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TCJL Files Amicus in Toyota Case

TCJL has filed an amicus curiae brief in a case pending at the Texas Supreme Court that threatens to undermine protective orders that guard a business’s sensitive confidential commercial information, including information identifying and disclosing details about their data base infrastructure. The case, In re Toyota Motor Sales (No. 19-0845), arose from a Dallas trial court’s decision…

Gov. Abbott Sets Date for Texas Special Runoff Elections 

Governor Greg Abbott today issued proclamations setting Tuesday, January 28, 2020 as the date for special runoff elections to fill three vacant Texas House District seats. The early voting period for these runoff elections will begin Monday, January 21, 2020. The following Texas House Districts are included in the special runoff election date: House…

Gov. Abbott Appoints Geoffrey Puryear to 460th Judicial District Court

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Geoffrey Puryear to the 460th Judicial District Court in Travis County for a term set to expire on December 31, 2020, or until his successor shall be duly elected and qualified. Geoffrey Puryear of Austin is an assistant district attorney for the Travis County District Attorney’s Office, and previously served as an…

U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (TX-13) Announces Retirement

Amarillo, Texas-- U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (TX-13) released the following statement: "It has been a great honor to serve the people of the 13th District of Texas as their congressman for the last 25 years.  They have given me opportunities to serve the nation in ways I could have never imagined, including as Chairman of the House Armed Services...

Texas Supreme Court Justice Jane Bland Takes Oath in Ceremony Today

The Texas Supreme Court’s newest justice, Jane Bland, will be sworn in by Gov. Greg Abbott at 3 p.m. today in a ceremony that will include former Justice Jeff Brown’s oath to become a new U.S. District Court judge in Galveston. Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht will administer Judge Brown’s oath. Gov. Abbott nominated Justice Bland, who served on Houston’s…

Gov. Abbott Sets HD 148 Special Election for Nov. 5th, 2019

Governor Greg Abbott today issued a proclamation announcing Tuesday, November 5, 2019 as the special election date to fill the Texas House of Representatives District 148 seat recently vacated by former Representative Jessica Farrar. Candidates who wish to have their names placed on the special election ballot must file their applications with…

Gov. Abbott Sets HD 28 Special Election For Nov. 5th, 2019

Governor Greg Abbott today issued a proclamation announcing Tuesday, November 5, 2019, as the special election date to fill the Texas House of Representatives District 28 seat to be vacated by former Representative John Zerwas. Candidates who wish to have their names placed on the special election ballot must file their applications with…

TCJL 2019 Legislators of the Year

TCJL is honored to recognize the following legislators for their outstanding service to the Texas civil justice system during the 2019 legislative session. Representative Jeff Leach (R-Plano). As Chair of the House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee, Representative Leach handled some of the most complex and important legislation of the session with patience, grace...

Gov. Abbott Appoints Tijerina To Thirteenth Court Of Appeals

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Jaime Tijerina to the Thirteenth Court of Appeals for a term set to expire on December 31, 2020, or until his successor shall be duly elected and qualified. Jaime Tijerina of McAllen is judge of the 464th Judicial District Court, and is the former judge of the 93rd Judicial District Court and former...

TCJL 2019 Session Report

The 86th Legislative Session began with a distinctly different tone than its predecessor. The November 2018 election registered voter dissatisfaction with an aggressively partisan approach that produced an overemphasis on social issues at the expense of addressing basic functions, primarily public education. The Lieutenant Governor narrowly won re-election, and if it hadn’t been for a special election in which a…

Lt. Gov. Patrick Announces 2021 Redistricting Committee

AUSTIN – Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced his appointments to the 2021 Redistricting Committee today. Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, will serve as Chair: “This critical committee is bipartisan and includes senators from every region of our state. Sen. Huffman is an exceptional and trusted leader in the Texas Senate and I am confident she and this committee will do the...

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