Harriet O'Neill

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Harriet O'Neill was a justice of the Texas Supreme Court. She was elected to the court on November 3, 1998[1] and took office on January 1, 1999[2]. She was retained by voters in 2004[3]. She is a Republican.

O'Neill left the court on June 20, 2010.[4][5][6]

Legal education

Justice O'Neill earned an undergraduate degree from Conserve College and studied at the University College in Oxford, England. She earned her J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1982.[7]

Career

Justice O'Neill was in private practice for ten years prior to joining the bench. In 1992, she was elected as a trial judge for the Houston 152nd District Court; in 1995, she was a judge on the Fourteenth Court of Appeals; and in 1998, she was elected to the Texas Supreme Court.[7]

Awards and associations

Awards

Justice O'Neill has been a First-Prize Winner in the National Law Day Speech Awards, and has been Appellate Justice of the year. She has also been awarded the University of South Carolina Distinguished Alumnae Award.[7]

Associations

Justice O'Neill is a member of the American Law Institute, the Robert W. Calvert Inns of Court, a Fellow of the Houston and Texas Bar Foundations, and a member of the Texas Access to Justice Commission. Justice O'Neill was appointed by then-U.S. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales to serve on the National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women, and is chairman of the Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families.[7]

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