Hecht, Brown sworn in to Supreme Court The Supreme Court of Texas held a formal investiture ceremony Nov. 11 at the Texas Capitol to swear in a new chief justice and a new member of the court. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia administered the ceremonial oath to longtime state Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht, whom Gov. Rick Perry appointed Oct. 1 to succeed retiring Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson. Scalia, who is responsible for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which includes Texas, also swore in Justice Jeff Brown, a former Houston appeals court justice appointed to fill the seat Hecht vacated. Following the ceremony, the State Bar of Texas hosted a reception at the Texas Law Center. UNT Dallas College of Law celebrates Pope library donation Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht joined former chief justices, state political leaders, and UNT Dallas College of Law faculty on Oct. 28 to celebrate retired Chief Justice Jack Pope’s gift of more than 300 books to the school. Pope, who turned 100 this year, donated his personal law library to the new law school, which will seat its first class in the fall of 2014. The collection includes signed copies of his personal set of South Western Reporters spanning 1950 to 1985, when he served on the San Antonio Court of Civil Appeals and the Supreme Court of Texas, the college announced at a luncheon in Austin. “I was proud of my library before I started giving it away,” Pope told the assembled group, which included retired Chief Justices Wallace B. Jefferson and Thomas Phillips and UNT Dallas College of Law Founding Dean Royal Furgeson. More than 425 attend Texas Minority Counsel Program The 21st Annual Texas Minority Counsel Program attracted more than 425 attorneys to Irving from Nov. 6 to Nov. 8 for a variety of CLE programs, networking events, and interviews for outside counsel positions. The program, designed to expand and increase opportunities for minority and women attorneys, featured a keynote address from State Bar of Texas President Lisa M. Tatum, who spoke on the importance of a diverse workforce, and a Supreme Court update from recently retired Texas Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson and his brother, Haynes and Boone partner Lamont A. Jefferson. Wallace Jefferson also accepted the TMCP Lifetime Achievement Award for his accomplishments during his 12 years on the court as a justice and as chief justice. American Airlines senior attorney Michelle Peak received the Corporate Counsel of the Year Award, while State Bar of Texas Director Laura Gibson, a partner with Ogden, Gibson, Broocks, Longoria & Hall, accepted the Trailblazer Outside Counsel of the Year Award. Chicago attorney Laurel G. Bellows, immediate past president of the American Bar Association, presented a CLE program on gender equity in the legal profession. Above, from left: TMCP 2013 award winners Michelle Peak, senior attorney at American Airlines, and Laura Gibson, a partner with Ogden, Gibson, Broocks, Longoria & Hall.
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