ALI Council
Life Member

The Hon. Nathan L. Hecht

Austin, TX
Supreme Court of Texas
Yale University
Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law

Nathan L. Hecht is Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas. He is active in the Court’s efforts to assure that Texans living below the poverty level, as well as others with limited means have access to basic civil legal services.  During his tenure on the Court, he has overseen revisions to the rules of administration, practice, and procedure in Texas courts and also served on the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules of the Judicial Conference of the United States.

Chief Justice Hecht was first elected a Justice of the Supreme Court in 1988. He previously served on the Texas Court of Appeals and the District Court in Dallas. Before taking the bench, he was a partner in the law firm of Locke Purnell Boren Laney & Neely in Dallas; a law clerk for Roger Robb, U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit; and a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve Judge Advocate General Corps.

Elected to ALI in 1988, Chief Justice Hecht has participated in the Members Consultative Groups for the Model Penal Code: Sentencing, Torts: Liability for Physical and Emotional Harm, and Torts: Apportionment of Liability.

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Areas of Expertise
Commercial Law