Jeffrey Boyd was appointed to the Texas Supreme Court in November. An announcement from Gov. Rick Perry's office stated that Boyd's new role will begin Dec. 3, 2012, and will expire at the next general election.
A 1991 graduate of the Pepperdine School of Law, Boyd's career with the governor's office began with a position as general counsel, which led to his most recent role as the chief of staff for Gov. Perry.
"We are so gratified that Gov. Perry has appointed Jeff Boyd to the Texas Supreme Court," said Deanell Reece Tacha, Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean of the School of Law at Pepperdine University. "The state of Texas is fortunate to have such an able lawyer and public servant on its highest court. He will serve with distinction and model the highest standards of ethical, professional, and legal excellence. This is a proud day for the Pepperdine University School of Law."
Boyd joined the Pepperdine Law community as a student in 1988, after graduating from Abilene Christian University. While at Pepperdine, he became an active member of the moot court teams and the staff of the Pepperdine Law Review.
"My first memory of Jeff is when I was a first-year law student and he was a third-year student," said Pepperdine professor of law, Jim Gash, who is also a graduate of Abilene Christian and Pepperdine Law. "I was in awe of his winning performance in the final round of the Fall Individual Advocacy Tournament, and was proud that he and I had both graduated from ACU. Judge Thomas Reavely on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit was one of the final round judges, and was so impressed with Jeff that he hired him to be a law clerk upon Jeff's graduation from Pepperdine. Later that year, I met Jeff and learned that he was the editor-in-chief of the Pepperdine Law Review and at the very top of his class. He was kind and patient with me as I asked him all kinds of questions about how to succeed in law school."
Boyd's career in law began in 1992 with Thompson and Knight LLP, where he became a partner in 1998. In 2000, Boyd was appointed by then Attorney General John Cornyn as deputy attorney general in charge of civil litigation. He returned to the private sector for a short stint before joining Gov. Perry's office.
"Jeff is a highly-respected attorney who has consistently excelled throughout his years of private practice, his terms of public service, and his leadership of important charitable organizations. His addition to the court will continue to protect the rule of law and further the tradition of defending the freedoms that Texans so vigorously uphold," Gov. Perry said. "He has earned my confidence, and the confidence of those he has worked with in all his endeavors, because he has a brilliant legal mind, he is committed to preserving the rule of law, and he strives every day to live a life of fairness, integrity and compassion. I know he will bring this same commitment to the Texas Supreme Court, and we will all be better for it."
In addition to his newest role, Boyd is past president of the board of Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, past chair of the board of Goodwill Industries of Central Texas, and a past board member of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas and Brentwood Christian School. He is also a past member of the State Bar of Texas Taskforce on Court Administration.