Named for First Amendment author President James Madison, the award is presented each year to those who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to upholding the principles of the First Amendment. Mr. Baggett was recognized for his work in fighting for open government and the First Amendment.
In presenting the award, Mr. Watler said that Texans are fortunate to have Baggett fighting for the public’s right to know what its government is up to.
A past recipient of the James Madison Award, Mr. Watler has a long history of advancing the Foundation’s mission. He served as president in 1996–99 and remains on the Foundation’s board of directors.
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Mr. Watler focuses his legal practice on complex commercial and media litigation. He has been named by Texas Lawyer magazine as the “Go To” lawyer for media litigation in Texas, placing him among an elite group of the state’s top 29 lawyers across all practice areas. Mr. Watler has also been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1995, has been named one of the 250 Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine; and has been named a “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters annually since 2003.