This committee recruits judges, attorneys and Houston area school districts to participate in a project organized by the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society and the State Bar of Texas Law-Related Education Department, based on teaching the book, Taming Texas: How Law and Order Came to the Lone Star State by James L. Haley and Marilyn P. Duncan. The project focuses on 7th grade Texas history classes, with the judges and attorneys teaching students how the state’s court system fits into the larger picture of Texas history, from the days of Stephen F. Austin to the present.

Click here to sign up online for Teach Texas 2019. The program takes place over two days between April 1 and May 10, 2019, with orientation for volunteers in March.

Volunteers: Click here for resources and materials.

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Thank you to all our of volunteers who taught in the Teach Texas program this year, helping seventh graders learn how law and order came to the Lone Star State. Pictured below are a some of the 77 attorneys and judges who reached 3,576 students in Houston-area Texas history classes this year.

Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan and Assistant County Attorney Francie Aguirre at O’Donnell Middle School in Alief ISD.


Cindy Thompson Diggs (Holmes, Diggs, Eames & Sadler) at O’Donnell Middle School in Alief ISD.


Brian Humphrey II (Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz) at O’Donnell Middle School in Alief ISD.


Bruce Ruzinsky (Jackson Walker) at O’Donnell Middle School in Alief ISD.

Richard F. Whiteley
Bracewell LLP
711 Louisiana, #2300
Houston, Texas 77002
(713) 221-1123

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Hon. Ken Wise
14th Court of Appeals
301 Fannin, Suite 245
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 274-2800

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