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Volume 68, Issue 132, Monday, April 14, 2003

Arts & Entertainment
 

'Justice' star given UH award 

By Jaime Guillory
The Daily Cougar

Judge Larry Doherty, star of the nationally syndicated show Texas Justice, was honored by the Houston Alumni Organization with a Distinguished Service Award in the University Hilton on Friday night.

The black-tie dinner honored nine distinguished alumni, including Houston Independent School District Superintendent Kathryn "Kaye" Stripling. HAO also paid a special tribute to UH System Chancellor and President Arthur K. Smith and his wife June D. Smith for their support of UH. President Smith will retire after this year. The Smiths are HAO members. 

Doherty and his wife Joanne, both of whom received awards are UH-educated attorneys. They were given the awards for their commitment and contributions to the Universityis advancement. Their commitment is illustrated in their endowment of the Larry and Joanne Doherty Chair in Legal Ethics, established at the UH Law Center. 


Judge Larry Doherty, star of the nationally syndicated show Texas Justice, was honored by the Houston Alumni Organization with a Distinguished Service Award in the University Hilton Friday night.
Photo courtesy of Robin Lawson

"A gift is not complete until it is returned," said Doherty in a video tribute prior to the receipt the award. 

"Larry and Joanne have done things that I found consistently maintained the profession and community," said Law Center professor John Mixon.

The Dohertys received the award from the eveningis master of ceremonies, Judge Eric Andell, who is deputy undersecretary for the U.S. Department of Educationis Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools.

"The first honor came when they let me in and kept the door open so I could go to law school. Otherwise the butcheris son wouldnit have had the opportunity to return the gift," said Doherty when accepting the award. Joanne Doherty said it was an honor to receive the award. 

Doherty received his juris doctorate from UH in 1970. He is board certified in probate and estates, and he still practices law with Doherty Long Wagner, LLP, of which he is a senior partner.

Joanne Doherty obtained her law degree in 1985. 

On Texas Justice, Larry Doherty presides as arbitrator and makes legally binding decisions in civil cases. His bailiff, William M. Bowers, often has to step in and calm things down. 

The courtroom is decorated with cacti and ceiling fans and audience members can voice their opinions about the dayis cases at the end of the show. He has presided on shows titled "Severed Finger on the Job," "The Case of the Dissed Dancer" and "Judge Larry Joe Plays Basketball with NBA's Robert Reid."

Texas Justice airs at 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. Monday through Friday on KRIV.

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