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Presidential Citation

The Presidential Citation program was established to recognize the extraordinary contributions of individuals who personify the university's commitment to the task of transforming lives. The university does not award honorary degrees, and these citations are designed to salute persons whose service exemplifies the values shared by the university community. The Presidential Citation honors those who have brought great distinction to the university and helped the institution to achieve its mission.

2015

Linda L. Addison

Linda L. Addison

Linda Addison is managing partner, U.S., and chair of the U.S. Management Committee of the law firm Norton Rose Fulbright. Addison advises CEOs, corporate boards, and general counsel on matters involving risk assessment, litigation avoidance and resolution, corporate governance, and ethics. She has been named among the “50 Most Powerful Women in New York” and the “50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America.” She earned degrees in Plan II and law at UT, where she became the first female managing editor of the Texas Law Review. A UT Distinguished Alumna, she is a trustee of the UT Law School Foundation and is co-founder and president of the Center for Women in Law.

Ricardo H. Hinojosa

Ricardo H. Hinojosa

Chief Judge Ricardo Hinojosa was appointed in 1983 to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. He was the youngest serving federal judge in the nation, and since 2009, he has served as the chief judge of the Southern District of Texas. A native of Rio Grande City, he earned a bachelor’s in government at UT Austin and a J.D. from Harvard. He has served as president of the Texas Exes and received the group’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. He served on UT Austin’s presidential search committees in 1997 and 2005. More recently, he served on the search committees for UT’s athletics director and its head football coach.

James C. Langdon

James C. Langdon, Jr.

James Langdon, Jr. is a senior executive partner at the law firm Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld. Langdon earned a B.B.A. and law degree at UT Austin. He has spent most of his career working on energy law around the world. Additionally, he has served America in a variety of federal positions, including in the Department of Energy and the Department of the Treasury and on the Cost of Living Council, the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, and the President’s Intelligence Oversight Board. At UT, he has served on the Governing Committee of the Strauss Center for International Security and Law.

Michael W. Perrin

Michael W. Perrin

Mike Perrin is partner in the law firm of Bailey Perrin Bailey. Perrin earned a B.A. in mathematics and a J.D. at UT, where he was a Longhorn football letterman throughout the late 1960s. He was appointed by the UT Board of Regents to the Council for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women. Perrin has led fundraising campaigns for the Charles Alan Wright Chair in Federal Courts and "The Texas Campaign: An Investment in Students" at the law school. He is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers, and the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Martha E. Smiley

Martha E. Smiley

Martha Smiley is a counsel to the law firm Enoch Kever and has extensive experience in public utility law. Smiley earned her bachelor’s from Baylor and her law degree from UT. She also founded Grande Communications. Smiley’s long history of community service includes membership on the UT Board of Regents and on the boards of SafePlace Foundation, The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, and the Austin Area Research Organization. At UT, she is a founding member of The Center for Women in Law; serves on the Advisory Board of the Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies; and was a recent president of the Longhorn Foundation.

Robert L. “Bobby” Stillwell

Robert L. “Bobby” Stillwell

Bobby Stillwell is a retired partner of the law firm Baker Botts and an immediate past UT regent. With an undergraduate and law degree from UT Austin, he joined with T. Boone Pickens as an original director of Mesa Petroleum in 1964, continuing his directorship until 2001. As a trustee of the T. Boone Pickens Foundation, Stillwell helped direct $700 million in educational, scientific, and health care gifts to nonprofit organizations. During Stillwell’s tenure on the Board of Regents he chaired four committees and served on the Board of The University of Texas Investment Management Company.