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Gerry Goldstein of San Antonio has been selected as one of five 2019 recipients of the Texas Bar Foundation’s Outstanding 50 Year Lawyer Award. The award recognizes attorneys whose practice has spanned 50 years or more and who adhere to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession and service to the public.

Mr. Goldstein graduated from Tulane University in 1965 and the University of Texas School of Law in 1968, where he served as an Adjunct Professor of Law for 11 years (1982-1993).  For the past 23-years he has served on the faculty of St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas.

He is a Past President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (1994-1995) and the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (1992-1993), a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (1997-), the American College of Trial Lawyers (1991), and the American Board of Criminal Lawyers (1997-).

Mr. Goldstein received the Robert C. Heeney Memorial Award [Outstanding Criminal Defense Attorney in U.S.] from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in 1991; was named the Outstanding Criminal Defense Lawyer in Texas by the State Bar of Texas in 1991, and was named a “Texas Legal Legend” by the State Bar of Texas Litigation Council in 2011.  He received the Justice Albert Tate, Jr. Award [for Outstanding Contribution to Criminal Advocacy] from the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in 1993, and the John Henry Faulk Civil Libertarian of the Year Award from the American Civil Liberties Union in 1999.  In 2000 he was named one of 100 Texas Legal Legends over the past century by Texas Lawyer (celebrating Texas State Bar’s 100th Anniversary).  In 2002 he was inducted into the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers “Hall of Fame”, the San Antonio Bar Association’s “Hall of Fame” in 2013, and Best Lawyers in America [1987-].  He received the William S. Sessions American Inns of Court First Annual “Goldstein Award of Excellence” in 2015, the First Annual Michael J. Kennedy Social Justice Award from the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws in 2016, and the San Antonio Bar Association’s Joe Frazier Brown, Jr., Award of Excellence for Outstanding Leadership and Service to the Legal Community in 2016.

The Bar Foundation commissioned an oral history to recognize and preserve the accomplishments of Mr. Goldstein’s legal career.  Additionally, he will be publicly recognized at the Texas Bar Foundation Annual Dinner held on June 14, 2019 at the JW Marriott in Austin.

Founded in 1965 by attorneys determined to assist the public and improve the profession, the Texas Bar Foundation has become the largest charitably-funded bar foundation in the country. The Texas Bar Foundation relies on the contributions of its Fellows to improve the lives of Texans. To date, through the generosity of the Fellows, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $19 million in grants to numerous organizations across the state.

Election to the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a member of the State Bar of Texas, representing the top one-third of one percent of Texas attorneys. Selection is based on an outstanding record in the legal profession as well as proven commitment to support the community at large. For more information about the Texas Bar Foundation, please visit

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