J. Terry Weeks
Terry Weeks has a B.A. and an M.A. from The University of Texas in English Literature. He taught at The University of Texas and The University of Maryland before entering UT Law School, where he graduated in 1967 with an L.L.B. During law school, and for the first year and a half after, he was a staff attorney for the Travis County Legal Aid and Defender Society. He then became Texas’ first juvenile court attorney for the Juvenile Court of Travis County, Texas, working with Bill Anderson, who was instrumental in most of the changes that occurred in juvenile law in the latter half of the 20th century. Weeks and Anderson developed a juvenile defender system in cooperation with the UT Law School and also introduced the bifurcated conviction/sentence trial to the juvenile court. Weeks also represented the Travis County Child Welfare Unit in all of its termination, abuse, and dependency and neglect cases.
In 1970, Terry entered into full time private practice which continues to the present. In 1975, he was one of the 150 lawyers allowed to take the first Family Law Specialty exam and one of the 99 who passed it. He has been Board Certified since that time.
Terry has won and collected a million dollar products liability jury trial judgment. He has participated in a number of complex real estate and commercial litigation cases, often with a jury. Presently, his practice consists almost entirely of complex property and custody cases in the Family Law area and appeals.
Terry has been involved in a number of continuing legal education activities, from serving on the State committee, to participation in various institutes and seminars. In 1979, he was awarded the Presidential Citation from the State Bar for his work in continuing legal education activities. Along with Phil Friday and Cicily Simms (both Board Certified) he founded the Austin Mediation Society in 1980.
Terry is also recognized by fellow attorneys for displaying the highest ethical standards and professional ability as evidenced by his Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating.
Areas of Practice:
- Family Law
- Civil Trials and Appeals
- Texas, 1967
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, 1970
- The University of Texas – 1961 – B.A.
- The University of Texas – 1963 – M.A.
- The University of Texas – 1967 – LLB
- Board Certified – Family Law, 1975
- Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas
- Association of Family and Conciliation Courts