Governor Abbott Appoints Larson Judge of 395th Judicial District

Governor Abbott Appoints Larson Judge of 395th Judicial District

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Ryan Larson of Hutto as judge of the 395th Judicial District Court in Williamson County for a term set to expire at the next general election in November 2016. Ryan Larson is the head administrative law judge at the Railroad Commission of Texas and previously served as an assistant attorney general in the Texas Attorney General’s Office. He is a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and a member of the State Bar of Texas, State Bar of California, The Federalist Society, Williamson County Bar Association and the Austin Bar Association. Additionally, he is a Bible school teacher at Hyde Park Baptist Church (The Quarries Church), past president of the Lookout at Brushy Creek Homeowner Association and a past volunteer of the Round Rock Area Serving Center. Larson received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Juris Doctor from Southwestern Law...

What’s in a name? Texas Supreme Court Races

by MARK PULLIAM January 4, 2016 1:41 PM Trial lawyers make a cynical play for the Texas Supreme Court, Place 9 This is another post on the races currently underway for three seats on the Texas Supreme Court. I have previously written about the race between incumbent Justice Debra Lehrmann and challenger Justice Michael Massengale for Place 3, and the potentially confusing race between incumbent Justice Paul W. Green and challenger Rick Green for Place 5. In this post I discuss the race between incumbent Justice Eva Guzman and challenger Joe Pool Jr. for Place 9. Why am I writing about this? First of all, I am a (retired) lawyer and legal blogger living in Texas, and the composition of the state supreme court — although sometimes overlooked — is very important to all Texans. Second, thanks to landmark tort-reform legislation passed in 2003, Texas’s legal system is widely regarded as the most business-friendly in the United States, a welcome respite from the rampant plaintiff-orientation so common elsewhere. Texas’s legal system, including its judiciary, is a national model. Third, elections in Texas have national implications. Texas is the nation’s most populous and consequential Red state: All statewide elected officials (including both U.S. senators) are Republican; both chambers of the state legislature are controlled by lopsided GOP majorities; and, due to its 38 electoral votes (second greatest of any state, trailing only California), Texas is an influential player in presidential politics. Home of Bush 41 and Bush 43, Texas boasts recent (former governor Rick Perry) and current (Senator Ted Cruz) presidential candidates. Unlike Las Vegas, what happens in Texas doesn’t...

Rick Green Announces Run for Supreme Court, Challenging Justice Paul Green

Editor’s note/disclosure:  Former Representative Rick Green is challenging incumbent Justice Paul Green in the Republican primary. Justice Paul Green (R) has served on the Court since 2004, and has been endorsed by Texas Civil Justice League PAC. Friends and Fellow Patriots, For months I’ve been approached by conservative leaders across Texas and asked to consider running for Texas Supreme Court. Honestly, I wasn’t very excited about it at first. I have a fantastic job and my family is loving the opportunity we have to live out the liberty that we are given. My family has been blessed with opportunities to travel across the country and teach Americans about the Constitution and our founding fathers. It doesn’t get much better than that. But as the calls continued, my children started reminding me of the principle I have taught them: that every generation is in desperate need of leaders willing to sacrifice convenience for the sake of liberty. Today we have a Supreme Court, both nationally and at times in Texas, which has ignored the rule of law, has trampled on marriage and has refused to stand for the very freedom upon which our nation was founded. The deliberate violation of separation of powers is a threat to the liberty we all cherish. It’s time to put a constitutional watchdog on the Supreme Court. I am answering the call today with my family by my side, excited about the challenge and opportunity ahead. I NEED your support. Will you consider endorsing our campaign today? The grassroots have risen up across our state and elected strong conservative leaders like Ted Cruz and Dan Patrick, we must continue...

Governor Abbott Appoints DeCoss Judge of 445th Judicial District Court

[Appointment] Governor Abbott Appoints De Coss Judge Of 445th Judicial District Court Governor Greg Abbott has appointed René De Coss of Rancho Viejo as judge of the 445th Judicial District Court in Cameron County for a term set to expire at the next general election in November 2016. René De Coss is a solo practitioner and currently serves as an associate municipal judge for the City of Brownsville. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and is a former member of the Cameron County Bar Association and Cameron County Criminal Defense Bar Association. De Coss received a Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor from Baylor...

Governor Greg Abbott appoints Missy Medary

http://gov.texas.gov/news/appointment/21563 Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Missy Medary of Corpus Christi presiding judge of the Fifth Administrative Judicial Region for a term set to expire four years from the date of qualification. Missy Medary is judge of the 347th Judicial District Court in Nueces County. She will continue to serve as judge of the 347th and will assume the additional responsibilities of overseeing the Fifth Administrative Judicial Region. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and life member of the Texas Bar Foundation. Additionally, she is a former board member of the Corpus Christi Young Lawyers Association and the Coastal Bend Women Lawyers Association, and she is a former director of the Corpus Christi Bar Association, the Commission on Children and Youth and the Children’s Advocacy Center. Medary received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Missouri and a Juris Doctor from California Western School of...

Governor Abbott Appoints Clemmer Judge Of 450th Judicial District Court

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Don Clemmer of Austin as judge of the 450th Judicial District Court in Travis County for a term set to expire at the next general election in November 2016. Governor Abbott made the appointment to fill a vacancy created by HB 3153, which passed during the 83rd Legislative Session. Don Clemmer is deputy general counsel in the Office of the Governor. Previously, he served as deputy attorney general for criminal justice in the Texas Attorney General’s Office and an assistant district attorney in Harris County. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas. Clemmer received a Bachelor of Science from The University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctor from the University of Houston School of Law....