|Name||Benjamin Hall, III|
Houston, Texas , United States
Mar 20, 2009 04:49pm
|Info||Benjamin Hall received his BA in Religious Studies (cum laude), in 1977. He went on to receive a M.Div (with honors) from Duke Divinity School and a Ph.D from Duke University Graduate School. Then in 1986, he graduated from Harvard Law School, where he was a Merrill Griswold Scholar. He was Fulbright/DAAD Scholar Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitat in Bonn, Germany from 19821-1982. He has received numerous academic awards, including: the Rockefeller Scholar award (1977-1978); the Duke Merit Scholar award (1977-1979); the Benjamin E. Mays Scholar award (1978-1979); Black Doctoral Dissertation Fellow (1982-83); and the NAACP "Alex" Award, among others. |
For six-years he was with the Houston law firm of Vinson & Elkins, where he was highly regarded for his expertise in insurance and local government law as well as his proficiency in other areas of concentration. As an expert litigator, he has been admitted to practice before a number of federal courts, including the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
He taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center as well as at the South Texas College of Law. For four years he was also a teaching fellow at Duke Divinity School (Durham, N.C.), where he taught: American Christianity; Twentieth Century Theological Thought; and Philosophical Theology. Hall has published a number of professional works on legal issues. But even there one can detect his strong ethical perspective in such titles as: "The Duty of Good Faith and Fair Dealing - Can it be Extended to Include Agents, Adjusters and Brokers".
In addition, he is a popular lecturer on a wide variety of topics ranging from insurance and legal issues to minority rights and ethics. Although many of his lecture topics deal with professional issues, you will also find in his resume such topics as: "The Struggle for Justice" and "Being a Lawyer in God's World".
Ben has gained a reputation for being a powerful litigator, described in one article about him as "intensely brilliant". In 2003 he won a $24 million settlement for the victims of a cross burning, which was listed in the top 100 settlements for the year by the legal website "Verdict Search". His largest settlement has been $45 million, awarded in a sexual assault case.
Benjamin is also an ordained minister, who has served the congregation of the Progressive Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ since 1974.
He has received the Outstanding Texan award three times: in 1993, 1995 and 1999. And the Texas House of Representatives passed a resolution honoring him for his outstanding service as the city attorney of Houston.