Civics Class- OPEN TO ALL AGES- Complimentary lunch
A Conversation with Justice Jeff Brown and Attorney John Greytok
October 19th,9:45am – Noon at FEAST
Please join us on October 19th from 9:45am - Noon for an informative and informal Civics class. Please arrive by 9:45am to greet our elected officials and invited guests. We begin each meeting with music, drinks and a quick meet and greet fellowship followed by our dynamic speakers. We end with a lively fellowship over a delicious shared salad potluck luncheon.
You will be inspired by our speakers, Mr. John Greytok and Supreme Court Justice Jeff Brown. These are very principled men with Godly convictions. Come out and learn from their life experiences and vocations. Justice Brown will discuss the history of the Texas Supreme Court, the Court's place in the Texas judicial system, the types of cases it hears, and what it means to have a conservative judicial philosophy. Mr Greytok is an attorney and is very knowledgeable about the oil industry. Mr. Greytok will discuss how Texas energy fuels Texas freedom. They will both take your questions at the conclusion of their presentations.
Email Gale at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about the Civics program. Don't forget to bring a monetary donation for FEAST for the use of the room and their staffing assistance during the year. If you can stay for the lunch portion and visit with our speakers, please bring a salad to share with others at the potluck luncheon at Noon. Drinks will be provided.
Place 6- Justice Jeff Brown- Texas Supreme Court
Jeff Brown was appointed to Texas Supreme Court by Governor Rick Perry in September 2013 to replace Justice Nathan L. Hecht after Hecht's appointment as chief justice. Justice Brown took his oath October 3.Since 2007 he had been a justice on Houston's 14th Court of Appeals.
From 2001 into 2007 he served as judge of the 55th District Court. In 2009 Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson appointed Brown to the state's Multi-District Litigation Panel. In 2011 he was named Appellate Judge of the Year by the Texas Association of Civil Trial & Appellate Specialists.
Justice Brown holds board certification in civil trial law. Before becoming a judge, he practiced at Baker Botts LLP in Houston, trying jury cases throughout Southeast Texas. Before joining Baker Botts, he was a briefing attorney to Justices Jack Hightower and Greg Abbott on the Texas Supreme Court.
He is the fourth former law clerk to become a justice on the Court.
He earned his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Texas and his law degree with high honors from the University of Houston. While in law school he served as chief note and comment editor of the Houston Law Review.
In 2006, the Texas Young Lawyers Association named Brown its Outstanding Young Lawyer of Texas. He has been active in state and local bar activities, including service as judicial liaison to the Houston Young Lawyers Association, chairman of HYLA's Non-Profit Law Committee, co-chairman of the Houston Bar Association's John J. Eikenburg Law Week Fun Run and vice-chairman of TYLA's National Trial Competition. He has served on the boards of the Texas Lyceum, Houston Law Review, University of Houston Law Alumni Association, Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, Texas Center for the Judiciary and Christian Community Service Center. He also serves on LifeHouse of Houston's advisory board and as a Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo committeeman.
An Eagle Scout, Jeff served on the Sam Houston Area Boy Scouts' Urban Scouting Committee, an effort to bring Scouting to the inner city. He remains an active Scout leader, and serves as Scouting Ministries Coordinator at his church. Jeff also worked on Operation Compassion, serving food to Katrina evacuees in 2005. The Texas Jaycees named him one of Five Outstanding Young Texans in 2008.
Justice Brown has been an adjunct law professor at the University of Houston and is a member of the State Bar's Pattern Jury Charge Committee. He also serves on the editorial board of the The Advocate, the quarterly journal of the State Bar's Litigation Section. In 2008 he was elected to the American Law Institute. He has also taught for the National Judicial College.
He and his wife, Susannah, a schoolteacher, have three children, Kathleen, Rob and Gus. They are members of Bellaire United Methodist Church in Bellaire.
His term in Place 6 ends December 31, 2018.
Mr. Greytok is an attorney in Austin, Texas. Mr. Greytok earned his BA with Honors, in Economics, from UT Austin. He is also an Honors graduate of UT Law School. In a blind survey of Austin lawyers, Mr. Greytok received a Martindale Hubbell score of “AV,” the highest rating available for ability and ethical conduct. Mr. Greytok has been involved in government, politics and law for over 33 years. During his career he has worked in various positions in all branches of state government – legislative, executive and judicial. For example, Mr. Greytok served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas,and as the briefing attorney for the Chief Justice of the Austin Court of Appeals. Mr. Greytok was a Republican candidate for Texas Railroad Commissioner.
About Our Program
Our FREE Civics class meets each month at FEAST. The FEAST Civics Coordinator, Gale Sayers, spends many months handling arrangements with local and state politicians and government and civic leaders in preparation for our free Civics Classes. Please honor our guests by coming in business casual attire. No shorts. We ask that skirts or dresses be worn to knee length with no visible undergarments. No hats on male attendees.
Whole families are invited! There are no age limits and parents/grandparents do attend with the children. Students must have at least one parent/adult in attendance unless a special arrangement has been made. Attendance is open to all. Your faithful participation will ensure the success of these events,so please make it a priority on your family’s calendar to be physically present. No writing is required, but personal notes are strongly encouraged. No tests are given. Come out and enjoy a very interactive time with our guests.
FEAST Civics Field Trip to the Texas State Capitol
October 28th, 9am – 3pm
Free with RSVP
RSVP deadline is Oct. 19th)Everyone is invited to join us for a visit to our State Capitol in Austin, Texas. We will caravan from IH35 at 7:15am, OR you can meet us at the Capitol at 8:45am outside the EAST doors. You may bring your own lunch or purchase lunch at the Capitol cafeteria. We will have a room reserved inside the Capitol. Dress code is business casual. Modest clothing, please. Guys may wear a tie and /or jacket. Our Capitol trips have all been well attended and action packed. Expect to meet your elected officials, visit State offices and tour our beautiful Capitol and have fun. There is no charge to attend, but please RSVP to Gale Sayers at email@example.com by October 19th. After you RSVP, you will be contacted with final details- if we have room for you. Space is limited. Preference will be given to Civics class attendees. Also let us know if you have room in your car for others. Please do not RSVP if you are only thinking about attending. We need firm commitments to honor others who will plan for our participation.