Carl Reynolds, Director of the Texas Administrative Office of the Courts, is retiring. Here is his biography, as distributed at the January 2012 Shared Solutions Summit:
Carl Reynolds is an attorney with extensive experience in all three branches of Texas state government. He is currently the Director of the Office of Court Administration in the judicial branch. From 1997 to 2005, he was General Counsel for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), the executive branch agency responsible for prisons, probation, and parole. From 1993 to 1997, he was General Counsel to the Texas Board of Criminal Justice, which is the governing body for TDCJ. Prior to 1993, he was the Executive Director of the Texas Punishment Standards Commission (a blue-ribbon legislative agency charged with reforming the State’s sentencing laws and corrections resources), General Counsel to the Texas Senate Committee on Criminal Justice, Director of the Senate’s redistricting staff, and a briefing attorney for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Mr. Reynolds maintains a number of involvements with state and national organizations in the justice arena, including active involvement (either current or past) with the following organizations: National Center for State Courts; Conference of State Court Administrators; Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth & Families; American Bar Association Sentencing Committee; ABA Task Force on the Legal Status of Prisoners; Council of State Governments Justice Center; National Institute of Corrections; American Correctional Association; Vera Institute of Justice; Center for Criminology and Criminal Justice Research, University of Texas at Austin; Edna McConnell Clark Foundation; National Association of Sentencing Commissions; National Conference of State Legislatures; and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Austin. Mr. Reynolds holds a J.D. with honors from the University of Texas School of Law, a master’s degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and a B.A. with honors from the University of Cincinnati.
Carl’s blog at the Texas Courts includes his retirement post.
Having worked with Carl on both national and Texas issues, I can attest to his dedication and intelligence. I think of him as a model public servant. He has both a strong vision and a clear commitment to respecting the views of a broad and diverse public. We need more like him.