On Friday, September 8, 2023, the Society will hold its 28th Annual Hemphill Dinner live at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas. The John Hemphill Dinner is an important event for the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society and one that members look forward to as the highlight of the year.

This year’s John Hemphill Dinner will be presided over by the Honorable Ken Wise, 2022-23 President of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society. The program will include the annual Chief Justice Jack Pope Professionalism Award presented by the Texas Center for Legal Ethics. This award recognizes a Texas appellate lawyer or judge who demonstrates the highest level of professionalism and integrity.

The keynote speaker this year is Jason Taylor, Chief of the Texas Rangers. The Texas Rangers, America’s oldest state law enforcement agency, are celebrating their landmark 200th anniversary. Justice Ken Wise will join Chief Taylor in a conversation that will surely be engaging and informative.

As in year’s past we expect this event to sell out soon so please act quickly.


Friday, September 8, 2023


Four Seasons Hotel Austin
98 San Jacinto Blvd.,
Austin, Texas 78701


General Reception - 6:30 p.m.

Dinner - 7:00 p.m.

SPEAKER:Jason Taylor   

Chief of the Texas Rangers


Presentation of Chief Justice Jack Pope Professionalism Award

Presentation of Texas Supreme Court Historical Society President’s Award

For more program information visit our website:

GUESTS:Members of the Court and their spouses are guests of the Society.


HEMPHILL SPONSORSHIP (2 Tables of 10, 6 VIP Guests)—$14,000

POPE SPONSORSHIP (1 Table, 2 VIP Guests)—$7,000


AMICUS SPONSORSHIP (2 Dinner Guests)—$1,200



Contact Mary Sue Miller, Administrative Coordinator
TSCHS Office (512) 481-1840; email -

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Jason C. Taylor

Chief, Texas Ranger Division, HQ - Austin

Jason Taylor began his
career with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) in 1998. He was
assigned to the Anahuac and New Caney offices as a State Trooper before
promoting into the Criminal Investigations Division. He served as a
Sergeant/Investigator in the Special Crimes Service in Garland and with the
Criminal Intelligence Service in Houston.

Chief Taylor was then
accepted into the Texas Ranger Division in 2008, where his first
assignment was with Company “F” – Waco and later with Company “A” – Houston. In
2011, he promoted to Ranger Lieutenant, Captain in 2014, and was subsequently
assigned to oversee the Public Integrity Unit (PIU) at Austin Headquarters
before promoting to Ranger Major in 2016, in Houston.In 2018,he was
appointed to Regional Director of DPS operations in Southeast Texas.

earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State
University and is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police
Staff and Command. He volunteers for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo,
where he serves on the Emergency Response Team. He is a four-time recipient of
the Houston 100 Club Officer of the Year Award and has received other awards
and commendations, including a DPS Regional Commander’s Award and a Ranger
Company Commander’s Award.

On October 1, 2022, he was
appointed to his current position as Chief of the Texas Ranger Division.

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