Scott Brister

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Scott Andrew Brister
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Texas Supreme Court Justice
In office
November 2003 – September 2009
Preceded by Craig T. Enoch
Succeeded by Eva Guzman
Personal details
Born (1955-01-08) January 8, 1955 (age 62)
Waco, McLennan County, Texas, USA
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Julie Upton Brister
Children Four daughters
Residence Georgetown, Williamson County, Texas
Alma mater

Duke University

Harvard Law School
Occupation Attorney; former Judge

Scott Andrew Brister (born January 8, 1955) is a former Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas, who served from November 2003 until September 2009. He was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve the remainder of the term of Justice Craig T. Enoch. He was then elected to a regular six-year term in November 2004. Brister resigned from the court effective September 7, 2009, before the scheduled end of his term on December 31, 2010. He was succeeded on the court by Eva Guzman, the first female Hispanic to serve on the body.[1] He is now employed in the Austin office of the law firm Andrews & Kurth.[2]


Brister is a native of Waco, Texas. He is a graduate of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and the Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1989, he was appointed judge of the 234th District Court in Harris County, Texas by Governor Bill Clements and presided over that court until the end of 2000. He was also local administrative judge for the Harris County civil district courts in 1998–1999.

He was elected to the First Court of Appeals of Texas, in 2000. He served on the First Court for less than two years before Perry appointed him chief justice of the Fourteenth Court of Appeals of Texas in 2001. He was elected to that position in 2002 and served the first eleven months of that term before he was appointed to the Texas Supreme Court.

He has home schooled all four of his daughters with wife Julie Upton Brister. He has four siblings: Robin Brister, Susan Brister, Michal Adams, and Steven Brister. The Bristers live in Georgetown, Texas.


Preceded by
Craig T. Enoch
Texas Supreme Court Justice,
Place 9

Succeeded by
Eva Guzman