NCJW Austin Luncheon Features Texas Impact

NCJW Austin Luncheon Features Texas Impact

NCJW hosts Texas Impact's Joshua Houston at its September 4 luncheon. Courtesy of Texas Impact.

By Ellen Sable

NCJW Austin is featuring guest speaker Joshua Houston from Texas Impact at its first luncheon of the year Tuesday, September 4.

Texas Impact is a statewide religious grassroots network whose members include individuals, congregations and governing bodies of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths. Texas Impact advocates for freedom, justice and economic opportunity for all people, consistent with the values of mainstream faith communities.

Houston will discuss Texas Impact and how NCJW can get involved with making change in the current political climate.

Houston serves as Texas Impact's attorney performing legislative and regulatory affairs, and is also the in-house counsel for Texas Impact's sister organization, the Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy.  Strategically involved in all aspects of the Texas Impact legislative agenda, his primary policy and legal expertise focus on electric and water utilities; consumer finance; healthcare; food; First Amendment; administrative, election and campaign finance law.

He represents Texas Impact and small commercial customers as a voting member of ERCOT, is a member of the Administrative and Public Law, Environmental and Natural Resources Law, Family Law, Government Law, Public Utility Law, and Legislative and Campaign Law Sections of the Texas State Bar, and is a member of the Administrative Law Section of the Austin Bar Association.

Houston joined Texas Impact in August 2010.

He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence in May 2010 from the University of Texas School of Law.

In 2007, he received a master of theological studies from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He completed his undergraduate work in 2004 at Texas A&M University with a bachelor of arts in history with a minor in philosophy. Houston currently attends the First United Methodist Church in Austin, is married and has two cats and a dog.

Before coming to Texas Impact, Houston spent the 81st Legislative Session as a law clerk and legislative assistant in the Texas House of Representatives. During the 79th Legislative Session, he was a public policy consultant for the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission, the public policy and ethics arm of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. While at CLC, he specialized in criminal justice, gambling, campaign finance, education and First Amendment issues.

During law school, he interned at the Travis County District Attorney’s Office in the 147th District Court, was on the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial team, and worked as a student attorney in UT Law's Actual Innocence and Legislative Lawyering Clinics.

NCJW’s September 4 event will be held a Cover 3,  2700 Anderson Lane, from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $20 for NCJW members and $23 for non-members. ■

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