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April 21, 2011


Jennifer Cafferty

Jennifer Cafferty, the Texas Supreme Court’s staff attorney for extraordinary writs, has been named the Court’s general counsel, Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson announced.


Cafferty, a University of Texas School of Law graduate, will succeed Alice McAfee as general counsel when McAfee leaves for private practice April 29. Cafferty has been responsible for mandamus proceedings and other extraordinary matters since joining the Court in August 2009. Before that she was an associate for four years with Baker Botts L.L.P. in Austin, where she was an associate in the trial division and also handled appeals.


McAfee, appointed general counsel in March 2008, will join Boulette & Golden L.L.P. in Austin.


As general counsel Cafferty will be responsible for coordinating Supreme Court initiatives such as the Judicial Task Force on Emergency Preparedness and the Court’s Permanent Commission on Children, Youth and Families. She will interact regularly with the judiciary, state agencies and the Legislature and also will advise the Texas Judicial Council.


“Jen Cafferty has been a trusted adviser to the Court on original proceedings in which the Court must act expeditiously,” Chief Justice Jefferson said. “Her speedy and concise presentation of complex issues quickly earned the confidence of our Court. She is an exceptional lawyer whose extraordinary work ethic, and good humor, will serve the Court and the citizens of Texas with distinction.” 


Cafferty graduated cum laude from Rice University, where she was captain of the women's basketball team for three years, was named Rice's Scholar Athlete of the Year, won the Outstanding Female Athlete Award and the Stan Bates Award for Outstanding Western Athletic Conference Female Athlete. She also was 2000 ESPN/College National Three-point Shooting Champion.


Before attending law school, she spent two years as an investment banker with Goldman, Sachs & Co. in Houston and New York. She graduated with honors from UT School of Law.