Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Honors Dallas Attorney Chad West - The DICTA
June 20, 2012
DAYL Honors Award Recipients June 2012 by Sarah Lynn Rogers
Each year, the DAYL has the privilege of recognizing an Outstanding Young Lawyer, an Outstanding Mentor, and a Liberty Bell Award recipient at the Dallas Bar Association?’s Law Day Luncheon. On May 4, 2012, the DAYL was honored to recognize the commitment made to the American system of justice and the Dallas community by each of this year?’s award recipients: Chad West, The Honorable Martin J. Hoffman, and Bette Buschow.
Outstanding Young Lawyer The 2012 Outstanding Young Lawyer, Chad West, is a partner of Khirallah West, PC, where he focuses his practice on serious injury and criminal defense. Mr. West is a 2006 graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law, where he was awarded the Law Student Professionalism Award by the State Bar of Texas in both 2004 and 2005. After law school, Mr. West clerked for The Honorable Terrie Livingston at the Court of Appeals in Fort Worth, Texas. Despite his relatively few years of practice, Mr. West has been consistently recognized as a true rising star by those in his community.
In 2012, Thomson Reuters and Texas Monthly recognized Mr. West as a ?“Texas Super Lawyers ?– Rising Star.?” In addition, readers of the Dallas Voice and Oak Cliff People recognized Mr. West as a ?“Best Criminal Attorney?” in 2011 and 2012. In addition to his legal accomplishments, Mr. West?’s actions exemplify the concept of being a servant leader. Be- fore attending law school, Mr. West served as a Medical Service Corps officer in the U.S. Army, including duty in Bosnia. He received four medals during his tenure in the U.S. Army. Since graduating from law school, Mr. West has immersed himself in community service, including serving as the Founder of an annual fund-raising 5K race, Dash for the Beads. (www.dashforthebeads.org). All proceeds from that race support local businesses in the Oak Cliff community, which Mr. West has made it his mission to improve.
Mr. West has also made significant contributions to the legal profession through his work on behalf of his clients, paid and unpaid. Mr. West has donated countless hours as a volunteer at the Free Legal Advice Clinic for U.S. veterans and their families at the Dallas VA Medical Center. Mr. West has also served as Co-Chair of the Leadership Committee of Lambda Legal, a national organization dedicated to civil rights work for the LGBT community and those with HIV. In that role, he has co-chaired the Landmark Dinner, an annual fundraising gala that has raised over $200,000 in sup- port of Lambda Legal?’s groundbreaking civil rights work in just two years. Due to a prior out-of-town engagement, Mr. West was unable to accept the award during the Law Day Luncheon. He will be presented with the award during an event later this year.