Sharon Reuler – Recognitions
Welcome to the plaque-lined walls of my virtual office. Move your cursor across the plaques to get a closer look at “medals” for 20+ years of volunteer duty in the service of continuing legal education. If we were standing in my office, you might ask about one or another of the awards, perhaps just to make polite conversation. For the curious, there's background information in the hyperlinks below.
Standing Ovation Award by TexasBarCLE
The Standing Ovation Award is presented annually (since 2007) by the staff of the State Bar’s Continuing Legal Education Department to acknowledge dedicated CLE volunteers with whom the TexasBarCLE staff particularly enjoys working. Sharon was completely surprised as one of six honorees in 2012 - the 36th attorney ever to receive the award. In making the Award, State Bar CLE Director Pat Nestor described Sharon as being always accessible and responsive to staff, adding "The TexasBarCLE staff have high praise for your kind and caring personality, as well as your great sense of humor." Sharon cherishes this heartfelt recognition above all others she has received, and proudly displays the handsome cobalt blue crystal obelisk that accompanies the Award.
AV by Martindale-Hubbell
Sharon Reuler has an “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell – the highest rating attainable. AV Preeminent is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.
The Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Ratings system is based on the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary, including both those who are rated and those who are not. Martindale Hubbell representatives conduct personal interviews to discuss lawyers under review with other members of the Bar. A compilation of these opinions from various sources is necessary to form a consensus, and lawyers under review are sometimes asked to provide professional references to assist with the process. In addition, confidential questionnaires are sent to lawyers and judges in the same geographic location and/or area of practice as the lawyer being rated. Members of the Bar are instructed to assess their colleague’s legal ability and general ethical standards.
There are two components to each Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rating – Legal Ability and General Ethical Standards. Legal Ability Ratings are: C – Good to High B – High to Very High A – Very High to Preeminent. The General Ethical Standards Rating denotes adherence to professional standards of conduct and ethics, reliability, diligence and other criteria relevant to the discharge of professional responsibilities. The General Recommendation Rating is: V – Very High. A lawyer will not receive a Legal Ability Rating unless he or she has been endorsed for a “V.” When both categories of Peer Review Ratings are confirmed, a lawyer receives an CV, BV or AV Rating.
All Ratings are positive indicators of an attorney’s ethics and professional stature. The CV is a good first rating for lawyers and a definitive statement of their above average ability and unquestionable ethics. The BV is an excellent rating for an attorney with more experience. An AV rating is a significant accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.
Founded in 1978, the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL) is the premier nationwide professional organization of attorneys who work in the field of real estate law. Admission is by invitation only after a rigorous screening process. ACREL’s distinguished, nationally known lawyers have been elected to fellowship for their outstanding legal ability, experience and high standards of professional and ethical conduct in the practice of real estate law. ACREL seeks to promote high standards and ethics for real estate lawyers, as well as improve and reform real estate practice. Areas of real estate law include real estate transactions, disputes in real estate contracts, issues of ownership and tenancy, insurance issues, bankruptcy issues, and land use. The organization seeks to continually inform its members of developments and issues within the real estate practice. ACREL also publishes educational materials available to the public and to the rest of the Bar on matters pertaining to real estate law. The organization also sometimes participates in policy discussions.
Texas Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state by state basis. In Texas, the annual list is published in October by Texas Monthly in a Texas Super Lawyers edition of the magazine. The final published list represents no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state.
Super Lawyers recognizes excellence in the law using a rigorous, multiphase selection process that includes peer nominations, evaluation of attorneys on twelve separate indicators of professional achievement and peer recognition, and a final peer evaluation by other lawyers within one’s practice area. The objective is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel.
The first Super Lawyers list was published in 1991 and by 2009 the rating service had expanded nationwide. In February 2010 Super Lawyers was acquired by Thomson Reuters the world’s leading source of intelligent information for business and professionals. All attorneys selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers, regardless of year, can be found on superlawyers.com.
Best Women Lawyers in Dallas
Sharon Reuler was recognized by D Magazine as one of 126 Best Women Lawyers in Dallas for 2010. In its May 2010 issue, D Magazine launched its inaugural list of peer nominated superlative women attorneys in Dallas, Texas. Sharon is one of only 12 awardees in the category of Commercial Real Estate.
