In an announcement issued on October 28, 2019, Jackson Walker partner Charles “Chip” L. Babcock was named one of Governor Greg Abbott’s four appointees to the newly formed Texas Commission on Judicial Selection.
Established by HB 3040, the 15-member Commission is tasked with studying how Texas selects certain trial and appellate judges—including statutory county court judges, district judges, and appellate justices and judges—and reporting findings and recommendations to the lieutenant governor, the speaker of the House of Representatives, and the governor by December 31, 2020. The Commission will subsequently disband on January 17, 2021.
In his role on the Commission, Chip will provide perspective as a trial and appellate attorney with over 30 years of experience. Outside of his practice, Chip is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, American Board of Trial Advocates, Litigation Counsel of America, Center for American and International Law, and Texas Philosophical Society.
Over his career, he has received national acclaim among The Best Lawyers in America since 1991 and Chambers and Partners’ Chambers USA Guide since 2006. In addition to being named one of the “25 Greatest Texas Lawyers of the Past Quarter-Century” by Texas Lawyer in 2010, he earned the Ronald D. Secrest Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award from the Texas Bar Foundation in 2016 and the Karen H. Susman Jurisprudence Award by the Anti-Defamation League Southwest Region in 2018.
Chip received his A.B. from Brown University and J.D. from Boston University School of Law.
For additional information about the Commission, view the news release “Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Patrick and Speaker Bonnen Name Appointees To Texas Commission on Judicial Selection” and the Texas Judicial Branch’s Texas Commission on Judicial Selection page.