Commission application number 345 submitted by Eric Grady on 09/24/2020

First Name Eric
Last Name Grady
Voter Unique Identification number 1153677058
Ethnicity White
Gender Male
Age 25-34
Education Level Post-Graduate Degree
Major Pursued History BA; JD
What is your occupation? Attorney
Submitted Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78703
Verified Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78703
Do you have a spouse or domestic partner? Yes
Spouse/Domestic Partner First Name Victoria
Spouse/Domestic Partner Last Name Grady
Are you applying to be the student member of the commission? No
Have you been continuously registered to vote in the City of Austin for the last five years? Yes
Have you voted in 3 of the last 5 City of Austin general elections (or corresponding runoff if applicable)? Yes
Been appointed to a state or city office? No
Been elected to a state or city office? No
Been a candidate for a state or city office? No
Served as an officer, employee, or paid consultant of a political party? No
Served as an officer, employee, or paid consultant of the campaign committee of a candidate for elective state, county, or city office? No
Been a registered state or local lobbyist? No
A paid employee of the City of Austin? No
A person performing paid services under a professional services contract with the City of Austin? No
A person performing paid services under a professional or personal services contract to the City Council of the City of Austin or to any individual member of the City Council of the City of Austin? No
A controlling person of a person performing paid services under a professional or personal services contract to any member of the City Council of the City of Austin? No
Contribute or bundle one thousand dollars ($1,000) or more in aggregate to candidates for City of Austin elective office? No
Please describe your relevant analytical skills. I have been a practicing attorney for over 10 years. During that time, I have worked on large litigation matters and smaller contested case hearings concerning state regulatory matters (at TCEQ). The majority of my professional career to this point has been spent working for the Texas Senate, first as a bill analyst, then as a staff attorney. Each legislative session I draft a number of complex bills and evaluate 3,000+ bills and joint resolutions for accuracy and internal consistency and to ensure accurate incorporation of committee and floor substitutes and amendments, all of which requires careful analysis of all of the parts of each bill, as well as how the bill might affect other statutory provisions.
Please describe your ability to be impartial. I am required to practice impartiality every day in my job. I work for a nonpartisan central staff office of the Texas Senate. In my role as a staff attorney there, my team reviews all legislation that will be heard in committee or on the Senate floor in an impartial manner. We also draft bills for numerous members of both parties, sometimes even drafting competing bills on the same subject. It is imperative in my role to handle the workload in an impartial manner- in my capacity as a drafter by providing a bill draft requestor with the requested material or in my capacity as a reviewer considering all possible legal objections to the bill under review.
Please describe your appreciation for the City of Austin's diverse demographics and geography. I have lived in Austin for almost 10 years. And the city today is a different city than it was when I moved here. I know that people have been saying that for 50 years, but the rapid pace of growth over the last 10 years has been staggering. That's what happens when both your city and metro area are at the top or near the top of all of the growth lists for a decade. And while that growth has brought a lot of exciting developments, it has also brought the challenges that rapid growth brings anywhere it occurs. But I recognize that a big part of the reason people move here is because they see a city where they can see themselves living comfortably; they see, among the bevy of neighborhoods, at least one neighborhood where they want to be. I truly cherish the city's neighborhoods and the sense of community that each one has. I have lived in Riverside, Clarksville, and now Deep Eddy. I moved here fresh out of law school and am now married with a young daughter and can appreciate the city's constantly changing makeup. I have worked in Walnut Creek and now work at the Capitol. And I have friends who live near McKinney Falls, in the East Side, Mueller, Rosedale, and up North Lamar. And I have had friends who lived in West Campus and South Lamar. They all love their neighborhoods because each one provides a distinct sense of place, not only because of their geography (the shops, restaurants, and general feel), but also because of the people, the communities, that live in each one and make it unique. I think one of the most important roles, if not the major role, of the redistricting committee is to make sure that those communities are adequately represented at city hall by striving to ensure, as best as it can, that each neighborhood and community is kept together in a single district and not split apart.
