Third Court of Appeals

Justices 
Photo of Chief Justice Jeff Rose

Chief Justice Jeff Rose

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

Photo of Justice Melissa Goodwin

Justice Melissa Goodwin

Place 4

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

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Justice Thomas J. Baker

Place 5

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

Photo of Justice Gisela D. Triana

Justice Gisela D. Triana

Place 6

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

Photo of Justice Chari L. Kelly

Justice Chari L. Kelly

Place 3

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

Photo of Justice Edward Smith

Justice Edward Smith

Place 2

Justice Edward Smith is a native Texan who was born in Dallas, raised in Fort Worth, and went to college at Texas A&M University in College Station. After finishing law school at Texas Wesleyan School of Law (now known as Texas A&M School of Law), Justice Smith headed west to practice law in California and settled in San Francisco. After... Read more