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Kennon L. Wooten

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Kennon joined the firm in May 2011, after serving as the rules attorney for the Supreme Court of Texas. Her service as the rules attorney gives her a unique understanding of statewide and local rules of practice and procedure, as well as the disciplinary standards that govern lawyers who practice in Texas. She has published books and law-review articles on Texas discovery practices.

Kennon provides rule-related advice and ethics advice to lawyers, law firms, and other entities, and she represents individuals and entities involved in complex commercial litigation, general civil litigation, and civil appeals. At the trial level, she represents both plaintiffs and defendants. To the appeals, she brings experience gained as the rules attorney, as a law clerk to former Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson of the Supreme Court of Texas, and as an intern to Justice Mack Kidd during his service as a justice of the Third Court of Appeals in Austin.

Kennon is dedicated to serving the community and increasing access to justice. She is a board member and secretary for the Texas Legal Services Center, she volunteers often, and she is a member of the State Bar of Texas Pro Bono College. She served as the President of the Austin Young Lawyers Association and now serves as the President of the Austin Bar Association. In addition, Kennon is a member of the American Law Institute, the Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee, the State Bar of Texas Court Rules Committee, and the Supreme Court of Texas Remote Proceedings Task Force.  Previously, she served as a member of the Texas Commission to Expand Civil Legal Services (the “Justice Gap Commission”), the Supreme Court of Texas Task Force for Rules in Expedited Actions, and the Texas Judicial Council Civil Justice Committee’s Advisory Council.

  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with honors, 2004
  • University of Texas at Austin, B.A., Psychology, with highest honors, 1999

  • State Bar of Texas
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Western, Northern, and Southern Districts of Texas

  • Planning Committee Member, 2021 UT School of Law CLE on E-Discovery Essentials
  • Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association, Wellness for Women Lawyers During Stressful Times; panelist for membership meeting on May 20, 2020.
  • Austin Bar Association, Landlord-Tenant Issues and COVID-19; moderator for panel presentation on April 24, 2020.
  • Planning Committee Member, 2019 State Bar of Texas Annual Business Disputes Course
  • Course Director, 2019 State Bar of Texas Civil Appellate Practice 101 Course
  • Course Director, 2018 State Bar of Texas Business Disputes Course
  • Planning Committee Member, 2018 State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course
  • Member, Texas Judicial Council Civil Justice Committee’s Advisory Council, 2018
  • Planning Committee Member, 2017 State Bar of Texas Annual Advanced Business Law Course
  • Member, American Law Institute, 2017 – present
  • Member, Supreme Court Advisory Committee, 2017 – present
  • Ex Officio Member, Supreme Court Advisory Committee, 2016 – present
  • Member, Texas Commission to Expand Civil Legal Services, 2015 – 2017
  • President, Austin Young Lawyers Association, 2012 – 2013
  • Board Member, Austin Young Lawyers Association, 2007 – 2014
  • President, Austin Bar Association, 2020 – present
  • Officer Positions, Austin Bar Association, 2017 – 2020
  • Board Member, Austin Bar Association, 2013 – present
  • Member, Austin Bar Association Equity Committee, 2020 – present
  • Chair, Austin Bar Association Publications/Website Committee, 2013 – 2019
  • Editor-in-Chief, Austin Lawyer, 2013 – 2019
  • Editorial Board Member for The Advocate, the State Bar Litigation Section Report, 2008 – present
  • Member, Supreme Court of Texas Task Force for Rules in Expedited Actions, 2011 – 2012
  • Member, Travis County Women Lawyers Association, 2011 – present
  • Member, State Bar Standing Committee on Court Rules, 2011 – present
  • Chair, State Bar Standing Committee on Court Rules, 2016 – 2018
  • Vice Chair, State Bar Standing Committee on Court Rules, 2014 – 2016
  • Member, Austin Bar Association Appellate Council, 2009 – 2011

Community and Charitable Organizations

  • At Large Board Member, Capital Area Democratic Women
  • Member, League of Women Voters of Texas (Austin area)
  • Secretary, Texas Legal Services Center
  • Board Member, Texas Legal Services Center
  • Friar, University of Texas at Austin Friar Society
  • Former Board Member, Texas Folklife, 2005 – 2009
  • Former Board Member, Austin Friends of Traditional Music, 2005 – 2006

 

 

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