The Hemphill Dinner is an important event for the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, and one that our members look forward to as a highlight of the year. In May, the Society announced plans to hold the Hemphill Dinner in person on Friday, September 3, 2021. At that time, there was a real hope of a steady and measured return to a semblance of normalcy.
Unfortunately, as we draw closer to September, cases of COVID across Texas are again rising dramatically. While we are eager to get together in person, we appreciate the need to balance this desire with the health and safety of the bench, bar, staff, and dinner guests.
So, after careful consideration of the options available, the Society has elected to postpone the Hemphill Dinner to Friday, December 3, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. Our hope is that by December, the circumstances will have changed to enable us to proceed with a carefully planned in-person dinner that is safe for all.
Thank you on behalf of the Society, its officers, and the Board of Trustees, for the overwhelming support the Society has received during the past several months as we’ve adapted to the challenges presented by the ongoing pandemic. We have and we will continue to find new ways to continue the Society’s traditions in spite of these challenging circumstances.
We look forward to seeing you in December.

THE HEMPHILL DINNER IS SOLD OUT!! Please contact Mary Sue Miller at to be placed on a wait list.


Friday, December 3, 2021


Four Seasons Hotel Austin
98 San Jacinto Blvd.,
Austin, Texas 78701


7:00 p.m.

SPEAKER: Lisa Blatt
Veteran U.S. Supreme Court Practitioner and
Former Clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Presentation of Chief Justice Jack Pope Professionalism Award
Presentation of Texas Supreme Court Historical Society President’s Award
For more program information visit our website:
GUESTS: Members of the Court and their spouses are guests of the Society.

HEMPHILL SPONSORSHIP (2 Tables, 6 VIP Guests) - $10,000
POPE SPONSORSHIP (1 Table, 2 VIP Guests) - $5,000


AMICUS SPONSORSHIP (2 Dinner Guests) - $1,000


There are only 204 seats available at the dinner this year.


Contact Mary Sue Miller, Administrative Coordinator
TSCHS Office (512) 481-1840; email -

The 26th Annual John Hemphill Dinner will be held live on Friday, December 3, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. with certain precautions and restrictions in place, including limiting the number of attendees.

The keynote speaker this year is Ms. Lisa Blatt, “SCOTUS Legend” and veteran U.S. Supreme Court practitioner. Lisa Blatt serves as Chair of Williams & Connolly’s Supreme Court and Appellate practice. Ms. Blatt, who clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, will talk about Justice Ginsburg’s life and contributions.

We anticipate this event will sell out so reserve your spot now.

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