Scott Durfee is a 1988 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and 1985 graduate of the University of Texas. He has been an assistant district attorney for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office since 1989, and has been chief of the General Litigation Division since 1995. His responsibilities include representation of the District Attorney and her staff in civil litigation, records management, ethics counseling, employment law, and other general counsel functions.
Scott is a regular speaker and writer on government law and criminal law issues, including the Public Information Act, legal ethics and social media, and identity theft. Scott has been a member of the State Bar’s Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct Committee since 2007, and course directed the State Bar’s Advanced Criminal Law Seminar in 2012 and the Advanced Government Law Seminar in 2013 and 2015. Scott also served as co-chair of the Houston Bar Association’s Law and the Media Committee in 2011 and 2012 (winning President’s Awards both years for his service), co-chair of the Administration of Justice Committee in 2005, chair of the Interprofessional Relations/Physicians Committee in 1994, and was an associate editor of the Houston Lawyer from 1994 to 1996. For his work with the Texas District and County Attorneys Association, he won that organization’s C. Chris Marshall Distinguished Faculty Award in 2000 and the Gerald Sommerford Civil Practitioner of the Year Award in 2014.
This is Scott’s second term as Chair of the Government Law Section’s Council. He previously chaired the Council in the 2002-2003 term.