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Scott Durfee - Office Of The General Counsel

Scott Durfee supervises the General Litigation Division, the Appellate Division, the Post Conviction Writs Division and the Conviction Review Section.  He also represents the district attorney and her staff in civil proceedings at all levels of state and federal court.

A 1988 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, he has been an assistant district attorney in Houston since 1989, first as a trial prosecutor, then as an appellate prosecutor, and since 1995, as counsel for seven district attorneys.

A frequent writer and speaker for the State Bar of Texas and other legal education providers on topics including criminal procedure, ethics, open government, media relations and identity theft, Scott is also a longtime member of the State Bar’s Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct Committee.  Scott is currently completing his second term as Chair of the State Bar’s Government Law Section Council.   He has won two President’s Awards from the Houston Bar Association for his service as Chair of the Law and the Media Committee, as well as the Texas District and County Attorneys Association’s C. Chris Marshall Distinguished Faculty Award in 2000, and Gerald Summerford Civil Practitioner of the Year Award in 2014 for his contributions to educating prosecutors statewide.