Supreme Court Advisory Committee

About Us 

The Supreme Court Advisory Committee (SCAC), first created in 1940 and periodically reconstituted since then, assists the Supreme Court in the continuing study, review, and development of rules of administration and procedure for Texas courts, taking into consideration the rules of other courts in the United States and proposals for changes from whatever source received. The Committee drafts rules as directed by the Court; solicits, summarizes, and reports to the Court the views of the bar and the public on court rules and procedures; and makes recommendations for change. Votes taken by the Committee are solely for informational purposes. The Committee's discussions and recommendations are advisory and not binding on the Court. 

Committee meetings are held after public notice and are open to the public. A record is made of all Committee proceedings. Committee expenses are paid from funds appropriated by the Legislature or provided by the State Bar of Texas. 

Members of the Committee are appointed by the Supreme Court, which from time to time determines their number, qualifications, and terms of service. A Chair appointed by the Court to serve at its pleasure calls meetings with the approval of the Court, prepares an agenda in advance of each meeting, and presides over the meetings. Proposals, drafts, and other materials to be discussed are provided at or before meetings.

Members

The following persons are appointed by orders of the Court (Misc. Docket 15-9119 and Misc. Docket 15-9153), to serve as members of the Committee until December 31, 2017:

  • Prof. Alexandra W. Albright, Austin
  • Charles L. (Chip) Babcock IV, Houston
  • Pamela Stanton Baron, Austin
  • Hon. Levi J. Benton, Houston
  • Hon. Jane Bland, Houston
  • Hon. Bill Boyce, Houston
  • Hon. Harvey G. Brown, Houston
  • Hon. Brett Busby, Houston
  • Prof. Elaine A. G. Carlson, Houston
  • Hon. Tracy E. Christopher, Houston
  • Nina Cortell, Dallas
  • Alistair B. Dawson, Houston
  • Prof. William V. Dorsaneo III, Dallas
  • Hon. Anahid Elizabeth Estevez, Amarillo
  • Hon. David L. Evans, Fort Worth
  • L. Hayes Fuller III, Waco
  • Frank Gilstrap, Arlington
  • Hon. Tom Gray, Waco
  • Marcy Greer, Austin
  • O. C. Hamilton, McAllen
  • Rusty Hardin, Houston
  • Michael A. Hatchell, Austin
  • Lisa Bowlin Hobbs, Austin
  • Prof. Lonny S. Hoffman, Houston
  • Roger W. Hughes, Harlingen
  • David Jackson, Dallas
  • Lamont Jefferson, San Antonio
  • Peter Michael Kelly, Houston
  • Robert L. Levy, Houston
  • Gilbert I. (Buddy) Low, Beaumont
  • Robert E. Meadows, Houston
  • Richard G. Munzinger, El Paso
  • Richard R. Orsinger, San Antonio
  • Hon. David Peeples, San Antonio
  • Hon. Robert H. Pemberton, Austin
  • Jim M. Perdue, Jr., Houston
  • Thomas C. Riney, Amarillo
  • Cristina Espinosa Rodriguez, Houston
  • Eduardo R. Rodriguez, Brownsville
  • Pete Schenkkan, Austin
  • Scott P. Stolley, Dallas
  • Kent C. Sullivan, Houston
  • Hon. R. H. Wallace, Jr., Fort Worth
  • Charles R. Watson, Jr., Austin
  • Hon. Stephen Yelenosky, Austin
  • Evan Young, Austin

Ex Officio Members

The following persons are appointed ex officio members of the Committee, to serve at the pleasure of the Court:

  • a member of the Court of Criminal Appeals designated by that Court
  • a lawyer designated by the Lieutenant Governor
  • a lawyer designated by the Speaker of the House
  • a lawyer in the Office of the Attorney General, designated by the Attorney General 
  • the Chair of the State Bar of Texas Court Rules Committee 

Chair & Vice Chair

  • Charles L. (Chip) Babcock IV is appointed chairman of the Committee.
  • Gilbert I. (Buddy) Low is appointed vice-chairman of the Committee.

Document Repository

The Jackson Walker law firm maintains an online database of some documents related to SCAC, at http://jwclientservices.jw.com/sites/scac.