by Joan P. Nye
The Dallas Lawyers Auxiliary recognizes Jerry N. Jordan as the 31st winner of the Justinian Award. This award is given annually to an attorney in recognition of community and philanthropic service. There can be no one more qualified to receive this award than Jerry N. Jordan.
Jerry graduated Highland Park High School at age of 16. He attended Vanderbilt University and Southern Methodist University Law School. Upon graduation he chose to stay in Dallas and joined the prestigious firm of Turner, Rodgers, Winn, Scurlock &Terry as a civil practice attorney. As a generalist he represented computer companies, commercial real estate, manufacturing and the oil and gas industry. In 1983 he left to form the firm of Jordan, Dunlap & Prather located in Preston Center where he practiced until he retired in 2001. Jerry earned a reputation as a competent attorney in court and a gentleman in the legal community. For most people having a 50-year law practice and raising a family would have been a full life, but for our 2013 Justinian Winner this was just the first half of his story.
Now in retirement, Jerry continues to serve our community by volunteering as an ambassador for The Dallas Committee for International Visitors Association. This is an organization that coordinates with the U.S. State Department to provide exchanges between professionals from all over the world to share ideas. Over 400 people from more than 50 countries have visited Dallas to learn about our court system and legal procedures. Jerry has served this organization for 50 years acting as a teacher, mentor, host or friend.. Jerry has welcomed judges, attorneys and diplomats from as far away as China, Khartoum, Ukraine, Nigeria, Jordan, Korea, Belgium, Malaysia, Morocco, Pakistan, Thailand, France, Arabia, Argentina, Netherlands, Bosnia and New Zealand. Jerry says he has learned to realize that the commonality of people is much greater than their differences. In recognition of this work Jerry was awarded a solid Gold Star from the National Council of International Visitors which has only been awarded to five people previously.
Over the years Jerry has been involved with many other social, philanthropic and religious organizations, including First Vice President of the Dallas Bar Association, the Dallas Bar Foundation as both Director and Secretary Treasurer, the Dallas Committee for International Visitors, the North Texas Council for International Visitors, North Texas Legal Aide Association, Toast Masters, Boy Scouts, Suicide Prevention of Dallas, Dallas Soroptimist Club, Dallas Community Theater, City of University Park and Highland Park Presbyterian Church.
Jerry resides in Dallas, and is happily married to his wife Mary who he met on a blind date while stationed at Edwards Air force base 57 years ago. He has 2 daughters—Jill Jordan and Jan Altman, and is blessed with five grandchildren: Linkon, Austin, Jordan, Alison and Andrew.
Jerry joins a prestigious group of Justinian Award recipients, including Louis A. Bedford Jr., Michael M. Boone, George Bramblett, Sam P. Burford, Jr., Adelfa B. Callejo, George W. Coleman, Marshal J. Doke Jr., Edward J. Drake, Henry Gilcrist, Don Glendenning,G. Michael Gruber, Al Ellis, Vester T. Hughes, Darrell Jordan, Ron Kirk, John Andrew Martin, P. Mike McCullough , Harriet, E. Miers, Forrest Smith, Sidney Stahl, Robert Hyer Thomas, and T. Michael Wilson.
Please make plans to honor Jerry as he received the 31th Justinian Award at 11:45 am on Wednesday, April 24, in the Pavilion at the Belo Mansion. Author and attorney, Talmage Boston will be the keynote speaker.
Joan P. Nye is a member of the Dallas Lawyers Auxiliary. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.