March 6, 2015—U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal, who teaches as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center, will be recognized on March 25 by the Association of Women Attorneys (AWA) during its annual “Premier Women in Law Gala.”
“I am particularly grateful for the chance to tell my four daughters about this award, and for the chance to join the distinguished women the AWA will honor this year and has honored in the past,” Rosenthal said.
The AWA is a non-profit organization of attorneys, judges, and law students who are interested in promoting the women of Houston’s legal community.
Rosenthal was nominated to the district court in the Southern District of Texas by President George H. W. Bush in 1992. Previously, she was a partner at Baker Botts L.L.P. in Houston, where she tried civil cases and handled appeals in the state and federal courts.
She earned her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Chicago, and clerked for Chief Judge John R. Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Rosenthal first taught a federal courts class at the Law Center in 2010 and in 2013 she began team teaching with Professor Aaron Bruhl.
Rosenthal has received the Houston Bar Association’s highest judiciary bar poll evaluation three times; is the recipient of the 2012 Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Award for Professionalism and Ethics given by the American Inns of Court Foundation; was selected twice as trial judge of the year by the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists; and was appointed by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justices William H Rehnquist and John G. Roberts Jr. to serve on the Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure.
“I know that I would not be where I am without the sacrifices and work of the women who came before me.” Rosenthal said.