Tuesday, August 2, 2005
Texas Wesleyan contracts prof Joe Spurlock has been presented with Mongolian Government’s highest award, the Medal of Friendship, for his work in training the Mongolian judiciary. He’s the first foreign lawyer to receive the award, which was presented by Chief Justice Ganbat of the Mongolian Supreme Court at a dinner in June.
Spurlock has been working with Mongolian judges since 2000, and runs TWU’s Asian Judicial Institute, which provides annual training in Fort Worth to members of the judiciary. He received a B.A. from Texas A&M University, a J.D. from the University of Texas, and an LL.M.from the University of Virginia.
Spurlock worked as an aide to former Governor Dolph Briscoe before serving in the Texas House of Representatives, and later as a trial judge, before serving as a Justice of the Texas Court of Appeals. He’s twice been named TWU's professor of the year, and in 1992-93 was Delta Theta Phi’s Outstanding Faculty Member in the United States.