Judge Southwick lives in Mississippi, but he entered the world at Edinburg, Texas, and graduated from Rice University and the University of Texas law school. So he has the Texas thing going for him.
His Honor’s confirmation brings the court’s membership to 16 active judges plus five on senior status. And it leaves one judgeship vacant. The nomination of former state district court judge and Baker Botts partner Catharina Haynes of Dallas remains pending. Blawgletter wishes her a swift senatorial thumbs up.