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The Hon. Reynolds Cate

Practicing Faculty



  • Doctor of Jurisprudence-University of Texas School of Law (1970)
  • Bachelor of Arts with Honors-University of Texas at Austin (1965)

License to Practice

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Texas

Specialties and Courses

  • Water Law
  • Texas Water Law
  • Legislation


Judge Cate served as a trial judge for 20 years, presiding over both civil and criminal cases.

He has taught at St. Mary’s University School of Law, Trinity University, Webster University and Texas State University.

In law school, his primary areas of interest were water law and legislation. His water-related background includes membership on the Board of Directors of the San Antonio River Authority, service as chair and vice-chair of the San Antonio Water System Citizens Advisory Panel, chair of the Natural Resources Section of the San Antonio Bar Association, litigation of water rights in private practice and summer jobs in college as a lifeguard and as a swimming instructor.

He has also worked in the Texas Legislature as legislative counsel to Representative Tony Dramberger and as an administrative assistant to Senator V. E. “Red” Berry and as an administrative assistant to Representative Roy Garwood, Jr.

Judge Cate also was an assistant criminal district attorney for Bexar County and appeared on national television on the quiz show Jeopardy.

Honors and Awards

  • Chair, State Bar of Texas Task Force for Judicial Independence (2002-2004)
  • President, Federal Bar Association of San Antonio (1988-1989)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow, The Johns Hopkins University (1981)
  • National Scholarship, Law-Science Academy of America (1967)



  • Cate, Landmark Texas and Federal Water Law Cases and Materials
    St. Mary’s University School of Law (2005; 2007; 2008; 2009; 2010; 2012; 2013; 2014; 2015; 2016)
  • Cate, Introduction to Business Law
    American Scholastic Press (1985; 1987)

Articles in a Periodical

  • Cate, Review of Classics of the Courtroom: Lantz Welch’s Summation in Firestone v. Crown Center Redevelopment Corporation,
    Texas Bar Journal, March, 1990, at 286


  • Frequent speaker at judicial conferences and seminars