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Gov. Perry Appoints Willson as Justice of the 11th Court of Appeals

Wednesday, December 05, 2012  •  Austin, Texas  •  Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Michael Willson of Midland as justice of the 11th Court of Appeals for a term to expire until his successor is duly qualified.

Willson is a shareholder and vice president of Cotton, Bledsoe, Tighe and Dawson PC. He is admitted to practice law before all U.S. District Courts in Texas, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, College of the State Bar of Texas, Texas Association of Defense Counsel, and University of Notre Dame Law School Order of St. Thomas More, and is a life fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. He is a member and past president of the Midland County Bar Association, a past member of the Ector, Dallas and San Antonio Bar associations, and past chair of Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans at the Midland, Odessa, Big Spring and Fort Stockton Veterans' Legal Aid clinics. He is also a volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America Buffalo Trail Council and Crockett Elementary School's Partner in Education program, and a scholarship sponsor of the American Indian College Fund. He served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force.

Willson received a bachelor's degree from Ohio State University and a law degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School.

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