Texas Supreme Court advisory

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April 29, 2011


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At first she was a law clerk. Now, after almost three years as the Texas Supreme Court’s rules attorney, an extraordinary tenure in time and diligence, Kennon L. Peterson is leaving to join Austin law firm Scott, Douglass & McConnico L.L.P.


Peterson, a University of Texas law graduate who clerked for Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson in 2004-05, began as rules attorney in July 2008.


“Kennon’s tireless service to the Supreme Court as rules attorney has been extraordinary,” Justice Nathan L. Hecht, the Court’s liaison to the Supreme Court Advisory Committee, said. “The judiciary, the bar, and the people have all benefited from her excellent work. We wish her well in her return to private practice. Her shoes will be hard to fill.”


As rules attorney, she was charged with working with Justice Hecht and the Advisory Committee in drafting and working on approving Texas Rules of Civil Procedure and Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure, as well as administrative and other rules. In that role she made her public mark in helping coordinate the yearslong drafting of revisions to the Texas disciplinary rules. She was honored by the State Bar of Texas for her work.


“The position enabled me to work with some of the finest lawyers in the state and taught me a great deal about politics and the law, as well as the intersection between the two,” Peterson said. “I will forever appreciate the lessons learned.”   


Peterson is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Texas, where she studied psychology with a business concentration.


In 2008 and 2009 she was named a “Rising Texas Star” in Texas Monthly magazine.


Peterson announced her decision to leave earlier in April. Her last day is today, April 29.