Judge David L. Evans ’71 wanted to quietly close out his meteoric law career. However, his colleagues had a different idea. On paper, the third-generation Aggie is a former lawyer with more than two decades of private practice experience and nearly two decades as a state district judge in Tarrant County. However, to his friends and colleagues, Evans is the embodiment of a true Aggie lawyer and leader.
"David understands the respect lawyers and judges are supposed to show one another,” said Evans’ colleague, Neal Adams ’68. As a lawyer, Evans was known for arriving at his firm before 6 a.m. Beyond the firm, he prosecuted lawyers accused of misconduct as the former chair of the Commission for Lawyer Discipline. He also mentored many lawyers and judges throughout the state.
To honor his dedication to the legal profession and the pursuit of justice, Adams and U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman ’97 spearheaded the creation of a Dean’s Endowed Scholarship in his name to support students at Texas A&M University’s School of Law. More than 60 lawyers and law firms across the state have committed support, allowing Evans’ legacy to live on for generations.
“I am humbled beyond words to have this scholarship and help law students pursue their careers in a meaningful way,” Evans said.