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Baker Botts Litigator Evan Young Unanimously Confirmed to Texas Judicial Council

AUSTIN, June 9, 2017 - Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, proudly announces litigation partner Evan Young, appointed by Governor Greg Abbott, has been unanimously confirmed to the Texas Judicial Council by the Texas Senate on May 27, 2017. By statute, the Council is directed to “study the organization, rules, procedures and practice, work accomplished, results, and uniformity of the discretionary powers of the state courts and methods for their improvement.” 

“Evan’s appointment to this prestigious Council, which focuses primarily on litigation and the court system, is a testament to his well-known reputation among his clients and peers,” said Van Beckwith, Baker Botts Litigation Department Chair. “He was a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and served as Counsel to the Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice, along with myriad other prominent positions held throughout his career. This is a well-earned accomplishment for Evan and the firm congratulates him on his appointment.” 

Mr. Young is a litigation partner in Baker Botts’ Austin office. Currently, he is chair of the Texas Regional Office of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, vice chair of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, a member of the Supreme Court Advisory Committee, and an elected member of the American Law Institute. He also serves as an adjunct professor at The University of Texas School of Law. 

The Texas Judicial Council, created by the Legislature in 1929 as the policy-making body for the Texas judiciary, studies the court system in Texas and looks for methods to improve while also investigating and reporting on matters referred to the council relating to the court system. 

Today, the Council’s members include the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas and the Presiding Judge of the Court of Criminal Appeals; ten members of the judiciary named by the Chief Justice; four members of the Legislature named by the Speaker and Lt. Governor; and six citizens appointed by the Governor to six-year terms. 

The only other Baker Botts lawyer to serve on the Council was Hugh M. Patterson, who served two terms from 1963-75, when it was known as the Texas Civil Judicial Council. 


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