Austin lawyer Evan Young appointed to Texas Supreme Court

by: Patrick Svitek, Texas Tribune Posted: Nov 1, 2021 / 12:41 PM CDT / Up

(Texas Tribune) — Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday named Austin lawyer Evan Youthful to the Texas Supreme Courtroom.

He is a former clerk for the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and was counsel to attorneys basic underneath previous President George W. Bush. Now, he is effective as a husband or wife at Baker Botts in Austin, wherever he chairs its Supreme Courtroom and Constitutional Regulation Practice.

Younger replaces former Justice Eva Guzman, who resigned in June forward of a campaign for lawyer basic.

“Evan Younger is a confirmed lawful scholar and community servant, earning him an best select for the Supreme Courtroom of Texas,” Abbott claimed in a statement. “Evan’s comprehensive background in non-public practice and public provider will be a superb addition to the bench, and I am assured that he will faithfully defend the Constitution and uphold the rule of regulation for the men and women of Texas.”

Young is set to complete Guzman’s time period in Location 9 on the courtroom, which goes as a result of the finish of next calendar year. Position 9 is on the ballot next year.

Following clerking for Scalia, Younger went to function for the U.S. Justice Office, serving as counsel to two former lawyers basic, Alberto Gonzales and Michael Mukaskey. All through that period of time, he invested time in Iraq, helping with U.S. attempts to rebuild the government there.

Younger joined Baker Botts’ Austin workplace in 2009. Much more not too long ago, Abbott appointed Younger to the Texas Judicial Council, which oversees the courtroom process in Texas, and he presently serves on the Texas Supreme Court docket Advisory Committee.

Abbott’s business did not quickly respond to a ask for for remark on regardless of whether Younger would operate in the election up coming calendar year for a total term in Put 9. If he does, he previously has Republican most important opposition in David Schenck, a justice on the Dallas-based mostly Fifth Court docket of Appeals. Schenck previously introduced he was operating for the state Supreme Court docket seat, and he told The Texas Tribune immediately after the announcement of Young’s appointment that it does not changes his ideas.

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