Second Court of Appeals

Photo of Chief Justice Bonnie Sudderth

Chief Justice Bonnie Sudderth

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

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Justice Elizabeth Kerr

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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

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Justice J. Wade Birdwell

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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

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Justice Dabney Bassel

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Justice Bassel grew up in San Antonio.  He graduated from Texas Military Institute, Trinity University, and Baylor University School of Law.   After graduating from Baylor, Justice Bassel began his career by serving as the briefing attorney for Justice Ted Akin of the Fifth Court of Appeals. In 1984, he joined the Fort Worth firm of Law, Snakard, and Gambill, where he... Read more

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Justice Dana Womack

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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.        

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Justice Mike Wallach

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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

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Justice Brian Walker

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Justice Brian Walker received his Bachelor of Science from Texas State University, a Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of Oklahoma, a Master of Biblical and Theological Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary, and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston.  Prior to law school, Justice Walker served as an intern on a presidential political campaign,... Read more