Chief Justice Terrie Livingston
Chief Justice Livingston graduated from Western Hills High School, Fort Worth, and attended Texas Tech University where she received her B.A. in political science, graduating with Distinction and Honors. She received her J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law.
Chief Justice Livingston began her legal career practicing with several law firms and later had her own practice. She was elected Justice of the Second District Court of Appeals (Place 7) in 1994 and served in that position until appointed to the position of Chief Justice in 2010. She won re-election to that position in 2012. As a Chief Justice, she serves on the Council of Chief Justices, which is comprised of the fourteen intermediate Chief Justices across the state.
Prior to her judicial service, Chief Justice Livingston was an active participant in the Tarrant County Private Attorney Involvement Program and was a pro bono attorney volunteer for many years. She served as Tarrant County Bar Association’s Secretary-Treasurer in 1992 and is responsible for creating its first budget. She then served as its Vice President in 1993. She also served on TCBA’s Fee Dispute Arbitration panels for a number of years and served as President of the Tarrant County Women's Bar Association. She has served as a Tarrant County Bar Foundation Director (1999-2001), Treasurer (2000-2003), Vice Chair (2004-2005), Chair-Elect (2005-2006), and Chair (2007). She oversaw the Bar’s Building Construction Committee, which handled the major remodel and expansion of the Bar offices in 2006. She has also served as a Director on the Board of the Judicial Section, SBOT (2000-2003). She volunteered as an Associate Editor for the Appellate Advocate published by the State Bar’s Appellate Section (2009-2012).
Chief Justice Livingston is currently a member of the State Bar, College of the State Bar, and is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, as well as the American Bar Association, Appellate Judicial Administration Division. She is a long-standing member of TCBA’s Appellate and Women's sections, and is a Charter Member of the Tarrant County Bar Foundation. Chief Justice Livingston frequently lectures for various bar organizations
Lee Ann Dauphinot
She attended Fort Worth public schools and Texas Christian University where she took her B.A. and is A.B.D. Justice Dauphinot studied in Mexico as a Fulbright Fellow and took her M.A. at Stanford University as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. She earned her J.D. at Southern Methodist University in 1978 as the first female Hatton Sumners Scholar.
Justice Dauphinot enjoyed an active trial and appellate practice in Tarrant and surrounding counties before she was elected Judge of Tarrant County Criminal District Court No. 2, in 1989. She was elected to the Second Court of Appeals in 1995.
Justice Dauphinot is Board Certified in both Criminal Law and Criminal Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a member of the State Bar College, and former member of the Texas Judicial Council.
Justice Dauphinot and her husband are elders at St. Stephen Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth.
Justice Gardner was born and raised in Corpus Christi. She graduated from the University of Texas in 1964, and the U.T. School of Law in 1966, where she was an Associate Editor of the Texas Law Review. She served as Law Clerk with Honorable Leo Brewster, U.S. District Judge, Northern District of Texas from 1967-1971, was a partner with the firm of Simon, Peebles, Haskell, Gardner & Betty for 13 years and a partner with McLean & Sanders for 4 years. From 1988 until her appointment to the Court by Governor George W. Bush on January 1, 2000, she was a senior partner with Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller, where she was Chair of that firm's Appellate Section.
Justice Gardner is board certified in Civil Appellate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and served on that Board's Advisory Commission on Appellate Civil Law for 12 years (chairman 1993). She was appointed to and served on the Texas Supreme Court's Advisory Committee from 1993 until 1998. Justice Gardner is a former President of the Tarrant County Bar Association (Vice President 1984-85; Director 1977-79, 1982-84) and is a member of the American Bar Association. She served three terms as a director of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel (1988-91, 91-94, 97-99). She is a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, a Charter Fellow of the Tarrant County Bar Foundation, a member of the State Bar College, an Emeritus Master of the Bench and founding member of the Eldon Mahon Inn of Court, a member of the American Law Institute, a member of the State Bar of Texas Pattern Jury Charge Committee on Intentional Torts and Negligence, and selected Appellate Justice of the Year for 2005 by the Texas Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Publications authored by Justice Gardner include Practicing Under the New Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure, 49 Baylor L. Rev. 867 (1998) (co-authored with Chief Justice John Cayce); Persuasive Brief Writing, Tarrant County Bar Ass'n Appellate Section Seminar (1997); Mandamus Proceedings, Texas Association of Defense Counsel Fall Meeting (1995); Ambiguity-And Other Contract Issues in Insurance Coverage Disputes, Ultimate Insurance Seminar (State Bar of Texas 1993); Insurer Insolvency-"Due Diligence" of the Surplus Lines Broker, C.P.C.U. Symposium (1993); Standards of Review, Denton County Appellate Seminar (1993); Summary Judgments, The Advocate (State Bar of Texas Litigation Section 1991); Liability Insurance, Ch. 71, Texas Torts and Remedies (Matthew-Bender 1987).
Justice Sue Walker was elected to serve on the Second Court of Appeals in 2001. For the past twenty years, she has been Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Prior to commencing her judicial service, Justice Walker was a solo practitioner practicing civil and criminal appellate law. She is a former adjunct professor of law at Texas Wesleyan School of Law where she taught Criminal Appellate Procedure. In her early legal career, Justice Walker served as a briefing attorney and a staff attorney at the Fifth District Court of Appeals. Justice Walker obtained her undergraduate degree with high honors from the University of Texas in Austin and her law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law.
Texas Tech University School of Law selected Justice Walker to receive its 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award. Also in 2012, the Texas Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates honored Justice Walker by selecting her “Jurist of the Year.” Justice Walker was named the 2010 “Judge Charles J. Murray Outstanding Jurist.”
