After graduating high school, he attended McMurry University, where he earned a degree in history in 1973. Then his dream of attending UT became a reality when he was accepted into law school.. His first trial was the prosecution of a traffic ticket in JP court in Abilene. For many years after the trial, the opposing lawyer on the case teased Judge Solis about how he “tried the case like he was in front of the Supreme Court.”
Judge Solis was elected the Criminal District Attorney in 1983 and reelected in 1986. Then, in 1987, at the suggestion of Bill Thomas, the retiring Judge, Judge Solis ran for the 350th Judicial District in Abilene. In the interim, he worked as a solo practitioner in Abilene in 1988. In 1988, Judge Solis was elected to the bench and served on the 350th Judicial District Court from 1989 to 1991
Equal Protection clause.