H.R. No. 2813
         WHEREAS, Justice Sam Griffith is retiring from the 12th Court
  of Appeals in 2015, drawing to a close a notable tenure on the court
  that has spanned 14 years; and
         WHEREAS, Justice Griffith earned his bachelor's and master's
  degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University, and he received
  his law degree from St. Mary's School of Law; he began his legal
  career as a briefing attorney for Justice Paul S. Colley of the 12th
  Court of Appeals before entering private practice in Tyler; from
  1997 to 1998, he was a juvenile court judge for County Court at Law
  No. 3 of Smith County, and from 1999 through 2000, he returned to
  private practice; he was elected to the 12th Court of Appeals in
  2000 and began his first term on January 1, 2001, and he was
  reelected unopposed in 2006 and 2012; and
         WHEREAS, Board certified in criminal law and criminal
  appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Justice
  Griffith is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Smith County
  Bar Association; he is a member of the Texas Bar Association
  Judicial and Appellate Sections, and he has served on the Texas Bar
  Association Committee on Law Focused Education; he has been
  admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Fifth
  Circuit, and the U.S. Eastern and Northern Districts of Texas; and
         WHEREAS, Justice Griffith has taught U.S. constitutional law
  at Yunnan University School of Law in China and at Koya University
  in Iraq; he has published and delivered articles on a variety of
  topics, from law to social psychology, and he is a regular speaker
  at legal seminars on criminal appeals and evidentiary issues; and
         WHEREAS, Despite his busy professional life, Justice
  Griffith has also found time to dedicate himself to community
  service; he has been chair of the board of directors of the local
  YMCA, secretary of the board of the Boys & Girls Club of Smith
  County, and a member of the board of the East Texas Farm and Ranch
  Club; he is active with the East Texas Food Bank food garden, and he
  has won more than 50 ribbons at the East Texas State Fair for the
  vegetables he has grown; and
         WHEREAS, A man of profound religious faith, Justice Griffith
  is also active in Christian missionary work, leading or
  participating in mission trips to Sudan, Rwanda, Uganda, El
  Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, and Guatemala; his mission work in Iraq
  earned him the Global Encourager Award from the Global Evangelistic
  Relations Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, and in
  2013, he received the Servant Leadership Award from the Texas
  TeenPact Leadership Schools; and
         WHEREAS, Justice Griffith's professionalism, integrity, and
  dedication to the law have greatly benefited his fellow Texans and
  earned him the respect and admiration of his peers, and he may
  indeed reflect with pride on his service to the 12th Court of
  Appeals as he embarks on the next exciting chapter of his life; now,
  therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 84th Texas
  Legislature hereby congratulate Justice Sam Griffith on his
  retirement from the 12th Court of Appeals and extend to him sincere
  best wishes for continued success and happiness; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for Justice Griffith as an expression of high regard by the
  Texas House of Representatives.
  Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.R. No. 2813 was adopted by the House on May
  21, 2015, by a non-record vote.
  Chief Clerk of the House