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No. 11-0265
TAMES

THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF FORT WORTH, ET AL. v. THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH, ET AL.

Oral argument was held on October 16, 2012. The Court issued an opinion resolving the case on August 30, 2013. It then denied rehearing on March 21, 2014 File Closed

In the news...

Tracking 7 articles about this case.

November 3, 2014

U.S. high court declines to hear Fort Worth Episcopal dispute

from Fort Worth Star-Telegram

The Court has issued opinions:

August 30, 2013

13 decisions in the Court’s end-of-term orders [Aug. 30, 2013]

from SCOTXblog

This article also mentions 13 other cases.

August 31, 2012

Year-End Orders – 18 sets of opinions, 5 new cases set for argument [Aug. 31, 2012]

from SCOTXblog

This article also mentions 23 other cases.

January 6, 2012

SCOTX accepts a direct appeal in one of the Episcopal Church property disputes [Jan. 6, 2012]

from SCOTXblog

Opinions

August 30, 2013

Johnson
Jefferson
Hecht
Green
Guzman

Justice Johnson delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Justice Hecht, Justice Green, and Justice Guzman joined, and in Parts I, II, III, and IV-A of which Chief Justice Jefferson joined. PDF

Willett
Lehrmann
Boyd
Devine

Justice Willett delivered a dissenting opinion, in which Justice Lehrmann, Justice Boyd, and Justice Devine joined. PDF

 

Court of Appeals

None

Trial Court

Trial Court:141st District Court
County:Tarrant
Trial Judge:Honorable John Parrish Chupp
Trial Docket:141-252083-11

