S. Rafe Foreman
S. Rafe Foreman is the 2021 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award presented each year at the prestigious Educating Advocacy Teachers conference held at Stetson University School of Law.
Rafe, a partner in Hutchison & Foreman PLLC, has been representing people who have been wrongfully accused, discriminated against, and/or physically and emotionally injured, since 1988. He is a trial lawyer, consultant and professor, and he tries cases involving criminal defense, plaintiffs’ personal injury, civil rights, employment, discrimination, wrongful death, excessive force and 1983 actions. Rafe is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in the area of criminal law since 1994. He is licensed to practice law in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Missouri and has jury verdicts in each of these states, and has litigated cases in Louisiana, South Dakota, Colorado, California Washington, Florida and Arizona just to name a few. Susan Hutchison, his law partner, and Rafe have obtained many record setting jury verdicts throughout Texas and the throughout the country. Their most recent verdict was obtained in Dallas Federal Court in May of 2021, where they received a record verdict for their client, a 72-year-old man who was discriminated against based on gender. They have had multiple cases pending before the United States Supreme Court. Rafe has been voted as a SUPER LAWYER for many years in Texas.
Rafe is both a retired and current law professor. He has been on the Trial Lawyer’s College Faculty for 20 years and remains an adjunct Professor of Law at Stetson Law. Rafe retired from UMKC Law and the Douglas Stripp Endowed Chair in Advocacy after leading them to highest advocacy ranking in the school’s history. Rafe, along with Professor Tobin, created the only jury selection trial competition in the country known as the Show Me Challenge. He holds an undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and a law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law. Rafe is passionate about rectifying discrimination and has a few jury trials left in him yet. Parkinson’s may be his condition but it's not his story.