Through a deep understanding of his role as an appellate jurist, Justice Scott Field has established himself as a strict adherent to the Constitution who understands that appellate judges should interpret and enforce the law, not create the law. Since Justice Field’s election to the Third Court of Appeals in 2012, the Court’s backlog has all but disappeared. When Justice Field arrived, there were over 80 cases that had been pending at the Court for over two years. As of June 2017, there were none. During that same time, the Court has cut over two months from the average disposition of its cases.
Although the credit for the Court’s improvement cannot be attributed solely to Justice Field, he has ranked among the most efficient appellate justices in the State of Texas, including a ranking in the top three for each of the last two years in the number of opinions written. In short, Justice Field has done what the people of the 24 counties that constitute the Third District elected him to do—he has decided cases in an efficient manner while striving to apply the law as written and not to legislate from the bench.
A native Texan, Justice Field was born in Houston and grew up in Wellborn, a small town just south of College Station. There, he met his high-school sweetheart, Melinda, and they later married while attending Texas A&M University. Upon graduation from Texas A&M, Justice Field attended the University of Texas School of Law. Justice Field then served as a law clerk to Hon. Raul Gonzalez on the Supreme Court of Texas before beginning his private practice at Baker Botts LLP. He later formed York, Keller & Field, LLP and The Field Law Firm, PLLC. During his time in private practice, Justice Field tried many cases and handled numerous appeals, including appeals in many of the Texas courts of appeals, the Supreme Court of Texas, and the United States Supreme Court.
Justice Field and Melinda live in Austin and have three sons, ages 22, 20, and 17.