Ramey & Flock where he has a mediation practice. He is a past President of the State Bar of Texas and is a former delegate to the American Bar Association. He is a Charter Member and Sustaining Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.
The award recognizes attorneys whose practice spanned fifty years or more, and who adhere to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession and service to the public. The Outstanding Fifty Year Lawyer Award was the first award established by the Texas Bar Foundation.
The Bar Foundation commissioned an oral history to recognize and preserve the accomplishments of Judge Ramey's legal career. Additionally, he will be publicly recognized and awarded a plaque at the Texas Bar Foundation Annual Dinner to be held on June 27, 2008 at the Hilton of the Americas in Houston.
The State Bar of Texas created the Texas Bar Foundation as the charitable arm of the lawyers of Texas. The Foundation is the largest bar foundation of its kind in the nation, and it is renowned for its ongoing effort to aid the public through its charitable grant making.
More than $10 million in grants have been given by the Foundation to benefit the people of Texas. These grants have been awarded for projects and programs that provide legal services for the poor, educate the public, address the effective administration of justice and improve the legal profession.
Gifts from Texas lawyers make the programs of the Texas Bar Foundation possible. Each year one-third of one percent of the State Bar members are invited to become Fellows of the Foundation. Election is a mark of distinction and recognition of their contribution to the legal profession. Reaching deep into their hearts and their pockets, Texas attorneys who are Fellows have, through voluntary contributions, made the Texas Bar Foundation the largest charitably funded state or local bar foundation in the nation.