Faculty Profile: Hugh L Brady
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Hugh L. Brady is director of the Legislative Lawyering Clinic at The University of Texas School of Law. "Without ever stepping on the House floor, Hugh Brady . . . had a larger impact on the 78th Legislature than many representatives did," reported the Texas Observer in 2003. An acknowledged expert on the Texas legislative process, Brady is the editor of Texas House Practice, considered the authoritative text on the Texas House Rules, and of Texas Senate Practice, a core material supplementing the Texas Senate Rules. He is the Parliamentarian for the Texas House of Representatives, appointed by Speaker Bonnen in January 2019. Before becoming a House officer, Brady maintained a private practice in legislative, administrative, and appellate law and provided advice on complicated legislative and legal issues to Texas lawmakers of both parties and local officials. He was appointed by President Obama to serve as general counsel for the White House Office of Administration and held that position from 2014-2017.
He is admitted to the practice of law in Texas and Vermont, and is a member of the bars of the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas. Brady is a member of the Education Committee of the Institute of Parliamentary and Political Law in Ottawa and serves on the Legislative Committee of the Austin Bar Association. In 2011, the UT Student Bar Association named Brady as one of two Faculty Members of the Year.
Brady was editor-in-chief of the Boston University Public Interest Law Journal, worked for United States Circuit Judge Juan Torruella (who was appointed by President Reagan), and sat for and passed the Texas bar examination while still a third-year law student. Before becoming a lawyer, Brady worked as a reporter, political newsletter publisher, lobbyist, marketing firm executive, and legislative aide. The son of a preacher and a horsewoman, he was raised in Jack, Palo Pinto, and Dallas counties.