Jennifer Caughey Appointed to Texas Board of Disciplinary Appeals

September 6, 2022 | Attorney News

Jennifer CaugheyOn September 1, 2022, Jackson Walker partner and Appellate Practice Chair Jennifer Caughey was appointed by the Texas Supreme Court to a three-year term on the Board of Disciplinary Appeals (BODA). Jennifer will bring to BODA the perspective of both an appellate attorney and a former Justice on the First Court of Appeals.

Established in 1992, BODA is an independent adjudicatory body of 12 attorneys appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas to hear certain attorney discipline cases and to promote consistency in interpretation and application of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct and the Texas Rules of Disciplinary Procedure. Since its creation, BODA has heard and decided over 64,000 disciplinary matters, including grievance screening decisions (classification appeals) by the State Bar of Texas Chief Disciplinary Counsel’s Office, appeals from District Grievance Committee evidentiary panels, petitions to revoke probated license suspensions, compulsory discipline cases, reciprocal discipline cases, and disability cases. BODA holds panel hearings monthly and sits en banc in Austin quarterly.

“It is an honor to have been selected by the Texas Supreme Court to serve on the Board of Disciplinary Appeals,” Jennifer said. “I am so grateful for the confidence placed in me and the opportunity to give back in this new way. I can’t wait to join this independent tribunal, and I will work hard, study everything before me, and faithfully apply the law and rules in every case.”

“I can’t wait to join this independent tribunal, and I will work hard, study everything before me, and faithfully apply the law and rules in every case.”

In her private practice role, Jennifer leads Jackson Walker’s appellate section and handles complex appeals in state and federal courts. Since returning to private practice, she has successfully represented clients in diverse state court matters across Texas, including at the Texas Supreme Court, in various Texas Courts of Appeals, and in trial courts (at jury and bench trials and otherwise). She has a vibrant federal practice, too, and has represented clients in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits, and in federal district courts. Beyond her private practice work, Jennifer is also an appointee to the Texas Judicial Council, the policy-making body for the State judiciary.

As a Justice on Texas’s First Court of Appeals, Jennifer handled a broad docket of civil and criminal appeals from Harris County and nine surrounding counties. She authored more than 125 opinions (half signed, half per curiam) spanning questions of civil, criminal, family, and probate law. She actively contributed to 454 cases.

Jennifer’s appellate work and skill has been recognized by Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America, and Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers, and under her leadership, the Firm’s Appellate team was recognized nationally and locally in the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers’ list of “Best Law Firms” in 2020 and 2021.

For additional information about the appointment, view the announcement “New Board Members and Outgoing Members Appreciated” and the BODA website.

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Jennifer Caughey
Partner, Houston