Carson Guy

About Carson Guy

Carson Guy is a staff attorney at the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Before that, he was in private practice and also served as a Briefing Attorney at the Court. Carson is admitted to practice law in the state of Texas and the Western District of Texas. He graduated from St. Mary’s School of Law in May 2011 and was awarded his Bachelor of Arts in 2007 from Texas State University.

While attending law school in San Antonio, Carson met his beautiful wife, who is now a prosecutor in the Lampasas County Attorney's Office. They married after law school, moved to the Austin area, and have been practicing there since.

Contact Details

Carson Guy
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
201 West 14th Street, Room 106
Austin, Texas78701


St. Mary's University School of Law

Juris Doctor May 2011

Carson Guy matriculated at St. Mary's University School of Law in 2008. While attending St. Mary's, Carson was a Staff Writer and then Associate Editor of The Scholar: St. Mary's Law Review on Race and Social Justice. Carson was also the research assistant for Professor Schmolesky and assisted in writing and editing a six volume Thomas-West publication entitled: Criminal Practice and Procedure: Texas Practice Series (3d ed. 2011). He was also a teaching assistant for Legal Research & Writing, earned a St. Mary's School of Law Pro Bono Work Certificate volunteering at the St. Mary's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA IRS Program), and was admitted as a pupil in Phi Delta Phi—the international legal honor society—and The William S. Sessions American Inn of Court.

Texas State University

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science December 2007

Carson majored in Political Science and minored in Business Management. While attending Texas State University, he wrote for the school newspaper, The University Star, and was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha—the political science honors society. Carson served as the undergraduate student-body Treasurer for the Associated Student Government among other roles and activities. He currently is an active member of the Austin Chapter of the Texas State Alumni Association.


Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

Staff Attorney April 2013 — Present

As a staff attorney at the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Carson Guy reviews death-penalty cases, petitions for discretionary review, applications for a writ of habeas corpus, and other extraordinary writs (e.g., mandamus, prohibition, etc.). He also drafts opinions, writes memorandums, and assists the Judge in her capacity as chairs of the Court's Criminal Justice Integrity Unit (Unit) and the Judicial and Court Personnel Training Fund (Grant). In his time at the Court, Carson has also lectured and has authored of a number of papers.

Texas Association of Appellate Court Attorneys

President June 2015 — Current

Carson joined the Texas Association of Appellate Court Attorneys (TAACA) in 2012 as the Secretary of the organization. At the 2014 annual meeting, he was voted President-Elect by the membership and will hold that position until 2015.


Texas Bar Journal

Get Smart How cellphones and social media are impacting the law—from jurors tweeting during trial to prosecutors texting judges. November 2013—76 Tex. B.J. 10, 971-74

Specialty Drug and Hybrid Drug Courts in Texas April 2014—77 Tex. B.J. 300, 317

Court Costs Break Down: What are they, why do I have to pay them, and where do they go? December 2015—78 Tex. B.J. 850, 874—75

Advanced Criminal Law Seminars

Brady: Practical Considerations July 2014

Getting it Right: Addressing Wrongful Convictions July 2015


Center for American & International Law

Establishing Innocence or Guilt: An Update on the Law of Brady July 24, 2014

Texas Criminal Justice Integrity Unit

Notification in the Wake of an Irregularity in a Criminal Case. May 1, 2014


State Bar of Texas

Admitted November 2011

Western District of Texas

Admitted March 2013

Texas Bar Journal Board of Editors

Appointed term June 2015 to June 2018

Robert W. Calvert American Inn of Court


Phi Delta Phi


Texas Association of Appellate Court Attorneys

President 2015 - Current President-Elect 2014 - 2015

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