Mission Statement

The Texas Supreme Court Historical Society is a

nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to the

collection and preservation of papers, photographs,

and significant artifacts relating to the Supreme Court

of Texas, the appellate courts, and Texas judicial history.

WELCOME to our website! We hope you will find information of both historical and current interest in our pages. Please return often—and consider becoming a member of our organization.



The 2015 John Hemphill Dinner is scheduled for Friday, September 11, 2015, at the Austin Four Seasons Hotel. The keynote speaker will be the Honorable John Cornyn, United States Senator for Texas.

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Common Law Judge:

Selected Writings of Chief Justice

Jack Pope of Texas

Edited by Marilyn P. Duncan

Chief Justice Jack Pope is widely acknowledged in the legal community as one of the Texas judiciary’s  brightest stars. During his 38 years

on the bench, he not only authored more than one thousand opinions,  many of them landmark cases, but he also led the charge to bring about fundamental reforms in the judicial system.

CJ Pope’s articles, lectures, and essays on the common law and the

art and science of judicial decision-making—many of them unpublished until now—are gems of legal writing. This book, which includes the best of those writings as well as excerpts from 10 of his landmark Civil Appeals Court and Supreme Court opinions, is a must-read for Texas attorneys and judges as well as others interested in the evolution of Texas law.

The book is available to TSCHS members at a special discounted

price of $20, including sales tax.

Order here!


Also available:

The Texas Supreme Court:

A Narrative History, 1836-1986

by James L. Haley

In the first book-length history of the Texas Supreme Court in almost 100 years, award-winning author James L. Haley tells the story of the Court from its Republic frontier through the volatile decades of the 20th century. The book, published by the University of Texas Press in 2013, is the premier volume

in the Scoiety-sponsored Texas Legal Studies Series.

Order now!



Journal of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society

Vol. 4, no. 3, Spring 2015

This issue of the Society's online Journal 

focuses on the Texas Constitution--its history, external influences, and influences.

Download the issue by clicking on the link below. The pdf is best viewed using IE, Chrome, or Safari, or by downloading the file to your desktop and viewing it with Adobe Reader.




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