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Thompson & Knight Attorney Richard Phillips says Finding Judge Wainwright's Replacement Has No Deadline
October 2, 2012 7:59 am

Last week's resignation of Texas Supreme Court Justice Dale Wainwright will create the seventh opportunity for Gov. Rick Perry to appoint a justice to the nine-member court. "The governor has no real deadline or timetable to appoint a new justice to finish Justice Wainwright's unexpired term," says Richard Phillips in the Dallas office of Thompson & Knight, who notes that any appointment is subject to Senate confirmation during the 2013 legislative session. "For political considerations, the governor likely will want to move quickly in making his choice to allow the new appointee to establish a record and broader name recognition before the 2014 election cycle, when Justice Wainwright's term expires," says Phillips, co-author of the Texas Appellate Watch blog ( Wainwright, who resigned effective Sept. 30 to enter private practice in Austin, was the third longest-serving justice on the current court. For more information, contact Barry Pound at 800-559-4534 or

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