The Texas Supreme Court’s second-longest serving jurist, Justice Paul Green, will step down on August 15 after 15 years of distinguished service to the judiciary and people of Texas. On behalf of the League and its members, we wish to express our profoundest gratitude to Justice Green for his wisdom, scholarship, integrity, and intellect. Though we will sorely miss his steady hand and dedication to the rule of law, we congratulate Justice Green on a job well done and wish him all the best in the next phase of his life.


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He plans to step down August 31

Justice Paul W. Green, who joined the Texas Supreme Court in January 2005, has announced his intent to retire at the end of August after more than 15 years on the Court.

Justice Green is the Court’s second in seniority. He was elected in November 2004 after serving 10 years on the San Antonio Court of Appeals.

His term ends December 31, 2022. Gov. Greg Abbott will choose his successor.

He notified the Court staff earlier with a statement: “It is a decision filled with competing sentiments, mostly in the fact that I feel very close to all of you and will miss you every day after I leave. … I hope to see you soon. In person!”

“In Paul Green’s more than 15 years’ service on the Supreme Court,” Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht said, “he has consistently provided steady, insightful and wise counsel to his colleagues and to the judiciary – and certainly to me in his role for the past seven years as senior justice. To say he will be missed is an understatement for someone who has given a lifetime of dedication to the profession and to public service.”

Green, a San Antonio native, earned his business degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1974 and his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 1977. After law school, Justice Green, a third-generation lawyer, joined his father in a mid-sized litigation practice and remained there for 17 years until he was elected to the Court of Appeals in 1994.

During his career as a lawyer, Justice Green served as president of the San Antonio Bar Association, director of the State Bar of Texas, and as a member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association. He is a member of The American Law Institute and is also a Life Fellow of the Austin, San Antonio, Texas and American bar foundations. Justice Green has been honored by St. Mary’s University Law School as a distinguished law graduate, and as a recipient of the Rosewood Gavel Award for achievement in the judiciary.

Justice Green was re-elected in 2016, and his current term ends December 31, 2022.

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