The Judicial Section has had a productive year. Activities included launching a redesigned website, providing financial assistance through the Texas Bar Foundation for lawyers affected by
Hurricane Harvey, and preparing for the next legislative session. The redesigned website launched this spring with improved features, such as providing keyword-searchable access to over 250 newly updated judicial ethics opinions, a legislative page with the latest updates along with the “Find a Judge” directory. Even in this non-legislative year, the section’s Legislative Committee, chaired by Hon. Alfonso Charles, remains active, monitoring interim legislative charges that pertain to the judiciary and working hard on the issue of judicial compensation. The committee provided testimony during a recent Judicial Compensation Commission meeting, and the section will continue to work with the commission, legislators, and other entities involved in this important issue. Lastly, the section continued some of its annual traditions by honoring former Texas Supreme Court justice and current judge of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, Thomas M. Reavley, with the Lifetime Achievement Award and sponsoring the Bench Bar Breakfast at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting.
-Hon. Jennifer Rymell, 2018 Chair