M. Heiskell
L. Clifford Davis
David M. Patin, Jr.
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Admitted:1949, Arkansas; 1953, Texas

Law School: Howard University, J.D., 1949.

PracticeAreas: Probate Law; Real Estate Law.

College:Philander Smith College, B.A., 1945; Atlanta University, Graduate Studies in Economics, 1946. 

Memberships:State Bar of Texas; Supreme Court of the United States; United States Court ofAppeals Fifth and Eighth Circuits; Life Member, National Bar Association; TexasBar Foundation Fellow; College of the State Bar of Texas; and Tarrant County and Ft. Worth/Tarrant County Black Bar Associations. 

Biography:Senior District Judge, Tarrant County, 1994 - 2003; District Judge, 1989 -1996; Of Counsel, Johnson, Vaughn & Heiskell, 1989 - present; Judge,Criminal District No. 2, 1983 - 1988; General Practitioner of Law, 1953 - 1983,2003 - present; Military Service 1954-1955; Assistant Professor of Business, Paul Quinn College, Waco, Texas, 1952-1954; General Practioner of Law, Arkansas,1949-1952; worked with the late Justice Thurgood Marshall on the landmark case,"Brown vs. Board of Education, Topeka, Kansas." Successfully litigated the case to integrate the Mansfield Independent School District in Mansfield, Tarrant County, Texas; filed the federal lawsuit to integrate the Fort Worth Independent School District; opened the first African American law office in Texas; organized the Fort Worth Black Bar Association. 

 Honors and Recognitions: Silver Gavel Award, Tarrant County Bar Association, 1997; KRLD Radio Appreciation for Community Service Award, 1996; Marion Brooks' Living Legend Award, 1995; Outstanding Achiever Award of Philander Smith UniversityAlumni Association, 1994; "Living Legend in the Law" presented by the Junior Black Academy of Arts and Letters, 1994; 2007 Inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame. Named a "Legal Legend" from Eclipse Magazine in2007.