Texas Governor Rick Perry appointed his chief of staff Jeff Boyd to finish the unexpired term of State Supreme Court Justice Dale Wainwright.
Before being chief of staff, he was the governor's general counsel. He was formerly a senior partner at the Austin office of white-shoe law firm of Thompson and Knight LLP, which would make him--as practically all of Perry's judicial appointments are--a business-oriented lawyer, apparently a civil litigation and business regulation attorney. He graduated from Round Rock High School in the now famous central Texas suburb- hometown of Dell Computer. His undergraduate degree is from Church-of-Christ-Campbellite Abilene Christian University; his law degree from similarly faith-affiliated Pepperdine University of Malibu, California. There's no indication that he has ever studied with or worked at close quarters with anyone out of his cultural-and-faith milieu, save that he was a president and board member of Volunteer Legal Services of Texas.
Dale Wainwright, an African-American former Houston-area state district court justice retired from the court to join Bracewell and Giuliani's Austin office, where the honor is less, but the money is much, much better. This will leave the Chief Justice as the only remaining African-American on the nine-member court.
Perry--whose name only has three syllables--chose one of the only people in the state who could possibly have a name shorter than his own. To appoint someone with a shorter name than Boyd's, Perry would have to name Prince to office--if only he would readopt his former name.