Gov. Greg Abbott announced Evan Young as his appointment to the Supreme Court of Texas on November 1, 2021, to fill the seat vacated by Justice Eva Guzman when she resigned in June 2021.
“Evan Young is a proven legal scholar and public servant, making him an ideal pick for the Supreme Court of Texas,” Abbott said in a press release. “Evan’s extensive background in private practice and public service will be a fantastic addition to the bench, and I am confident that he will faithfully defend the Constitution and uphold the rule of law for the people of Texas.”
Young is a partner in Baker Botts in Austin. He clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and served as counsel to the attorney general of the Department of Justice. Young is a former chair of the Texas Regional Office of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, a member of the Supreme Court Advisory Committee, an elected member of the American Law Institute, and an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law. He has served as a member of the Texas Judicial Council since 2017.
“Evan Young has already made outstanding contributions to the Texas justice system,” Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht said in a press release. “As a member of the Judicial Council, the judiciary’s policy-making body, and the Supreme Court Rules Advisory Committee, which advises the court on procedural and administrative matters for all Texas courts. He will continue to serve the people of Texas with distinction, and the court is proud to have him join us.”