The Texas Supreme Court welcomed Jane Bland to the bench in a ceremony September 11 at its chambers in Austin. Administering the oath was Gov. Greg Abbott, who appointed Bland to the bench, describing her previous work in the judiciary as “extraordinary.” Her experience includes 15 years as a judge on the 1st Court of Appeals in Houston, as well as once delivering a tiebreaking majority opinion for the Texas Supreme Court after a justice was recused in a case. Bland takes over the seat left vacant by Jeff Brown, who after six years on the court, took the oath of office as a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Above: Jane Bland was sworn in as a justice of the Texas Supreme Court by Gov. Greg Abbott at a ceremony on September 11.

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