Nina Hess Hsu (pictured), who started on Oct. 16, says she wants to ensure the court continues to function efficiently and to help new Chief Justice Nathan Hecht with his agenda and goals.
“I’m kind of along for the ride,” she says.
Hess Hsu says her most recent position as corporate counsel at Texas Mutual Insurance Co. best prepares her for the job, because she became skilled in administrative functions like employment matters.
“That job was one of those jack-of-all-trades types of jobs where you have to be able to switch gears on a moment’s notice,” she says, adding that the experience will “come in handy” at the high court.
She’ll be the court’s legal adviser and a liaison between the court and the other branches of state government. Former GC Jen Cafferty left the court for a job at Vinson & Elkins in Houston.
Before going in-house, Hess Hsu was an associate with Vinson & Elkins from 2007 to 2011. She was a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks in Austin from 2005 to 2007. She earned degrees in psychology and women’s studies from Duke University in 2001. She worked for one year as a legal assistant for a small firm in Austin, and then in 2005, she earned her law degree from The University of Texas at Austin School of Law.
She says she’s looking forward to learning from the justices, being exposed to attorneys in the community and benefitting from “great learning opportunities” from her new job.