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July 3, 2012—The South Texas College of Law Alumni Association announces the 2012 recipients of the Distinguished Alumnus and Public Service Awards. The Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus honors will be presented to Richard N. Laminack ’87. The Public Service Award goes to Supreme Court of Texas Justice David Medina ’89. “Their professional accomplishments, active participation and support of the college, and service to the public and legal community exemplify some of the best qualities of South Texas attorneys," says Alumni Association President SJ Swanson ’02.

The Alumni Association honors one graduate each year as Distinguished Alumnus for their service to the college, the profession, and the community. Laminack, a nationally recognized trial attorney, is the managing partner of Laminack, Pirtle & Martines, L.L.P. His practice centers on various types of civil litigation including products liability, mass torts, and commercial disputes. His dedication to South Texas includes serving as an adjunct professor, as an advocacy judge, and ongoing, generous financial support. “Rick’s love for South Texas and the Advocacy Program is unequalled,” says South Texas President and Dean Donald J. Guter. "His active participation is unwavering, and he’s one of the best cheerleaders for the program we could hope for.” Laminack also volunteers with the Texas Lawyer’s Assistance Program and the Houston Council for Alcohol and Drug Abuse.

The Alumni Association’s 2012 Public Service Award will be presented to Supreme Court of Texas Justice David Medina ’89. Justice Medina has served on the state’s highest civil court since 2004, after service as the general counsel for the governor of Texas, as a state district court judge, and working as associate general counsel for Cooper Industries, Inc. He serves as liaison to the Court Records Preservation Task Force and as deputy liaison to the Supreme Court Rules Advisory Committee. He has volunteered for a variety of organizations including Habitat for Humanity, METRO, the Mexican-American Bar Association, the Houston Bar Association, and the Spring Klein Baseball Association. Justice Medina has taught as an adjunct professor at South Texas, served as a mentor to law students, and worked as a volunteer with the Alumni Association. "Justice Medina has devoted years of service to Texas, the legal community, and the college. He has earned this award many times over,” says Guter.

As the Distinguished Alumnus, Laminack will be the keynote speaker and both recipients will accept their awards at the Alumni Association’s Annual Meeting on Friday, September 7 at the Four Season’s Hotel in Houston. For more information on the Annual Meeting, please contact Christina Trunzo at 713-646-1793 or



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