Thomas R. Phillips


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Professional Honors & Awards

  • Honorary D.H.L., St. Edward's University, 1998
  • Honorary LL.D., Texas Tech University, 1997
  • Listed in Chambers USA, 2006-2022 and The Best Lawyers in America, 2007-2022
  • The Texas Lawbook, “Lions of the Texas Bar,” 2015
  • Lone Star Legal Aid Hall of Heroes, 2014
  • Pro Texana Meritorious Achievement Award, Baylor University, 2013
  • Outstanding Mentor Award, Texas Young Lawyers Association, 2009-2010
  • Justice Award, American Judicature Society, 2007
  • Award for Outstanding Judicial Service and Leadership, Houston Bar Association, Appellate Practice Section, 2007
  • Baylor Alumni 150 (“150 of Baylor’s most remarkable alumni”), Baylor Alumni Association, 2007
  • Justinian Award, Dallas Lawyers Auxiliary, 2006
  • Harry L. Carrico Judicial Innovation Award, National Center for State Courts, 2005
  • Champion of Children Award, Dallas CASA, 2004
  • Harold F. Kleinman Award, Texas Equal Access to Justice Foundation, 2004
  • First Annual Professionalism in Law Award, The Burton Awards for Legal Achievement, 2004
  • Price Daniel Distinguished Public Service Award, Baylor University Alumni Association, 2004
  • Rosewood Gavel Award, St. Mary’s School of Law, 2002
  • Texas Legal Legends: The 102 Most Influential Texas Lawyers of the 20th Century, 2000
  • Honorary Order of the Coif, University of Houston Law Center, 2002
  • Distinguished Service Award, National Center for State Courts, 1999
  • Distinguished Alumnus, Baylor University Alumni Association, 1998
  • Appellate Judge of the Year, Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists, 1992-1993
  • Award of Excellence in Government, Texas Chamber of Commerce, 1992
  • Hall of Fame, Woodrow Wilson High School, 1989
  • Outstanding Texas Leader Award, John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Forum, 1989
  • Outstanding Young Lawyer of Houston Award, Houston Young Lawyers Association, 1986

Professional Activities

Professional Affiliations:

American Law Institute, 1990 to present - Federal Judicial Code Revision Project, 1995-2004; Principles of Election Law, 2010-2018; Restatement of Torts (Third) Remedies, 2020 to present

American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, 2018 to present

American Bar Association - Commission on the 21st Century Judiciary, 2002-2003; Judicial Selection and Judicial Campaign Committee, 2001-2003; Task Force on Lawyers’ Political Contributions, 1997-1998

State Bar of Texas - Committee on Pattern Jury Charges, Chair (Vol. IV), 1985-1988; Committee on Administration of Justice, Vice Chair, 1986-1988; Committee on Administration of Rules of Evidence, 1983-1988; Committee on Judicial Selection, Tenure, and Compensation, 1981-1984

Institute of Judicial Administration, New York University Law School, Board of Directors, 2006 to present

The Center for American and International Law, Trustee, 1992-2014

South Texas College of Law, Board of Directors, 2006-2011

Sandra Day O’Connor Project on the State of the Judiciary, Georgetown University Law School, Corporate Task Force, 2008-2009

Texas Judicial Districts Board, Chair, 1988-2004; Member, 2019 to present

Texas Judicial Council, Chair, 1997-2004

Texas Commission on Judicial Selection, Member and Elections Working Group Chair, 2019-2021

American Judicature Society - Director, 1989-1995 and 1999-2005; National Advisory Board, 2005-2014

Citizens’ Commission on the Texas Judiciary, Convener, 1991-1993

Institutions of Democracy Judicial Branch Commission, Annenberg Public Policy Center, 2003-2004

Community Service:

Texas Appleseed, Board of Directors, 2015 to present

Bipartisan Texas Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee, 2013 to present

The Philosophical Society of Texas, President, 2021-2022

Texas State Historical Association, Director, 2014-2018; Secretary, 2018 to 2020

Texas Historical Commission, Member, 2005-2012

NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions, Public Member, 2005-2007

The Philosophical Society of Texas, Member, 1990 to present; First Vice President, 2020 to present

Carter-Baker Commission on Federal Election Reform, Member, 2005

Bastrop County Historical Society, Board of Directors, 2004-2008

Baylor Alumni Association Council, Member, 2007-2012

Mitt Romney Justice Advisory Committee, Member, 2011-2012

John McCain Justice Advisory Committee, Member, 2008

Romney for President Advisory Committee on the Constitution and the Courts, Member, 2008