In an order signed Dec. 11, the Texas Supreme Court reappointed Judge Al Bennett, Richard L. “Dick” Tate and Michelle Cheng to the Texas Access to Justice Commission for terms that will expire May 31, 2015.
Tate, a partner in Tate, Moerer & King in Richmond, says the commission is “the umbrella agency tasked with developing overall strategies for access to justice on all fronts” with regards to civil matters.
Bennett, judge of the 61st Civil District Court in Harris County, says, “We have an underserved population when it comes to access to justice in civil matters. It’s wonderful to be a part of something that allows our citizens access to justice with proper legal representation.”
Cheng, an attorney with Whitehurst, Harkness, Brees & Cheng in Austin, did not return a telephone call seeking comment.
In a separate order, also signed Dec. 11, the Supreme Court reappointed Smith County Judge Joel Baker to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, the agency responsible for investigating allegations of judicial misconduct or disability and for disciplining judges. As noted in the order, the court reappointed Baker for a term that will expire Nov. 19, 2017. Baker did not return a telephone call for comment.
--- Mary Alice Robbins
Robbins is an Austin-based freelance writer and a former Texas Lawyer senior reporter.