Docket Entries

Date Event Outcome  
2014-11-06 Notice received  
2014-07-09 Case Stored  
2014-06-23 Letter Filed  
  This case was waiting for a possible rehearing motion between April 17, 2014 and June 23, 2014.  
2014-04-17 Miscellaneous motion disposed. See Remarks.   Denied
2014-04-17 Notice received  
2014-03-31 Reply to Response to Motion  
2014-03-27 Call received  
2014-03-27 Response to Motion filed  
2014-03-27 Phone call from Clerk's Office  
2014-03-25 Miscellaneous Motion  
2014-03-25 Call received  
2014-03-21 Mandate issued  
2014-03-21 Motion for Rehearing - Disposed Denied
2014-03-21 Call received  
  This case was waiting for a possible rehearing motion between December 27, 2013 and March 21, 2014.  
2013-12-27 Fully hyperlinked brief filed (Appellee in case)  
2013-12-19 Reply to Response to Motion for Rehearing filed (Appellee in case)  
2013-12-06 Response to Motion for Rehearing (Appellant in case)  
2013-10-30 Motion for Extension of Time to File Response  
2013-10-30 Motion for Extension of Time disposed.   Filing granted
2013-10-30 Fully hyperlinked brief filed (Appellee in case)  
2013-10-23 Supreme Court of Texas Requested Response  
2013-10-21 Letter Filed  
2013-10-18 Motion for Rehearing (Appellee in case)  
2013-09-11 Motion for Extension of Time to File Motion for Rehearing  
2013-09-11 Motion for Extension of Time to File Motion for Rehearing disposed   Filing granted
2013-08-30 Court approved judgment sent to attorneys of record Issued
2013-08-30 Opinion issued   direct appeal/judg of tc reversed; remanded to tc
2013-08-30 Dissenting opinion issued.   Issued
2013-08-30 Opinion issued Issued
  This case was awaiting the Court's decision after oral argument between April 26, 2013 and August 30, 2013.  
2013-04-26 Post submission brief filed (Appellant in case)  
2013-04-24 Additional citations received. (Appellee in case)  
2013-03-11 Amicus Curiae Letter Received  
  This case was awaiting the Court's decision after oral argument between December 11, 2012 and March 11, 2013.  
2012-12-11 Post submission brief filed (Appellee in case)  
2012-12-03 Post submission brief filed (Appellant in case)  
2012-11-15 Post submission brief filed (Appellant in case)  
2012-11-15 Post submission brief filed (Appellant in case)  
2012-11-06 Fully hyperlinked brief filed (Appellee in case)  
2012-10-16 Oral argument  
2012-10-16 Oral argument  
2012-10-15 Miscellaneous motion disposed. See Remarks.   Filing granted
2012-10-15 Exhibits in case/cause filed (Appellant in case)  
2012-10-15 Phone call from Clerk's Office  
2012-10-15 Notice requesting filing fee  
2012-10-15 Brief on the Merits (Appellee in case)  
2012-10-15 Miscellaneous motion disposed. See Remarks.   Filing granted
2012-10-15 Response to Motion filed  
2012-10-11 Miscellaneous Motion  
2012-10-11 Response to Motion filed  
2012-10-10 Miscellaneous Motion  
2012-09-28 Oral Argument Submission Form from Attorney received  
2012-09-28 Oral Argument Submission Form from Attorney received  
2012-09-24 Amicus Curiae Letter Received  
2012-09-07 Oral Argument Submission Form from Attorney received  
2012-08-31 Motion to Expedite disposed   Filing granted
2012-08-31 Case set for oral argument   Case set for oral argument
2012-08-31 Case set for oral argument Case set for oral argument
2012-08-29 Amicus Curiae Brief received  
  This case was waiting for oral argument between July 6, 2012 and August 29, 2012.  
2012-07-06 Motion to Expedite Filed  
2012-06-19 Additional citations received. (Appellee in case)  
2012-05-04 Additional citations received. (Appellee in case)  
2012-04-23 Amicus Curiae Brief received  
2012-04-06 Miscellaneous motion disposed. See Remarks.   Filing granted
2012-03-26 Fully hyperlinked brief filed (Appellee in case)  
2012-03-23 Miscellaneous Motion  
2012-03-23 Reply Brief (Appellant in case)  
2012-03-13 Pro hac vice motion disposed   Filing granted
2012-03-13 Letter Filed  
2012-03-13 Pro hac vice motion disposed   Filing granted
2012-03-12 Letter Filed  
2012-03-09 Pro hac vice motion disposed   Filing granted
2012-03-09 Pro hac vice motion disposed   Filing granted
2012-03-09 Pro hac vice motion disposed   Filing granted
2012-03-09 Pro hac vice motion disposed   Filing granted
2012-03-08 Pro hac vice motion filed  
2012-03-08 Pro hac vice motion filed  
2012-03-08 Pro hac vice motion filed  
2012-03-08 Pro hac vice motion filed  
2012-03-08 Brief on the Merits (Appellee in case)  
2012-03-08 Brief on the Merits (Appellee in case)  
2012-03-07 Letter Filed  
2012-03-05 Designation of Lead Counsel  
2012-02-27 Pro hac vice motion filed  
2012-02-27 Pro hac vice motion filed  
2012-02-27 Amicus Curiae Brief received  
2012-02-27 Phone call from Clerk's Office  
2012-02-23 Motion for Extension of Time disposed.   Filing granted
2012-02-22 Motion for Extension of Time disposed.   Filing granted
2012-02-21 Phone call from Clerk's Office  
2012-02-21 Letter Filed  
2012-02-21 Motion for Extension of Time to File Brief filed  
2012-02-21 Motion for Extension of Time to File Brief filed  
2012-02-10 Miscellaneous motion disposed. See Remarks.   Filing granted
2012-02-06 Brief on the Merits (Appellant in case)  
2012-02-03 Miscellaneous Motion  
2012-02-03 CD / Flash Drive Filed  
2012-01-20 Letter Filed  
2012-01-06 Direct Appeal disposed Jurisdiction noted in Direct Appeal.
2012-01-06 Motion to Amend disposed   Filing granted
2012-01-06 Brief on the Merits Requested
2012-01-06 Direct Appeal Grant
2012-01-06 Direct Appeal disposed Jurisdiction noted in Direct Appeal.
2012-01-06 Direct Appeal Grant
  This case was waiting for a decision about briefing or a possible grant between August 4, 2011 and January 6, 2012.  
2011-08-04 CD / Flash Drive Filed  
2011-06-27 Motion to Amend Filed  
2011-06-27 Amended Brief filed (Appellant in case)  
2011-06-22 Supplement to Clerk's/Reporter's Record  
2011-06-20 Reply to Response (Appellant in case)  
2011-06-17 Letter Filed  
2011-06-16 Response to Brief filed (Appellee in case)  
2011-06-14 Motion for Extension of Time disposed.   Filing granted
2011-06-13 Motion for Extension of Time filed  
2011-06-06 Supplement to Clerk's/Reporter's Record  
2011-06-03 CD / Flash Drive Filed  
2011-06-02 Statement of Jurisidiction  
2011-06-02 Call received  
2011-06-01 Statement of Jurisidiction  
2011-05-20 Phone call from Clerk's Office  
2011-05-20 Phone call from Clerk's Office  
2011-05-18 Clerk's Record  
2011-05-12 Supplement to Clerk's/Reporter's Record  
2011-05-12 CD / Flash Drive Filed  
2011-05-11 Corrected Notice sent to all counsel  
2011-05-11 Motion for Extension of Time disposed.   Filing granted
2011-05-10 Motion for Extension of Time filed  
2011-05-09 Call received  
2011-05-04 Motion for Extension of Time disposed.   Filing granted
2011-05-03 Direct Appeal filed (Appellant in case)  
2011-05-03 Document filed (see remarks)  
2011-05-03 Document filed (see remarks)  
2011-05-03 Docketing statement filed  
2011-05-02 Motion for Extension of Time filed  
2011-04-29 CD / Flash Drive Filed  
2011-04-29 Court reporter/recorder's record  
2011-04-13 Document filed (see remarks)  
2011-04-13 Order from Lower Court filed  
2011-04-13 Notice of Appeal filed (Appellant in case)  
2011-04-13 Docketing statement filed  

Parties

Party Counsel Role
Local Episcopal Parties
Mr. Daniel L. Tobey
Mr. Jonathan D.F. Nelson
Mr. William D. Sims Jr.
Mr. Thomas S. Leatherbury
Ms. Kathleen Wells
Appellee
Local Episcopal Congregations
Mr. Frank Gilstrap
Mr. Frank Hill
Appellee
The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth
Mr. Scott A. Brister
Mr. R. David Weaver
Mr. Kendall M. Gray
Mr. J. Shelby Sharpe
Mr. Gavin Burke Justiss
Appellant
The Episcopal Church
Ms. Sandra Cockran Liser
Ms. Mary Kostel
Mr. David Beers
Appellee

Amici Curiae

Amicus Curiae Counsel
Presbyterian Lay Committee
Mr. David B. West
Mr. Lloyd J. Lunceford
Anglican Communion Institute, Inc.
Mr. Richard R. Hayslett
Liberty Institute
Mr. Kelly J. Shackelford
Radner, Eprhaim
The Rev. Dr. Eprhaim Radner
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