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Texas Supreme Court Justices Hear Oral Arguments at Sam Houston State University

David Moorman and Jacob Paschal attended a reception and dinner with the Texas Supreme Court Justices.  On March 2, 2017, the Texas Supreme Court Justices heard oral arguments at Sam Houston State University.  The night before the oral arguments, March 1, 2017, the Texas Supreme Court Justices attended a reception and dinner in Austin Hall with local judges and attorneys, as well as Sam Houston State University students and faculty.

The Reception

David Moorman is pictured visiting with Chief Justice Nathan Hecht, Cindy Pierce, Judge Pierce and President Hoyt.

Jacob Paschal is pictured above with Judge Farris, Judge Sorensen, Judge Pierce, and Alan Tinsley.

The photographs above are additional photographs from the reception.  Austin Hall was a great location for the event because it housed Austin College and Austin College had the first law school in Texas.

The Dinner

After the reception, everyone attended a dinner, which included remarks from Chief Justice Hecht.  The dinner and reception provided a wonderful opportunity to get better acquainted with the Texas Supreme Court Justices.  It appeared that everyone that attended enjoyed the night.

Texas Supreme Court Justices

The Texas Supreme Court is the court of last resort, or highest court, in Texas for civil matters.  The Court is comprised of nine Justices.  The current Justices on the Texas Supreme Court are: Chief Justice Nathan Hecht, Justice Paul Green, Justice Phil Johnson, Justice Don R. Willett, Justice Eva Guzman, Justice Debra Lehrmann, Justice Jeffrey Boyd, Justice John Devine, and Justice Jeff Brown.

The Justices are elected in state-wide elections and serve a six-year term.  In order to be a Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, you must be at least 35 years old, a citizen of Texas, licensed to practice law in Texas, and must have practiced law (or have been a lawyer and a judge of a court of record together) for at least ten years.  In addition to deciding cases that are appealed, the Texas Supreme Court sets forth the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure, and the Texas Rules of Evidence.

Oral Arguments

On March 2, 2017, the Texas Supreme Court Justices heard oral arguments in two different cases.  One case involved a wrongful termination claim by a heart surgeon and the other case involved an on the job injury.  Hearing oral arguments at Sam Houston State University, allowed the students and community members a special opportunity to see the highest judicial court in Texas at work.  Haney Paschal & Romoser, P.C. was excited to be part of this event.

If you need more information about the judicial system or legal issues, contact Haney Paschal & Romoser, P.C. at or at 936-295-3712.