AUSTIN – Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed three people to
the Texas Judicial Council, with two appointments set to expire June 30, 2021,
and one appointment set to expire June 30, 2019.
Kenneth S. Saks, Evan Young and Sonia Clayton were all
appointed to the council, which studies the Texas court system and looks for
ways to improve the court system, according to a release from Abbott's office. The council also investigates reporting on
matters referred to them.
Saks is from San Antonio and is a partner at Oliva,
Saks, Garcia and Curiel LLP. He is also a fee attorney and escrow officer at
Stewart Title Co. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary’s
University and a juris doctor and Master of Law from St. Mary’s Law School.
Saks is a member of St. Mary’s University board of trustees, St. Mary’s
Hispanic Law Alumni Association Board of Directors and vice president and board
member of the Hispanic Sports Foundation for Education Inc.
Young is from Austin and is a partner at Baker Botts
LLP. He was a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and served as
counsel to the attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice. Young holds
a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University and Oxford University, where he was
also a British Marshall scholar and a juris doctor from Yale Law School. He is
chair of the Texas Regional Office of the National Center for Missing and
Exploited Children, vice chair of the Business Law Section of the state bar of
Texas, a member of the Supreme Court Advisory Committee and an elected member
of the American Law Institute.
Clayton is from Spring and is president and CEO of Virtual
Intelligence Providers, LLC. She received a Bachelor of Science from
Universidad del Zulia and a Bachelor of Science from Capella
University. She has also received certificates from London Business School,
Stanford University and Harvard Business School. Clayton is a board member of
the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University, Sampoerna
University, American College in Jakarta, Indonesia and the Sam Houston Council
of the Boy Scouts of America. She is also a nationally recognized member of
InfraGard and FBI-Community partnership.