Harriet O’Neill

Justice Harriet O’Neill retired from the Supreme Court of Texas in June of 2010, having served two terms on the Court and nearly eighteen years in the judiciary.  With a special interest in improving the lives of abused and neglected children in foster care, Justice O’Neill spearheaded the Supreme Court’s creation of the Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families, which works to improve judicial handling of child-protection cases through strategic collaboration, technology, training and innovative pilot projects.  As a member of the Texas Access to Justice Commission, Justice O’Neill worked to assure low-income Texans access to our civil courts for basic legal needs like protection from domestic violence, and securing benefits for veterans.  In recognition of her outstanding service, Justice O’Neill has been named to the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame and received numerous awards, including the Chief Justice Jack Pope Professionalism Award, the Texas Appleseed Good Apple Award, the National Center for State Courts Distinguished Service Award, the American Bar Association Friend of the Family Award, the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner’s Award, and was twice named “Appellate Justice of the Year” by the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists.

After leaving the bench, Justice O’Neill founded the Law Office of Harriet O’Neill, PC, in Austin, where her statewide practice concentrates primarily on complex business litigation and appeals.  Justice O’Neill is a frequent author and speaker.  In 2001, she was First-Prize winner in the National Law Day Speech Awards.  She also writes and lectures for continuing legal education programs.  And she continues her interest in child and family welfare by serving as Chair Emeritus of the Children’s Commission.

Harriet enjoys reading, golf and traveling, particularly with her husband, Kerry Cammack, and their three children.

 

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