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Former Bracewell Partner and Texas Supreme Court Justice Eugene Cook Receives George Washington Medal

November 14, 2011

HOUSTON — Eugene Cook, a former Bracewell & Giuliani LLP partner and Justice for the Texas Supreme Court, received the George Washington Medal, the highest award given by the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge National Awards Program, at a ceremony on Saturday.

Awards recipients are selected by a distinguished, independent National Awards jury of state Supreme Court justices, officers from national patriotic, service and civic clubs, veterans and educational organizations. The jury looks favorably on current programs and projects of each of the candidates. The prestigious group of past recipients includes Chief Justice William Rehnquist, Walt Disney and John Wayne.

Governor William P. Clements appointed Cook to the Texas Supreme Court in 1988. Cook won a statewide election that same year and served on the high court from 1988-92. While on the court he served as chairman of the professionalism committee and was the principle architect of Texas Lawyer’s Creed, leading Texas to become the first state in the nation to adopt a creed to govern its lawyers.
In 1992, he joined Bracewell & Giuliani as a senior partner, where he led the firm’s appellate group until his retirement in 2002.

Justice Cook earned his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center and an LL.M. from the University of Virginia Law School.

Cook lives in College Station, Texas with Sondra, his wife of 43 years. He has a history of volunteering, particularly with the Special Olympics Texas, that helps over 40,000 intellectually challenged athletes, where he has volunteered for 29 years. In 1994 he served as chair for the Board of Directors for Texas. These athletes have been an inspiration to Justice Cook and their inspirational behavior keeps him moving forward to help everyone around him whenever he can.