Sullivan says he received the 2013 Raven Award at an April 25 banquet held in Charlottesville, Va.
“It was a very nice and unexpected honor,” he says.
Sullivan says the Raven Society generally gives the award to people who have been active in the university and active in their professions. His activities on behalf of the University of Virginia include serving on the board of trustees that oversees the J. Schuyler Alland Scholarship and its endowment, Sullivan says. He says he also serves on the board for the Mead Foundation, which promotes small-group interaction between students and faculty.
Sullivan, a 1982 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, has a history of public service. He says he served as judge of the 80th District Court in Harris County from 2003 to 2006. In 2006, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott appointed him as first assistant attorney general, a post he held until 2008, Sullivan says. He says he was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to Houston’s 14th Court of Appeals in November 2008 and served on that court until November 2010.
After leaving the appeals court, he joined Sutherland as a partner, Sullivan says. He is head of the firm’s energy litigation team and a co-leader of its appellate practice.
— Mary Alice Robbins
Robbins is an Austin-based freelance writer and a former Texas Lawyer senior reporter.