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July 26, 2000
CORNYN ANNOUNCES NEW OPINION COMMITTEE CHAIR
AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn announced today the appointment of Susan Denmon Gusky as chair of the Attorney General's Opinion Committee. Gusky replaces Elizabeth Robinson who leaves the agency at the end of July to pursue a graduate degree at Yale University.
"Thanks to the contributions of Elizabeth Robinson, the process of issuing attorney general's opinions has improved dramatically, with well-researched, legally thorough opinions being issued in a shorter amount of time. Susan Gusky's ability and experience will enable us to continue delivering improved legal service to the State of Texas," said Attorney General Cornyn.
The attorney general is required by law to render written opinions on questions of law submitted by statutorily authorized state entities and public officials. The opinion committee researches and drafts attorney general opinions, addressing all aspects of the substantive law of the State of Texas. Gusky will be responsible for advising the attorney general on legal opinions, drafting opinions, and providing oversight to committee members.
From November 1999 to June 2000, after clearing the backlog from the prior administration, the opinion committee has achieved and maintained a level of 92 or less pending opinion requests at any given time. By comparison, during the last year of the previous administration, Jan. 1998 to Dec. 1998, the committee had as many as 500 opinion requests pending at times. In addition, the committee is issuing opinions at a record pace by consistently releasing them prior to the 180-day statutory deadline.
Prior to joining the agency, Gusky was an associate with the Austin office of Baker Botts L.L.P. for seven years. She served on that office's employment committee for four years and was its coordinator for pro bono legal services for five years. In addition, she is a member of the Robert W. Calvert chapter of the American Inns of Court and serves on the Board of Directors of Zachary Scott Theatre.
Gusky earned a bachelor's degree in radio/television management from Northeast Louisiana University in 1986. She graduated with high honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 1993.
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