Please provide your employment history. Engrossing and Enrolling Department, Texas Senate, Austin, Texas Staff Attorney, February 2018 - Present o Serve as a member of the general counsel team for the Secretary of the Senate and provide legal advice on various topics, including reviewing state property leases, employment matters, and responses to Public Information Act requests o Perform special projects under the direction of the Secretary o Draft complex bills and concurrent resolutions and numerous legal memoranda o Evaluate bills and joint resolutions each session for accuracy and internal consistency; ensure accurate incorporation of committee and floor substitutes and amendments Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Austin, Texas Litigation Attorney, April 2016 - February 2018 o Served Represented agency's Executive Director in contested administrative enforcement hearings and in negotiations with adverse party respondents. o Provided legal opinions and advice to agency staff, interpreting environmental laws, regulations, and policies. Engrossing and Enrolling Department, Texas Senate, Austin, Texas Staff Attorney, December 2012 - April 2016 o Served as a member of the general counsel team for the Secretary of the Senate and provided legal advice on various topics, including reviewing state property leases, employment matters, and responses to Public Information Act requests o Performed special projects under the direction of the Secretary, including work on the Bylaws and Rules of Procedure of the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Standing Orders of the American Society of Legislative Clerks & Secretaries, the Rules of the Texas Senate, and other Texas Senate publications o Drafted complex bills and concurrent resolutions, including more than 40 bills in the 84th Regular Session o Wrote numerous legal memoranda, including a summary of all 83rd Session legislation affecting Senators o Evaluated 3,000+ bills and joint resolutions each session for accuracy and internal consistency; ensured accurate incorporation of committee and floor substitutes and amendments Knockninny Hill, L.L.C., Lake Jackson, Texas Contract Legal Consultant, October 2010 - December 2012 o Served as lead counsel in a delinquent property tax suit and a Chapter 29, Texas Property Code case o Provided focused legal advice and assistance concerning landlord/tenant issues, including lease formation considerations, utility disputes between multiple tenants on ranch property, eviction proceedings, and a Texas Real Estate Commission complaint Donovan and Watkins, Houston, Texas Quality Control Review Attorney (contract), April 2012 - July 2012 o Reviewed teams of attorneys’ work product in response to multi-district litigation and Department of Justice requests for production in a large and complex oil and gas matter; collaborated with management to identify and correct consistent coding errors; helped to successfully meet multiple rolling litigation deadlines o Developed expert level skill in Relativity and Autonomy document review platforms Document Review Attorney (contract), August 2011 - April 2012 o Reviewed documents and conducted e-discovery for various energy-related cases in litigation Texas Senate Research Center, Austin, Texas Bill Analyst, January - August 2011, 82nd Legislature, Regular Session and First Called Session o Analyzed upcoming Senate legislation, wrote 800+ official, nonpartisan bill analyses for filed, substituted, engrossed, and enrolled Senate bills and for engrossed and enrolled House bills; concentrated on Senate Committees on Criminal Justice, Government Organization, Intergovernmental Relations, International Relations & Trade, and Jurisprudence
Please provide any other information you wish to be considered during the selection of the most qualified applicants for the Commission. One of the most interesting courses I took in law school was a class on voting rights, which focused on, among other things, the redistricting process and the importance of keeping together communities of interest in drawing district lines. I hope to bring the knowledge gained in that class to any work on the committee in which I may be fortunate enough to partake. Additionally, both my wife and I are state employees, and I think in the state capital, where so many residents are government employees, it is imperative to have that significant part of the workforce represented on any group that will be making significant decisions about how the city moves forward, which this commission will certainly be doing in helping to determine city council districts for the next decade. I also think that it is important to include the voices of younger adults who live in the city not as students in the decision-making process, as well, and I would encourage the selection committee to keep age diversity in mind, as well as ethnic and geographic diversity, in their selection process.
How did you hear about redistricting/Applicant Review Panel? Newspaper
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Disclaimer Signature Eric Grady
District District 10
Does this application qualify? Yes