Second Court of Appeals
Prior to her appointment to the Second Court of Appeals in 2015, Chief Justice Bonnie Sudderth served as a trial court judge for 25 years – six years as a judge and chief judge of the Fort Worth Municipal Courts and almost 19 years as a state district judge in Tarrant County. For over 20 years, Chief Justice Sudderth has also... Read more
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... Read more
Justice Kerr grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, graduating from White Station High School in 1974. She became a Texan when she matriculated at Rice University in Houston, obtaining a B.A. in English and Art History in 1978, followed by a J.D. from the University of Texas in 1982. Immediately following law school, Justice Kerr spent two years as a briefing... Read more
J. Wade Birdwell of Arlington was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to serve on the Second Court of Appeals on November 10, 2017. Previously, Justice Birdwell served as judge of the 342nd Judicial District Court in Tarrant County. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Tarrant County Bar Association, Texas Bar Foundation, and the Tarrant County Bar... Read more
Justice Bassel grew up in San Antonio. He graduated from Texas Military Institute, Trinity University, and the Baylor University School of Law. He and his wife, Pam, have been married for 30 years. Their daughter, Katherine, is a CPA in Dallas. After graduating from Baylor, Justice Bassel began his career by serving as the briefing attorney for Justice Ted Akin of... Read more
Prior to her appointment to the Second Court of Appeals, Justice Womack served as Judge of the 348th District Court for 20 years and as a Tarrant County Assistant District Attorney for almost 12 years. She graduated from Baylor University and Baylor University School of Law, and she is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law and Civil Trial Law.
Justice Wallach is a Fort Worth native. He graduated from Fort Worth Eastern Hills High School as Top Male Graduate in 1973. He then graduated from Texas Christian University in 1975, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History. He proceeded to earn his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston Law School, cum... Read more