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.

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Ambassador Ron Kirk, former U.S. Trade Representative in the Obama Administration, will give the keynote address at this year's John Hemphill Dinner.

As a member of President Obama’s Cabinet from 2009 to 2013, Ambassador Kirk was the

President’s principal trade advisor, negotiator, and spokesperson on trade issues. Prior to that,  he served in various state and local government positions, including Texas

Secretary of State and Mayor of Dallas.

Since leaving his Cabinet post last year,  Ambassador Kirk has served as Senior of Counsel in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's Dallas and Washington, D.C. offices.

The Hemphill Dinner, which is the Society's major fundraising event, is scheduled for Friday, June 6, at  the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin.

To purchase tickets, go to the link below or

contact the Society's office at tschs@sbcglobal.net, 512/481-1840.


Briefing Attorneys Breakfast

The annual breakfast for briefing attorneys will be held on Saturday morning, June 7, at the UT Austin Alumni Center. To buy tickets, visit



Released in January 2014

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art and science of judicial decision-making—many of them unpublished until now—are gems of legal writing.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. 3, no. 3, Spring 2014

Published in March, this issue of

the Society's e-journal includes an

article on Republic Judge R.E.B. Baylor by  former Chief Justice Tom Phillips and Professor Jim Paulsen;  the second half of Bill Chriss’s oral history interview with Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson; an article by Bill Ogden on his great grandfather Judge Wesley Ogden’s exile during the Civil War; and an article by Colbert N. Coldwell on his great grandfather Colbert Coldwell’s Supreme Court  service during Reconstruction.

Download 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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