The headline is a quote by keynote speaker Judge Bill Gravell, Jr. and a sentiment shared by many in the 368th District Courtroom as Judge John McMaster administered the oath to Williamson County’s newest Judge, Rick J. Kennon. The standing-room-only ceremony was packed with family, friends, colleagues, elected officials, law enforcement, prominent businessmen and dozens of cameras.
Judge Kennon officially announced his candidacy for the bench in September, however Governor Rick Perry appointed him to the job October 7 to fill the seat vacated by Judge Burt Carnes, who officially retired October 31. Judge Kennon’s appointment will run until the next general election; so not only will he have a year’s experience in the job he has dreamed about for 29 years, his campaign requires only a minor change to the slogan—“Keep” Rick Kennon for Judge 368th District—and continues full-steam ahead.
Kennon has been a trial attorney for nearly three decades and has been in private practice for the past 24 years. He is a former assistant attorney general under Texas Attorney General Jim Mattox and a former prosecutor for the Travis County Attorney’s Office. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the State Bar Family Law Section, and the Williamson County Bar Association. He is also a past member of the Austin Bar Association.
Judge Billy Ray Stubblefield and Williamson County Bar Association President Todd Nickle spoke and praised Kennon’s long career and commitment to service as well as his wisdom in law. Judge Gravell, extemporaneous and eloquent, shared a story about a single mother who appeared in his court in a difficult divorce situation. As a Judge he was unable to assist but told her Attorney Rick Kennon would certainly help her; before he even picked up the phone to ask. Mr. Kennon agreed without hesitation and his kindness to support of his client inspired her so much that she is now planning to go to law school herself.
Judge Kennon spoke last and assured guests, “It is an honor to be appointed Judge for the 368th Judicial District Court by Governor Rick Perry. Thank you to all who have shown your faith in me and supported me and I look forward to serving the citizens of Williamson County.”
Reprinted from WilcoOnline.com