Meet Robert Pitman
By Samuel Knight | September 13, 2011 1:28 pm

Robert Lee Pitman (Abilene Christian University, University of Texas at Austin School of Law) is nominated to be the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas. He would replace Johnny K. Sutton, who served as the district’s U.S. Attorney from October 2001 to July 2009. The acting U.S. Attorney is John E. Murphy.

His vitals:

  • Born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1962.
  • Has been an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Austin from 2002 until the present.
  • Served as a magistrate judge in the Western District of Texas from 2003 until 2009.
  • Performed a variety of duties at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas, including
    Deputy U.S. Attorney (2001-2003); Interim U.S. Attorney (2001); and Assistant U.S. Attorney (1991-2001).
  • Was an attorney adviser for the general counsel at the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys from 1997 until 1998.
  • Was an associate at Fulbright & Jaworski in Austin from 1989 until 1990.
  • Was a law clerk at the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Texas for Hon. David O. Belew Jr. from 1988 until 1989.
  • Was a summer associate for the Austin and San Antonio offices of Fulbright & Jaworski in 1987.
  • Was a summer associate for the Fort Worth office of Haynes & Boone in 1987.
  • Was a summer associate for the Fort Worth office of Law, Snakard & Gambill in 1986.
  • Was a legislative aide to Texas House of Representatives’ member, Rep. Bob Hunter (R-Abilene), from 1985 until 1987.
  • Pro-bono and charity work includes serving as the founding president of the Lloyd Lochridge American Inn of Court in  Austin (2009-2010); serving as a board member of the Heritage Society of Austin (2006); membership in the United Way Inclusiveness Task Force (2003); membership in the Hill Country Ride for AIDS Production Team (2001-2005); and serving on the Board of Directors of United Cerebral Palsy (1993-1995).
  • Was ranked highest in the “overall” category of all federal,
    state and county judges, at both the trial and appellate levels by the Austin Bar Association in their last two bi-annual judicial evaluation polls (2009, 2011).
  • Received special commendations while working as an Assistant U.S. Attorney from the FBI, the U.S. Secret Service, the Department of State, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, the DEA, the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
  • Was awarded the Dean’s Award in Torts while a law student.
  • Fellow of Texas Bar Foundation
  • Member of the Advisory Board, Institute for Criminology and Criminal Justice.
  • Member of the Rhodes and Marshall Scholarship Committee, University of Texas at Austin.
  • Was a  member of the Supreme Court of Texas Task Force on Disciplinary Rules (2004-05)
  • Was counsel of record in more than 200 felony cases as assistant U.S. Attorney.
  • Supervised both criminal and civil litigation in all eight divisions of the district as interim U.S. Attorney and Deputy Attorney until my
    appointment to the bench in 2003.
  • Tried approximately 14 cases to verdict as sole counsel; approximately 15 cases to verdict as associate
    counsel.

Click here for his full Senate Judiciary Committee Questionnaire.

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