Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Jeffrey S. Boyd of Austin as justice of the Texas Supreme Court effective Dec. 3, 2012, for a term to expire at the next general election.
"Jeff is a highly-respected attorney who has consistently excelled throughout his years of private practice, his terms of public service, and his leadership of important charitable organizations. His addition to the court will continue to protect the rule of law and further the tradition of defending the freedoms that Texans so vigorously uphold," Gov. Perry said. "He has earned my confidence, and the confidence of those he has worked with in all his endeavors, because he has a brilliant legal mind, he is committed to preserving the rule of law, and he strives every day to live a life of fairness, integrity and compassion. I know he will bring this same commitment to the Texas Supreme Court, and we will all be better for it."
Boyd currently serves as chief of staff for the Governor's Office, where he previously served as general counsel. He is a former senior partner in the Austin office of Thompson and Knight LLP, and previously served as Deputy Attorney General for Civil Litigation under Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and former Attorney General, and current U.S. Senator, John Cornyn. He is admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of Texas, U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and all U.S. District Courts in Texas. Boyd is also president of the Robert W. Calvert American Inn of Court, and a member of the State Bar of Texas, Travis County Bar Association and Texas Supreme Court Rules Advisory Committee.
Additionally, Boyd is past president of the board of Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, past chair of the board of Goodwill Industries of Central Texas, and a past board member of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas and Brentwood Christian School. He is also a past member of the State Bar of Texas Taskforce on Court Administration.
Boyd is a graduate of Round Rock High School, Abilene Christian University and the Pepperdine University School of Law.
Here is the link to Gov. Perry's press release: http://governor.state.tx.us/news/press-release/17906/