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Harriet O’Neill Biography – Harriet O’Neill Wiki
Harriet O’Neill is an American attorney and a former justice of the Supreme Court of Texas. She was elected to the Texas Supreme Court in 1998 and re-elected to a second term in 2004. Justice O’Neill retired from the Court in 2010 to work as a lawyer in private practice.
Justice O’Neill’s judicial career began in 1992, when she was elected to the 152nd District Court in Houston. In 1995, Governor George W. Bush appointed her to the 14th Court of Appeals, and she won election to that seat in 1996. Justice O’Neill left the court of appeals with a 91 percent approval rating (1998 Houston Bar Poll), the highest rating on her nine-member court.
In the 10 years before assuming the bench, Justice O’Neill practiced law in Houston, concentrating primarily in complex business and commercial litigation. She practiced with the firms of Porter & Clements and Morris & Campbell, then opened her own office when she decided to devote most of her time to mediating legal disputes.
Justice O’Neill graduated in 1982 from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where she was a member of the academic honors society and served as the law school representative to the American Bar Association. She returned in the spring of 2002 as the law school’s “Jurist in Residence,” and subsequently received the University of South Carolina Distinguished Alumnae Award. Justice O’Neill earned her undergraduate degree, with honors, from Converse College, and studied at University College in Oxford, England. In 2001, Converse awarded Justice O’Neill an honorary doctorate degree.
In 2002, and again in 2006, the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists named Justice O’Neill the Appellate Justice of the Year. She is a member of the American Law Institute, the Robert W. Calvert Inns of Court, and a Fellow of the Houston and Texas Bar Foundations. Justice O’Neill is an active member of the Texas Access to Justice Commission, which the Supreme Court created to develop and implement initiatives designed to ensure that the court system is available to meet the basic civil legal needs of low-income Texans.
She was appointed by then-U.S. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales to serve on the National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women. She has a special interest in improving our court system for children and families in foster care and spearheaded the creation in 2007 of the Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families.
Harriet O’Neill Age
Harriet O’Neill was born on April 20, 1957. She is 66 years old as of 2023.
Harriet O’Neill Husband
Justice Harriet O’Neill is married to Kerry Cammack.
Harriet O’Neill Family
Justice Harriet O’Neill and her husband, Kerry Cammack, have three children.
Harriet O’Neill Political Party
She is a member of the Republican Party.
Ken Paxton Impeachment Trial
In July 2023, former Texas Supreme Court Justice Harriet O’Neill joined the team of prosecutors assisting with the impeachment trial of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
“I am proud to join the esteemed team working with the House Board of Managers,” O’Neill said in a statement via the Austin American-Statesman. “The facts in this case are clear, compelling and decisive, and I look forward to presenting them before the members of the Texas Senate.”
State Rep. Andrew Murr, R-Junction, who leads the House General Investigating Committee and the Board of Impeachment Managers, said: “Justice O’Neill is an accomplished, respected, conservative jurist, and I am grateful that she has joined this case. As a longtime judge and elected official, she understands the gravity of this matter and its importance to the state of Texas.”
Harriet O’Neill Religion
She is a member of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Austin.