Waters Kraus & Paul Partner Chosen by U.S. Senate President Pro Tempore to Serve on the FJC Foundation Board, Working to Promote Improvements in Our Judicial Administration
Peter Kraus is a founding and managing partner of Waters Kraus & Paul. In January of 2020, he was appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Chuck Grassley, to serve a second 5-year term on the Federal Judicial Center Foundation board.
The Federal Judicial Center (FJC) is the education and research agency for the U.S. federal court system. It was created by Congress in 1967 to promote improvements of judicial administration and management in U.S. courts. Congress later created the Federal Judicial Center Foundation in 1990. The Foundation’s sole responsibility is to accept and receive gifts sent for the purpose of aiding or facilitating the work of the FJC.
The FJC Foundation is overseen by seven board members who are appointed by the Chief Justice the U.S. Supreme Court, the President Pro Tempore of the U.S. Senate, and the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Under Statute 28 U.S.C. § 629, The Foundation issues that no person who is a Federal or State judge in regular active service is eligible for appointment on the board.
Following his first five-year appointment to the Foundation’s board in 2014, Mr. Kraus expressed his gratitude and honor for being chosen to assist the judicial administration in the U.S. courts. The challenges and opportunities presented to him in the last several years have enabled not only a valuable experience, but a well-deserved second term appointment.
A native of Dallas, Texas, Peter Kraus began his career as a commercial litigator in Washington, D.C., and has since focused his law practice on toxic torts and pharmaceutical injury litigation. He is an ardent supporter of consumer and victims’ rights, having testified before the Texas Legislature and frequently lobbied Congress on behalf of asbestos litigants. Mr. Kraus is active in the community, particularly in the areas of education, medicine and the legal profession. He currently serves on the board and executive committee of the Greenhill School, the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice, and the board of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. He is also a board member of the Southwestern Medical Foundation and the Annual Fund’s executive committee at Duke University. For his recognized commitment to injury litigation, Peter Kraus was elected by his peers for membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates. His membership in American Association for Justice also represents the dedication he has to the practice of law.