West Texas Judge Receives Prestigious Honor - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/15/05

West Texas Judge Receives Prestigious Honor

A surprise visit to Lubbock from Texas Governor Rick Perry brought an exciting announcement for West Texas. At the Texas Tech Law School on Tuesday, the Governor took care of his first order of business on a busy agenda. One of Texas Tech's own is the Governor's appointee to the state's highest court.

Governor Perry proudly named Tech School of Law graduate, Philip Johnson, to the Texas Supreme Court. Johnson is currently Chief Justice of the 7th District Court of Appeals in Amarillo. He is a Lubbock native, a decorated Air Force veteran and has more than two decades of experience in private practice. Johnson says, "I will continue to decide cases impartially based on the law and not on the parties that appear before the court." Governor Perry says, "I looked for an individual who could add to the court's depth of experience, who was committed to interpreting the law."

Johnson's appointment is a huge honor for the Lubbock area. He is the first Tech graduate to serve on the State Supreme Court and the first West Texas member since 1981. John Whitmore President of Texas Tech says this about Johnson, "He's one of the nicest, most honest and most decent human beings. I think we have a lot of those in West Texas and he'll represent us well." TTU School of Law Associate Dean, Brian Shannon, says, "He's proved to be a fine hard working judge whose judicial philosophy is one that's going to carry forward well to the Supreme Court."

Judge Johnson's nomination will have to be confirmed by the state senate. He's already got the votes of our own Senator Duncan and Amarillo's senator Seliger. Both were there showing their support.

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