Guzman resigned in June to run for Texas attorney general.
“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 statement. “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 at Baker Botts LLP where he chairs the firm’s Supreme Court and Constitutional Law Practice. He previously clerked for former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and served as counsel to the U.S. Department of Justice. In addition to his practice, Young is a law professor at the University of Texas School of Law.
Guzman’s resignation became effective on June 11 and she jumped into the GOP primary for attorney general 10 days later. She spent a dozen years on the state’s highest court and in 2016 became the highest vote-getter in Texas history.
Young will have to run for election in 2022 to keep his seat for another 6 years.
The Texas Supreme Court has been busy the last year and a half with the litany of coronavirus-related lawsuits and the 2020 election lawsuits. This year, it’s already shot down Planned Parenthood’s emergency appeal in the challenge to the Texas Heartbeat Act.
Each justice on the state’s highest court is a Republican and Young’s appointment continues that trend.
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