Justice Walker currently serves on the Civil Appellate Board Certification Exam Commission. She previously served as President, Counselor, and Treasurer of the Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court. In recognition of Justice Walker's long and meritorious service to the Inns of Court and to the legal profession, in 2009 the Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court elected her to membership in the Serjeant's Inn of the Dallas and Fort Worth Inns of Court. Justice Walker is a National Science and Resource Judge; she was elected a Fellow in 2009 by the Advanced Science & Technology Resource Center in Washington, D.C. She served on the Texas Supreme Court Task Force to Ensure Judicial Readiness in Times of Emergency. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Tarrant County Bar Association and as Second Vice President. Justice Walker has also held the office of Secretary and Vice Chair of the Appellate Section of the Tarrant County Bar Association.
Justice Walker is a member of the American Law Institute. She is also a Fellow in the Texas Bar Foundation. She is a member of the Appellate Practice and Advocacy Section of the State Bar of Texas, a member of the Appellate Section of the Tarrant County Bar Association, a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, a Charter and Sustaining Fellow of the Tarrant County Bar Foundation, and an Emeritus member of the Eldon B. Mahon Chapter of the American Inns of Court.
Justice Walker has published prolifically on a variety of legal topics and is a frequent speaker at legal conferences.
Justice Bonnie Sudderth began her judicial career in 1990 when she was appointed to serve as a municipal court judge for the City of Fort Worth. Five months later, she was designated Chief Judge of the Courts, a position she held for six years.
In 1996, Sudderth was elected to the district court bench, and after winning the primary election, Governor George W. Bush appointed her serve on the court prior to her term commencing, in order to fill the vacancy. She served for more than 18 years as judge of the 352nd District Court, a trial court giving preference to civil cases, until Governor Rick Perry appointed her to the Second Court of Appeals.
For more than 15 years, Judge Sudderth has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Texas A&M University Law School (formerly Texas Wesleyan University Law School), teaching Trials & Appeals and a Civil Motion Workshop to upper-level law students. In 2008, the Texas Wesleyan Law School Alumni Association conferred upon her the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member Award.
In 2008, Justice Sudderth also received the Outstanding Mentor Award from both the Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association and the Texas Young Lawyers Association. In 2011, she received the Excellence in Justice Award.
Justice Sudderth is active in the Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court as an Emeritus Master of the Bench, Past President, a member of the Honorary Serjeant’s Inn and as a James B. Barlow Emeritus Fellow. On two occasions, she has participated as a delegate from the American Inns of Court to the Middle Temple and Inner Temple English Inns of Court in London. She currently serves as the webmaster for the Mahon Inn.
Sudderth is a prolific writer and speaker on legal topics, and she has twice received the “Outstanding Series of Articles” award from the State Bar of Texas. She is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law.
Justice Bill Meier grew up in Waco, Texas, and graduated from University High School in 1958. Afterwards he attended Tarleton State College on a basketball scholarship and received a two-year associate degree in science. Justice Meier moved to Austin, Texas, in 1961 to attend the University of Texas where he received his Bachelor of Science degree. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law in 1966. Justice Meier started practicing law in Dallas, Texas, then moved to Tarrant County in 1969. He was an active solo practitioner for the last twenty-two years of his private practice until his election to the Second Court of Appeals in 2008.
Justice Meier started his practice with the Dallas Legal Services Organization as a public defender for the indigent accused of crime. His career gravitated to the civil law practice when he moved to Fort Worth in 1969. Justice Meier practiced as a business lawyer with an office practice in the fields of banking, real estate, corporate, and trial practice.
Justice Meier represented Tarrant County as a Texas State Senator from 1973 through 1983. In 1979, Senator Meier was elected President Pro Tempore of the Texas Senate by his peers and served as Governor on numerous occasions when Governor Clements and Lieutenant Governor Hobby where absent from the State. As Senator, he was an active leader. He established the world record for a filibuster—speaking continuously for forty-three hours—advocating open records at State agencies.
He was Senate sponsor and Conference Committee Chairman of legislation that reinstated the death penalty in Texas in 1973. He sponsored the legislation that set up the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission to review the current need for State agencies and recommend their abolishment, modification, or continued existence. Senator Meier also served as the first chairman of the Sunset Advisory Commission.
In 1979, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors for sponsoring and securing the passage of the new State Bar Act continuing the existence of the State Bar of Texas for ten years. Justice Meier was the Republican Party nominee for the office of Attorney General of Texas in 1982.
Justice Meier won election to Place 2 on the Second Court of Appeals in March 2008 in the first three-candidate Republican Party Primary race for the Second Court of Appeals. He was unopposed in the November General Election.
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 Texas for two years. Justice Gabriel moved to Denton to work as a felony prosecutor for the Denton County District Attorney's Office. While working as an Assistant District Attorney, she became Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She was promoted to the position of First Assistant District Attorney in 1986.
In 1989, Justice Gabriel was appointed as the first District Judge of the 367th District Court in Denton County by Governor William P. Clements. She presided in that general jurisdiction court for over twenty years. In July of 2010, Governor Rick Perry appointed her to the position of Justice, Place 7 of the Second Court of Appeals of Texas and she was sworn in on August 1, 2010.
Justice Gabriel has been appointed to numerous State Bar of Texas and other professional committees during her career. Currently she serves on the Judicial Section of the State Bar of Texas' Ethics Committee and the Texas State Council for Interstate Offender Supervision. She was previously the Chairperson of the Criminal Law Exam Commission of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and served on the Judicial Advisory Council to the Community Justice Assistance Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and the Continuing Legal Education Committee. She has been a frequent author and speaker at seminars sponsored by the State Bar of Texas and other continuing legal education organizations. She also teaches criminal law as an Adjunct Professor at Texas Woman's University.