Chad Baruch received his B.A. in political science from the University of Minnesota, and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he was a Royal Stone Scholar. He also completed the Principals’ Institute at Harvard University.
Chad’s practice focuses on constitutional and appellate matters. Chad has handled a variety of constitutional cases, including cases involving freedom of speech, free exercise of religion, government establishment of religion, the right of petition, equal protection, and due process. Chad has handled appeals in the Texas state courts, the Mississippi Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Seventh, and Eighth Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court. In 2010, he served as lead counsel in Rhine v. Deatons, the first case in American legal history in which the United States Supreme Court requested briefing from a state solicitor general at the certiorari stage. Chad’s co-counsel in that case was famed constitutional scholar Erwin Chemerinsky.
Over the past decade, Chad has made legal writing presentations to thousands of lawyers in multiple states. He also has spoken to Texas appellate judges on the topic of “Writing Better Opinions,” and lectured at the National Appellate Judges Education Institute. Recently, Chad was featured in an educational video on the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Marbury v. Madison. Chad’s writings on the First Amendment have been cited as scholarly authority in published court opinons including Metzler v. Rowell, 547 S.E.2d 311 (Ga. App 2011) and Browns Mill Dev’t v. Denton, 543 S.E.2d 65 (Ga. App. 2006).
Chad has a distinguished history of service to the legal profession, having served on the board of directors of the State Bar of Texas and as Chair of the Texas Bar College, as well as serving a term as Chair of the State Bar’s Council of Chairs. Chad also has served on the section councils of the State Bar’s Consumer & Commercial Law, Individual Rights & Responsibilities, and Appellate Law Sections. In addition to speaking at numerous seminars, Chad has served as course director for the State Bar’s Summer School, Spring Training, Advanced Civil Appellate, Bill of Rights, Advanced Consumer & Commercial, and Handling Your First Civil Appeal seminar programs. Chad is the 2015 winner of the Gene Cavin Award, presented to one Texas lawyer each year in recognition of lifetime contributions to continuing legal education.
Throughout his legal career, Chad has been active in the educational community both at the high school and college levels. Presently a college basketball coach, Chad also notched 291 career coaching wins at the high school level. Chad has been honored for teaching excellence by the Texas Associated of Accredited Private Schools, and was a finalist for State Coach of the Year as selected by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.
Chad is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.