James J Scheske

James J Scheske

  • Adjunct Professor

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Jody Scheske has served as an Adjunct Professor at The University of Texas School of Law since 2014. He has also taught continuing legal education seminars, including at the State Bar of Texas Annual Convention, the Advanced Civil Trial Course, the LGBT Rights Course, the Bill of Rights Course, and the Austin Bar Association's Bench-Bar Conference. Previously, he was a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and served as partner-in-charge of the firm's Austin office.

Jody Scheske has over 30 years of experience with trials, appeals, mediations, and arbitrations. He has tried jury cases to verdict in Texas, Arkansas, Tennesse, and Indiana and has a broad range of experience in federal and state courts. 

In 2013, Mr. Scheske succesfully argued before the Texas Supreme Court for the rights of same-sex married couples to obtain a divorce in Texas courts.

He is a Master Emeritus of the Robert W. Calvert American Inn of Court and served as its President in 2010-2011. He is a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and a founding fellow of the Austin Bar Foundation. He served on the boards of directors of Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas from 2002-2010, and of the Texas Advocacy Project from 2006-2010.

Mr. Scheske is licensed to practice law by the State Bar of Texas, all United States District Courts in Texas, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits, and by the Supreme Court of the United States.