The University of Houston Law Center Faculty

Judge George C. Hanks
Magistrate Judge

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Justice George C. Hanks, Jr., is a native of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. Prior to joining the First Court of Appeals, he served as judge of the 157th District Court in Houston. In private practice, Justice Hanks was a shareholder in the law firm of Wickliff & Hall, P.C. where he specialized in commercial and medical malpractice litigation. He previously worked at the law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P.

Justice Hanks graduated first in his class from Louisiana State University, receiving his Bachelor of Arts in economics, summa cum laude. Justice Hanks attended Harvard Law School where he received the Legal Defense Fund/Earl Warren Scholarship and was an editor of the Harvard Blackletter Law Journal. Upon graduation, he served as a law clerk for United States District Court Judge Sim Lake.

Justice Hanks is a member of the American Law Institute, an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center, and a faculty member of the National Judicial College and National Institute for Trial Advocacy. He is a published legal author and lecturer at continuing legal education seminars throughout the country and currently serves as a member of the State Bar Committee on Pattern Jury Charges. He has served on the Texas Judicial Panel for Multi-District Litigation and the Board of Directors of the Judicial Section of the State Bar of Texas.

Justice Hanks is admitted to the Texas and District of Columbia bars and is currently a member of the National Bar Association, the College of the State Bar of Texas, the Fifth Circuit Federal Bar Association, the Customs and International Trade Bar Association, the Houston Lawyers Association, and the Houston Bar Association. He is a former special disciplinary counsel for the Texas State Bar Commission for Lawyer Discipline and a former chairman and member of the District 4F State Bar Grievance Committee in Houston.

Justice Hanks is active in the community as a volunteer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Greater Houston Chapter of the American Red Cross. He has also served as a volunteer and a member on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Houston, Sheltering Arms and the Ensemble Theatre.

Justice Hanks is a private pilot, master scuba diver and student of World War II aviation history.

Recent Publications:
G. Hanks, “Public Service and the Law,” 43 HOUSTON LAWYER 11 (2006)

G. Hanks, Contribution and Indemnity after HB4, 67 TEX. B.J. 936 (2004)

G. Hanks and R. Polinger-Hyman, Redefining the Battlefield-Expert Reports in Medical Malpractice Litigation after HB4, 67 TEX. B.J. 288 (2004)

G. Hanks, Gazing into the Murky Crystal Ball: The Rise of Design Professional Liability for the Criminal Acts of Third Parties 4 HOUS. BUSN. & TAX L.J. 339 (2004)