Best Speaker of 2010
And the “Best Speaker Award” goes to . . . Sharon Reuler for her presentation of “The Texas POA Primer – Tips for Working with Condominium and Homeowner Associations” at the 2010 Advanced Real Estate Law Course. No one was more surprised than Sharon when the announcement made at the awards luncheon during the State Bar’s 2011 Advanced Real Estate Law Course.
The award is given annually to the speaker who receives the highest marks from lawyers attending the previous year’s course who evaluate the speakers. Sharon was one of 50 attorneys presenting papers at the 2010 Advanced Real Estate Law Course. This is the first time Sharon has received the award.
The Best Speaker Award is one of two Sharon received at the 2011 luncheon. The written article she co–presented at the 2010 Course also garnered a top award. If not the first time, it is one of the few times that the two awards – Best Paper and Best Speaker – were given to the same person in one year.
The Texas POA Primer ~ Tips for Working with Condominium and Homeowner Associations ~ is an updated and expanded version of the Primers Sharon presented at State Bar Courses in 1998 and 2001. The Primer’s new features include 9 Steps to POA Decision Making, a discussion of “power tripping” in the context of property owners associations, several sets of frequently–asked–questions, and a summary of Texas cases dealing with HOAs during the 2006–2009 period. Houston attorney Roy Hailey co–authored and co–presented The Texas POA Primer with Sharon.
Jerry Saegert Best Paper of 2010
Dallas attorney Sharon Reuler and Houston attorney Roy Hailey share the Jerry Charles Saegert Award for “Best CLE Paper” for “The Texas POA Primer – Tips for Working with Condominium and Homeowner Associations,” which they co authored and co presented at the 2010 Advanced Real Estate Law Course, sponsored by the State Bar of Texas. The award was presented on July 7, 2011 at the annual awards luncheon held during the Law Course.
The Texas POA Primer is designed for a Texas attorney who is relatively inexperienced in representing mandatory membership property owners associations, or representing homeowners with grievances against their associations. Unlike many articles written by lawyers, the Primer is consumer friendly – full of practical advice, checklists, frequently asked questions, and “top tens.” Among the Primer's many tools, lawyers in particular will appreciate the survey of Texas HOA cases published in the 2006 2009 period, and a bibliography of 55 HOA specific articles that can be obtained from the State Bar's On Line Library.
The Best CLE Paper award is given annually by the Course planning committee to the article they consider to be the best from the previous year's course. The committee had 45 articles from which to choose. This is Sharon's first time to receive the prestigious award, Roy's second time.
The “Best Paper” award honors the memory of Austin attorney Jerry Charles Saegert, who was a dynamic proponent of continuing legal education for Texas real estate lawyers, until his untimely death in 2001 at the age of 54. In addition to being a frequent and popular speaker, Jerry regularly served on planning committees for real estate CLE courses, and chaired the State Bar's Advanced Real Estate Law Course and Advanced Real Estate Drafting Course. He also chaired the State Bar's Continuing Legal Education Committee, which serves all practice areas. He was a posthumous recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the State Bar Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section.
In accepting the award, Sharon credited Jerry Saegert for getting her involved with continuing legal education when she was only seven years out of law school. “I am the beneficiary of Jerry's commitment to diversity. He created opportunities for women and minorities to be more visible within the real estate bar. He invited me to speak at seminars and to serve on planning committees. Receiving a CLE award named for my mentor is very meaningful for me.”
The Best Paper Award is one of two Sharon received at the 2011 luncheon. If not the first time, it is one of the few times that the two awards Best Paper and Best Speaker were given to the same person.
Weatherbie Workhorse Award
The Weatherbie Workhorse Award is given annually at the State Bar’s Advanced Real Estate Law Course to one attorney who – for years, even decades – has been a stalwart of continuing legal education for the Texas real estate attorneys without seeking – or receiving – recognition for his or her contributions. The award recognizes an attorney who quietly and consistently makes quality contributions to continuing legal education of the Real Estate Bar ~ a volunteer speaker and author on whom course planners have come to depend. The Weatherbie Workhorse Award is named after Dallas attorney David Weatherbie, a volunteer extraordinaire, who for years masterfully presented the annual real estate case law update with style and humor, often repeating his presentations at local bar associations around the State, as well as at the State Bar’s annual advanced programs. Sharon received the award in 2004.