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No. 20-0127
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IN RE DIOCESE OF LUBBOCK

A mandamus petition was filed on February 20, 2020. Oral argument was held on January 6, 2021. The Court issued an opinion resolving the case on June 11, 2021.

Opinions

June 11, 2021

Devine
Hecht
Guzman
Lehrmann
Blacklock
Busby
Bland
Huddle

Justice Devine delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Chief Justice Hecht, Justice Guzman, Justice Lehrmann, Justice Blacklock, Justice Busby, Justice Bland, and Justice Huddle joined. PDF

Boyd

Justice Boyd delivered a dissenting opinion.View Electronic Briefs | Oral Argument PDF

Blacklock

Justice Blacklock delivered a concurring opinion. PDF

Court of Appeals

Appellate District:7th Court of Appeals
Outcome Below:Denied
COA Docket No.:07-19-00307-CV
Opinion Author:Honorable Brian P. Quinn

Trial Court

Trial Court:237th District Court
County:Lubbock
Trial Judge:Honorable Leslie F. Hatch
Trial Docket:2019-534,677

Entries on SCOTX Orders Lists

Upcoming

Date Event  
2021-06-28 Motion for rehearing due to be filed.

Docket Entries

Date Event Outcome  
2021-06-11 Dissenting opinion issued.   Issued
2021-06-11 Opinion issued   Writ of Mandamus conditionally granted
2021-06-11 Concurring Opinion issued.   Issued
  This case was awaiting the Court's decision after oral argument between April 8, 2021 and June 11, 2021.  
2021-04-08 Call received  
2021-04-08 Additional citations received.  
  This case was awaiting the Court's decision after oral argument between January 6, 2021 and April 8, 2021.  
2021-01-06 Oral argument  
2020-12-30 Submission Schedule
2020-12-18 Notice from Counsel of a change in address  
2020-12-09 Letter sent to parties from Supreme Court - See Remarks  
2020-12-09 Oral Argument Submission Form from Attorney received  
2020-12-09 Oral Argument Submission Form from Attorney received  
2020-11-20 Motion to Argue disposed   Filing granted
2020-11-06 Motion to Argue filed  
2020-10-13 Oral Argument Submission Form from Attorney received  
2020-10-02 Case set for oral argument   Case set for oral argument
2020-10-02 Mandamus Set to Argue
2020-10-02 Petition for Writ of Mandamus disposed Case set for oral argument
2020-08-24 Amicus Curiae Brief received  
2020-08-10 Reply Brief (Relator)  
2020-08-03 Amicus Curiae Brief received  
2020-07-27 Brief on the Merits (Real Parties in Interest)  
2020-07-08 Call received  
2020-07-06 Brief on the Merits (Relator)  
2020-06-19 Motion to Consolidate disposed   Filing granted
2020-06-15 Motion to Consolidate filed  
2020-06-05 Brief on the Merits Requested  
2020-04-22 Amicus Curiae Brief received  
2020-04-20 Call received  
2020-04-08 Pro hac vice motion disposed   Filing granted
2020-04-08 Pro hac vice motion disposed   Filing granted
2020-04-08 Pro hac vice motion disposed   Filing granted
2020-04-08 Pro hac vice motion disposed   Filing granted
2020-04-08 Pro hac vice motion filed  
2020-04-08 Pro hac vice motion filed  
2020-04-08 Pro hac vice motion filed  
2020-04-08 Pro hac vice motion filed  
2020-04-07 Pro hac vice motion disposed   Filing granted
2020-04-07 Call received  
2020-04-07 Reply to Response (Relator)  
2020-04-07 Pro hac vice motion disposed   Filing granted
2020-04-07 Pro hac vice motion disposed   Filing granted
2020-04-07 Pro hac vice motion disposed   Filing granted
2020-04-06 Pro hac vice motion filed  
2020-04-06 Amicus Curiae Brief received  
2020-04-06 Pro hac vice motion filed  
2020-04-06 Pro hac vice motion filed  
2020-04-06 Pro hac vice motion filed  
2020-03-24 Call received  
2020-03-23 Response to Petition for Writ of Mandamus Filed (Real Parties in Interest)  
2020-03-20 Call received  
2020-03-20 Pro hac vice motion disposed   Filing granted
2020-03-20 Pro hac vice motion disposed   Filing granted
2020-03-19 Pro hac vice motion filed  
2020-03-19 Amicus Curiae Brief received  
2020-03-16 Pro hac vice motion filed  
2020-03-06 Amicus Curiae Brief received  
2020-02-27 Amicus Curiae Brief received  
2020-02-25 Case forwarded to Court
2020-02-21 Pro hac vice motion disposed   Filing granted
2020-02-21 Case Record Filed  
2020-02-21 Pro hac vice motion filed  
2020-02-21 Pro hac vice motion disposed   Filing granted
2020-02-21 Pro hac vice motion disposed   Filing granted
2020-02-21 Pro hac vice motion filed  
2020-02-21 Pro hac vice motion filed  
2020-02-21 Pro hac vice motion filed  
2020-02-21 Case Record Filed  
2020-02-21 Call received  
2020-02-21 Pro hac vice motion disposed   Filing granted
2020-02-20 Court reporter/recorder's record
2020-02-20 Petition for Writ of Mandamus filed (Relator)  

Parties

Party Counsel Role
Diocese of Lubbock
Mr. Eric Christopher Rassbach
Mr. Thomas C. Riney
Ms. Kerri L. Stampes
Mr. Alex L. Yarbrough
Mr. Victor H. Wanjura
William J. Haun
Eric S. Baxter
Relator
Guerrero, Jesus
Mr. Nick Luis Olguin
Mr. Ryan E. Price
Real Party In Interest

Amici Curiae

Amicus Curiae Counsel
Members of the Texas Legislature
Mr. Cameron L. Davis
Mr. Scott A. Brister
Ms. Kathryn E. Boatman
The State of Texas
Mr. Ryan Lee Bangert
Mr. Jeffrey C. Mateer
Atty. Gen. W. Kenneth Paxton Jr.
Mr. Kyle D. Hawkins
Ms. Natalie D. Thompson
Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops
Mr. Steven C. Levatino
Jewish Coalition for Religious Liberty
Mr. Allen Ryan Paulsen
Mr. Ryan N. Gardner
CHILD USA
Ms. Jessica C. Schidlow
Ms. Alice A. Bohn
Ms. Tahira Khan Merritt
Ms. Marci A. Hamilton
Mr. Robert D. Friedman
Texas Ethics and Religious Liberty Committee of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention
Mr. Michael B. Bennett
Baptist General Convention of Texas
Mr. Michael B. Bennett
Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention
Mr. Michael B. Bennett
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