Fifth Court of Appeals
Justice David J. Schenck was appointed to the Fifth District Court of Appeals by Governor Rick Perry and took the oath on January 16, 2015. He was elected to a six-year term in 2016. In private practice, he led the Dallas Issues and Appeals Practice of Jones Day and, thereafter, the national Specialized Litigation, Advanced Motion Practice of Dykema Gossett. He also served as Deputy Attorney General for Legal Counsel from 2010 to 2012. In that capacity, Justice Schenck functioned as Chief Legal Counsel to the Attorney General having direct responsibility over six divisions of the office: Opinions, Public Finance, Open Records, Grants Administration, General Counsel, and Legal, Technical Support. He also led the team defending the Legislature's plans redistricting the State's House, Senate and Congressional delegations.
Justice Schenck graduated from Baylor Law School in 1992 as valedictorian and as editor-in-chief of the law review. Following his graduation, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Henry A. Politz, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit. He received the highest possible "AV" rating by Martindale Hubbell. He has also received the Texas Bar's highest honor-the President's Award -for his pro bono work promoting access to legal services for the poor.
Justice Schenck has previously served on the adjunct faculty of the Southern Methodist University School of Law and the University of North Texas Collage of Law. He is board certified in civil appellate law, a member of the American Law Institute, and a Barrister of the Patrick Higginbotham Inn of Court. He currently serves as Chairman of the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct, the body responsible for oversight of the State Judiciary.