Appellate Advocacy Blog

Editor: Tessa L. Dysart
The University of Arizona
James E. Rogers College of Law

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

#TwitterTuesday--Free Willett


In late September, President Trump announced his intention to nominate Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  Justice Willett, the "Tweeter Laureate of Texas" and well-known for his humorous twitter feed, has not tweeted since the nomination was announced.  Frankly, I am not surprised.  I worked on judicial nominations for the Department of Justice and the Senate Judiciary Committee in the early days of Twitter.  Vetting a tweeting nominee would be a lot of work, and it makes sense for him to take a pause during the confirmation process.  

Despite the pragmatic nature of Justice Willett's Twitter absence, Twitter seems a little less fun without him.  In fact, there is a #FreeWillett movement seeking to bring him back.


Since I don't think that we will see Justice Willett back on Twitter anytime soon, here are a few other judges you can follow on Twitter during Justice Willett's absence:

Justice Jeff Brown (@JudgeJeffBrown)--If you followed Justice Willett for all things Texas, then following Justice Brown won't disappoint.  Justice Brown also highlights relevant days in legal history for his followers.

If it is the memes you miss, then follow Chief Judge Stephen Dillard (@JudgeDillard).  But, be prepared for a lot of tweets on Samford football, which isn't too bad since they are having a good year.

Finally, if it is the Q&A you miss, then follow Justice Beth Walker (@bethwalkr).  Justice Walker is great about answering questions regarding the judicial process.

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