COUNCIL MEMBERS

EDITORIAL BOARD

Jill Schumacher

Third-Year Council/Editor-in-Chief

Jill is a litigator and appellate lawyer at Daniels & Tredennick LLP. She previously served as a staff attorney for Chief Justice Frost.

Eleanor Mason

Assistant Editor

Staff Attorney at Fourteenth Court of Appeals

Justice Evelyn Keyes

Columnist

Justice Evelyn V. Keyes was appointed to the First Court of Appeals by Governor Rick Perry in May 2002. She was elected in November 2002 to the remainder of her predecessor’s term and re-elected to six-year terms in 2004, 2010, and 2016. Before joining the First Court, Justice Keyes was a partner in Clements, O’Neill, Pierce, Wilson, and Fulkerson, L.L.P., practicing complex civil litigation. She also served as a Special Assistant Attorney General to then Texas Attorney General John Cornyn. She is a founder of the Court’s undergraduate judicial internship program, which is affiliated with the Judicial Practicum program at Rice University.

Angela Spoede

Columnist

Staff Attorney at First Court of Appeals, Houston

JoAnn Storey

Columnist

JoAnn Storey is an attorney providing legal services covering Appellate.

JoAnn Storey, who practices law in Houston, Texas, was selected to Super Lawyers for 2005 – 2019. This peer designation is awarded only to a select number of accomplished attorneys in each state. The Super Lawyers selection process takes into account peer recognition, professional achievement in legal practice, and other cogent factors.

Prior to becoming an attorney, she studied at South Texas College of Law Houston. She graduated in 1980. After passing the bar exam, she was admitted to legal practice in 1980.

Rachel Stinson

Columnist

Rachel Stinson is a trial and appellate lawyer with experience in Texas and United States federal courts. Rachel works on a broad range of complex cases, including admiralty, indemnity, insurance, contract, fraud, and personal injury. She is board certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Previously, Rachel was an associate at an international law firm and spent a number of years as a law clerk in US state and federal courts.

Nicholas Bruno

Columnist

Associate, Beck Redden LLP, Trial and Appellate Attorneys

Nicholas Bruno is committed to providing high quality work for his clients. Having clerked for Justice Harvey Brown of the First Court of Appeals of Texas, he understands the importance of providing the court with clear, concise, and intellectually honest arguments.

During law school, Nicholas served as the Chief Online Content Editor of the Texas Law Review, where he was selected as a Co-Outstanding Editor of the Year. He also gained appellate experience serving as an intern for Texas Supreme Court Justice Jeff Boyd and as an intern in the appellate division of the Travis County Attorney’s Office. He was also a member of the University of Texas School of Law’s Supreme Court Clinic, in which time he helped research and draft briefs and petitions for writ of certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Kyle Lawrence

First-Year Council/Columnist

Kyle practices in Beck Redden LLP’s appellate group. He previously served as briefing attorney at Houston’s 1st and 14th Courts of Appeals.