Third Court of Appeals
Jeff Rose served as Texas' Deputy First Assistant Attorney General and as a State District Judge prior to his appointment to the Third Court of Appeals in 2010. Justice Rose was subsequently elected to a full six-year term in 2012, then elected to a full term as Chief Justice of the Court in 2014. Jeff has had a varied career... Read more
Justice Melissa Goodwin received a law degree from St. Mary's School of Law and a BA from the University of Texas. Justice Goodwin was elected to the Third Court of Appeals in November 2010, and was sworn into office in January 2011. Prior to her election to the Third Court of Appeals, Justice Goodwin served as a District Court Judge,... Read more
Justice Thomas J. Baker, was elected to Place 5 on the Court in November 2018. A lifelong Texan, Justice Baker has resided in Temple since 1994 and was born and grew up in Denison, Texas. Prior to serving on the court, Justice Baker had a civil practice, specializing in family law and including appellate practice, in Bell County and nearby Central... Read more
Prior to being elected to the Texas Third Court of Appeals in 2018, Justice Gisela D. Triana had served on every level of Texas trial courts. She comes to the Third Court with over 23 years of experience on a trial bench, in both criminal and civil courts. Most recently, Justice Triana served for 14 years as the 200th District... Read more
Justice Chari L. Kelly is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) and the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) in Criminal Law. She has served as both a defense attorney and a prosecutor and is also a seasoned civil litigator. Justice Kelly is a U.S. Army Veteran and former paratrooper. She was a captain in the Judge... Read more
Justice Edward Smith was elected to the Third Court of Appeals on November 6, 2018.