Justice Lawson retired from the court in 2022.
Justice Lawson started his career in private practice in 1987. He specialized in civil litigation. He left in 1995 to be able to spend more time with family. He was briefly General Counsel for a corporation (1996). Then he moved on to become Assistant County Attorney for Orange County (1997-2001).
This judge is a member of the Federalist Society.
This judge is a textualist, who uses an interpretation of the Constitution that is advocated by the Federalist Society.
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* Appointed instead of running for election because of a vacancy between election cycles.