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Ambassador Robert W. Jordan to be Keynote Speaker at Philbin Awards

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 11:12 -- admin25

by Jessica D. Smith

The 32nd Dallas Bar Association annual Stephen Philbin Awards for Excellence in Legal Reporting will be held Monday, October 19, at noon at the Belo Mansion. Winners in various news categories will be announced at the luncheon.

The luncheon honors not only the local media, but also the memory of Stephen Philbin who lost his battle with leukemia in 1982. A long-time member of the Dallas Bar Association and a partner with Locke, Purnell, Boren, Laney & Neely, at the time of his death, Mr. Philbin was a leading authority on media law in Texas. In honor of Mr. Philbin, his family, acting through the Dallas Bar Foundation, funds the awards each year.

The keynote speaker at this year’s luncheon is U.S. Ambassador Robert W. Jordan, Diplomat in Residence and Adjunct Professor of Political Science in the John G. Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University. Ambassador Jordan served as U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia from 2001-2003. He took charge of his mission in the wake of the attacks of September 11 at a critical time in U.S.-Saudi relations. He was a partner in the Dallas office of the international law firm Baker Botts LLP and later headed the firm’s Middle East practice based in Dubai.

Ambassador Jordan is the author of Desert Diplomat, which provides a rare inside view of Saudi Arabia and the Middle East during the events following 9/11. Desert Diplomat was recently published and will be available for sale and signing at the luncheon.

Ambassador Jordan is Vice Chair of the Tower Center Board of Directors and of the Board of Governors of the Middle East Institute. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a past president the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations. He was president of the Dallas Bar Association in 1999. He is a member of the American Arbitration Association Commercial Panel of Arbitrators, the Panel of Distinguished Neutrals of the CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, and the London Court of International Arbitration. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Bilateral U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce

A graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law, Ambassador Jordan is a frequent commentator with international media including CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, Bloomberg and the New York Times.

DBA members may reserve seats now for the luncheon. To receive the early bird rate of $45 per ticket or $450 per table of 10, register by October 7. After October 7, tickets increase to $50; and tables of 10 can be purchased for $500. No walk-ins will be accepted. Purchase your ticket by logging on to or by contacting Judi Smalling at

Jessica D. Smith is the DBA’s Communications/Media Director. She can be reached at

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