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Justice David J. 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. He led the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct, the Constitutional body that oversees the behavior of all judges in Texas. 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. He has also been honored with the State Bar’s highest award for pro bono legal service  

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 succeed in a tough election and ro lead major battles over upholding the Constitution while on the bench (google “Justice Schenck does not pull punches”). 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 — functioning  as chief legal counsel to the AG and leading the team defending the state’s redistricting plans until 2012.

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. He 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 appellate law (civil), a member of the American Law Institute, and a Master of the Bench of the Patrick Higginbotham Inn of Court, and repeatedly included in various “best’ and “Super lawyers”’ lists.  He served also as Chairman of the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct, the body responsible for oversight of the State Judiciary.  Over the years, he has made his positions on judicial integrity, competence and the need for reforms to promote public confidence well known including his 2022 race for the Texas Supreme 

His track record leaves no doubt about his commitment to the Constitution, the rule of law, and the right of all Texans to an honest, competent, and impartial judiciary. As the TLR Advocate recently summarized, he "is a skilled and competent judge with over 25 years in private practice and government service". "Republican Justice David Schenck is arguably the most qualified Justice who's ever sat on the 5th Court of Appeals" (Texas Lawyer, 2015).

‘Justice Schenck is a Christian, a member of the Highland Park Methodist Church, husband and father of two children who attend Dallas public schools.

For more information, please read about Justice Schenck's Campaign Message, view Justice Schenck on The Jeff Crilley Show, and review selected Recent Media Coverage, including "The verdict is in. This judge rules" by Dave Lieber for Dallas Morning News.


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