Christine Albano (J.D. ’96) was recently given the prestigious Judge Sam Williams Award by the State Bar of Texas in honor of her guidance, her mentorship, and her substantial contribution to her law community. She received this award based on her record of superior service and the recommendation of the Collin County Young Lawyer’s Association.
This award recognizes individuals who have made a significant impact on law students: whose pro bono work and involvement in community organizations improve the public’s understanding of the legal system and the role of lawyers in that system. The award is given in honor of Judge Sam Williams, who served many years as the secretary of the Northeast Texas Bar Association with enthusiasm and professional pride.
During her time at UMKC’s School of Law, Albano was named Historian and, later, President of the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity. She was also active in the Kansas City community, serving as Liaison to the Commission on Homelessness and Poverty for the American Bar Association (ABA), Law Student Division.
In her extensive law career, Albano has been an active member of over twenty different legal organizations, including the ABA, the Texas Women Lawyer’s Association, and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. She’s authored journal articles and booklets on matrimonial law through several publications. Her other awards include the Service Star award, Outstanding Young Lawyer of Collin County, and the Atticus Finch Award for her pro bono work. Through it all, Albano continues to work on outreach programs for law students, locally and around the state of Texas.