Second Court of Appeals
Justice Gabriel was born in Fort Worth and grew up in San Angelo. She received her Bachelor of Arts, with Honors, in Political Science from Texas Tech University and graduated from Texas Tech University School of Law Cum Laude. She served as a law clerk for the Honorable Halbert O. Woodward, Chief Federal District Judge for the Northern District of Texas for two years. Justice Gabriel moved to Denton to work as a felony prosecutor for the Denton County District Attorney's Office. While working as an Assistant District Attorney, she became Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She was promoted to the position of First Assistant District Attorney in 1986.
In 1989, Justice Gabriel was appointed as the first District Judge of the 367th District Court in Denton County by Governor William P. Clements. She presided in that general jurisdiction court for over twenty years. In July of 2010, Governor Rick Perry appointed her to the position of Justice, Place 7 of the Second Court of Appeals of Texas and she was sworn in on August 1, 2010.
Justice Gabriel has been appointed and elected to numerous State Bar of Texas and other professional boards and committees during her career. Currently she serves on the Judicial Section of the State Bar of Texas' Ethics Committee and the Board of Directors of the Texas Center for the Judiciary. She is also President of the Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court. She was previously the Chairperson of the Criminal Law Exam Commission of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and served on the Judicial Advisory Council to the Community Justice Assistance Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the State Bar of Texas. She has been a frequent author and speaker at seminars sponsored by the State Bar of Texas and other continuing legal education organizations. In 2013, Justice Gabriel was certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in the area of Criminal Appellate Law. She also teaches criminal law as an Adjunct Professor at Texas Woman's University and coaches a mock trial team and teaches as an Adjunct Professor at Texas A&M School of Law.