Meet Justice Schenck
Since graduating first in his class at Baylor Law School, Justice David J. Schenck has built a reputation of integrity and independence throughout his expansive three-decade career as a tough but fair legal mind who calls them like he sees them, free of bias or outside influence.
A strict, conservative constructionist, he is an ethical, principled stalwart who is applauded for standing up against cronyism and any form of the “pay for play” politics that are far too common today.
Appointed to the Fifth District Court of Appeals by Governor Rick Perry in 2015, Justice Schenck was elected to a full term in the largest appellate district in the state in 2016 demonstrating his ability to be elected in a tough election. Prior to that, his career spanned the full scope of legal experience, from private practice to public service at the highest levels of state government.
Known and respected for both his legal expertise and his leadership, Judge Schenck oversaw key practices ranging from litigation to appeals for private law firms. In 2010, he joined the Office of Attorney General Greg Abbott, serving as Deputy Attorney General for Legal Counsel for two years as chief legal counsel to the AG. He also led the team defending the state’s redistricting plans.
Justice Schenck has received the highest-possible "AV" rating from Martindale Hubbell, reserved for attorneys who have reached the highest levels of professional excellence, skill, and integrity. His pro bono work promoting access to legal services for the poor also earned him the State Bar of Texas President’s Award, the organization’s highest honor.
Justice Schenck has previously served on the adjunct faculty of the Southern Methodist University School of Law and the University of North Texas College 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.
Justice Schenck has been tested and proven that he does not bow to pressure or yield to efforts to compromise his oath. Even a cursory review of his opinions confirms his commitment to all the people of Texas. As the Texas Civil Justice League recently observed "Justice Schenck does not pull punches" where the rights of Texans to independent and impartial justice are concerned.
Read about Justice Schenck's CAMPAIGN MESSAGE.
See Justice Schenck on The Jeff Crilley Show (Feb. 14, 2020)
"Texas Republicans have the opportunity to choose a deeply experienced, staunchly conservative appellate justice to serve on the Texas Supreme Court" (Houston Chronicle, Feb. 2022)
"We give our recommendation to Schenck in part because of his experience on the bench, but largely because of his devotion to reforming political fundraising for judges." (Dallas Morning News, Feb. 2022)
“That’s quite a pedigree for any judicial candidate”.
"He is running a campaign that is rare for a judicial candidate. He is pointing out that Texas law allows law firms to give donations to judges who hear their cases.“ (Dave Lieber for Dallas Morning News, Jan. 2022)
Review selected RECENT MEDIA COVERAGE, including "The verdict is in. This judge rules" by Dave Lieber for Dallas Morning News.