Law students to honor alumna, benefactor Debbie Dudley Branson
Posted on April 9, 2011
The Women’s Law Student Association will honor University of Arkansas School of Law graduate Debbie Dudley Branson with its highest honor at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 28, 2011, at the Wine Cellar in Fayetteville. The event is free and open to the legal community.
Branson will be presented with the Gayle Pettus Pontz Award, given to female graduates and members of the law school community who best represent the accomplishments of women in the legal profession. Past recipients of the award include Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and law professor Mary Beth Matthews. Branson will receive the award from last year’s recipient, Donna Pettus, former president of the Arkansas Bar Association.
Branson is a 1980 graduate of the School of Law, where she earned the Distinguished Law Student Award. She is a fourth generation lawyer. A member of the trial team at the Law Offices of Frank L. Branson, P.C. since 1983, Branson is one of the most celebrated trial attorneys in the nation, having served as past president of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, as well as acting chair of the Board of Trustees and chair of the Budget Committee of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation. She was vice-chair of the List Committee and a member of the List Advisory Committee of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.
As an engaged member of civic, community and political organizations, she has served in such capacities as president of the Dallas Women’s Foundation, secretary of the Executive Committee of Planned Parenthood and Texas chair of the Women’s Leadership Forum for the Democratic National Committee.
Branson’s experience at the School of Law and her commitment to civic service led her to establish the Judge Robert H. Dudley Endowed Scholarship in honor of her father, a 1958 graduate of the law school and former Arkansas Supreme Court justice.