Judge Lynn Hughes, Southern Texas U.S. District Court

Judge Lynn Hughes

Southern Texas U.S. District Court

Lynn Nettleton Hughes was born in September 1941 in Houston, Texas. He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and a Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law. He engaged in private practice. He later received a Master of Laws from the University of Virginia School of Law. 

He was a judge on the 165th judicial district for the State of Texas and later a judge for the 189th judicial district. He was an adjunct professor at the South Texas School of Law and later at the University of Texas School of Law.

Hughes was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. He was confirmed by the Senate and received his commission in December 1985.

In the News…

Judge Lynn Hughes of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas has barred the University of Houston from enforcing a student speech policy that includes “denigrating jokes” as a form of punishable harassment. Judge Hughes ruled in favor of free speech saying the school’s policy violated the free speech protections under the First Amendment. 

“The university cannot choose to abide by the First Amendment in the Constitution,” the judge wrote in the three-page order. “It is not guidance—it is law. Restraint on free speech is prohibited absent limited circumstances carefully prescribed by the Supreme Court. Any limitation deserves the utmost scrutiny.” 

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Judge Hughes today? You can let him know at:

The Honorable Lynn Hughes
U.S. District Court for Southern District of Texas
515 Rusk Street
Houston, TX 77002


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