Lawyer bills for UT regent investigation top $400K

FILE - In this July 10, 2013, file photo, Regent Wallace Hall, of Dallas, takes part in a University of Texas Regents meeting in Austin, Texas. Hall, who is facing a rare threat of impeachment won't testify as expected this week to a House committee investigating his actions, lawmakers said Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

DALLAS (AP) — The investigation of an embattled University of Texas System regent cost the state $400,000 in legal bills in 2013.

The Dallas Morning News reports the totals come from records filed with the Texas Legislative Council.

Houston lawyer Rusty Hardin and his team billed just over $200,000 for work from August through October 2013 for the House committee investigating regent Wallace Hall. They spent $500 at an upscale Austin restaurant with two people labeled “witness” and “Chief of Staff” and stayed two nights at an Austin hotel for about $800 per person.

The UT System’s legal team, led by Philip Hilder, billed almost $200,000 from September through November 2013.

Hall is accused of misusing his office in an attempt to oust UT Austin President Bill Powers. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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