Chief Justice Terrie Livingston and her fellow justices on the Second Court of Appeals will visit Wichita Falls, Tuesday , October 12, to hear arguments in cases on appeal.
The Appellate Court usually convenes in Fort Worth, but as a courtesy to Wichita Falls attorneys and clients sometimes travels to this city which hugs the Red River.
Justice Livingston is respected and well-liked in this city of 105,000 based on her reputation for ruling fairly on cases which have been brought before her during her outstanding career.
Livingston and her colleagues will also be guests at the Wichita County Bar Association meeting, according to Ben Hoover, president of the Wichita County Bar Association. Hoover is a prosecutor in the Wichita County District Attorney’s office. Hoover was hired by current Wichita County District Attorney Barry Macha.
A sitting judge on the Second Court of Appeals since 1994, Justice Livingston was named Chief Justice this year by Governor Rick Perry.
The Chief Justice is a graduate of Western Hills High School of Fort Worth, Texas Tech University and the University of Texas Law School. She graduated with Distinction and Honors from Texas Tech with a bachelor’s degree in political science before earning her juris doctor degree.
She returned home to Fort Worth after law school and worked for several law firms before practicing law on her own. Besides serving as President of the Tarrant County Women’s Bar Association, she has served in several capacities with the Tarrant County Bar Association serving as its Secretary-Treasurer in 1992, creating its first budget and then served as its Vice-President in 1993.
Justice Sue Walker was raised in Amarillo, Texas, and graduated with high honors from the University of Texas in Austin in 1982 and from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1986. Prior to her judicial service, Justice Walker was a solo practitioner practicing civil and criminal appellate law. Justice Walker currently serves on the Texas Supreme Court Judicial Task Force to Ensure Judicial Readiness in Times of Emergency.
Justice Bob McCoy graduated from Texas Tech University with degrees in engineering physics and mathematics before earning a law degree from the University of Houston. He has served as a justice on the Second Court of Appeals from 2003 until the present. He previously was an associate/partner of the Shannon Gracey Ratliff and Miller law firm in Fort Worth from 1983-1995. He was appointed by Governor George Bush in 1995 as the judge of the 48th district court.
Justice Bill Meier grew up in Waco, Texas, and graduated from University High School in 1958. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and his law degree in 1966. He started his career with the Dallas Legal Services Organization as a public defender for the indigents accused of crime. Justice Meier represented Tarrant County as a Texas State Senator from 1973 through 1983. He broke the world record for a filibuster by speaking continuously for forty-three hours while advocating open records at state agencies.
Justice Lee 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 worked as a prosecutor for the Denton County District Attorney’s Office before being appointed the first District Judge of the 367th District Court in Denton County by then Governor William Clements. She presided there for more than 20 years. In July of 2010 she was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to her position as Justice on the Second Court of Appeals.
These justices all have a major impact on law enforcement in Wichita Falls as they rule on all criminal cases which are appealed from Wichita County.
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