0 Programs with Hon. W. Royal Furgeson, Jr.
The Honorable W. Royal Furgeson is Senior U.S. District Judge in the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division. Prior to taking Senior Status, Judge Furgeson served in the El Paso, Midland, and San Antonio Divisions of the Western District of Texas. He has been a federal judge for over eighteen years. A native of Lubbock, Judge Furgeson graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and earned his law degree at the University of Texas School of Law, where he was an Associate Editor of the Texas Law Review. After law school, Judge Furgeson served the U.S. Army for two years, attaining the rank of Captain. Following a tour in Vietnam, he returned to Lubbock as law clerk to the Honorable Halbert O. Woodward. Before taking the bench, Judge Furgeson was a practicing lawyer for twenty-four years with the Kemp Smith firm in El Paso, Texas. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a member of the American Law Institute, and Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Civil Trial Law. While in private practice, he was general campaign chair and president of the El Paso United Way, president of the El Paso chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and president of the El Paso Bar Association. In addition to his ongoing district court obligations, Judge Furgeson is a panel judge on the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, President of the Federal Judges Association, and a member of the Judicial Branch Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States. He has also served as chair of the Judicial Resources Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States. He has been honored on numerous occasions, including the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the Texas Tech Alumni Association, the West Texas Legal Legend Award by the Texas Tech University School of Law, the 2010 Distinguished Counselor Award by the State Bar of Texas Antitrust and Business Litigation Section, the Luke Soules Award by the State Bar of Texas Litigation Section, the Leon Green Award by the Texas Law Review, and the Faculty Award by the University of Texas School of Law. Effective May 2013, Judge Furgeson will assume the role as founding dean of the UNT Dallas College of Law, in anticipation of the law school’s opening in August 2014.