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5TH COURT OF APPEALS

Place 7 (Based in Dallas)

There are No Other Official Candidates for This Office

dennise-garcia

Dennise Garcia
(D) – Dallas

JUSTICE DAVID J. SCHENCK

David John Schenck*
(R) – Dallas

PARTY AFFILIATION

Democrat

Republican

CURRENT OCCUPATION

District Judge
303RD Family District Court

Since 2004
(term expires December 31, 2018)

Justice
5TH Court Of Appeals, Place 7

Appointed by Governor Perry 1-16-2015
Term expires 12-31-2016

UNDERGRAD SCHOOL/YEAR

B.S. Sociology
B.A. Political Science
Southern Methodist University
1990

B.A., Criminal Justice/Economics
State University of New York at Albany
1999

JURIS DOCTOR

SMU School of Law
1993

Baylor School of Law – Valedictorian
1992

YEAR OF STATE BAR LICENSURE

1994

1992

JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE – APPELLATE

  • Justice, 5TH Court Of Appeals, Place 7 since 2015
  • Law Clerk for Hon. Henry A. Politz
    Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals
    5TH Circuit

JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE – OTHER

  • District Judge, 303RD District Court
  • Presiding Judge, Dallas County Family District Courts (2007, 2011)

LEGAL EXPERIENCE – NONJUDICIAL

  • Attorney, K. Dennise Garcia, P.C. (2003-2004)
  • Attorney, Goranson, Bain & Larsen, L.C. (1995-2003)
  • Attorney, Ron Massingill, P.C. (1993-1995)
  • Texas Deputy Attorney General for Legal Counsel (2010-2012): Chief Legal Counsel to then Attorney General Greg Abbott with direct responsibility over six divisions of that office: Opinions Committee, Public Finance Division, Open Records Division, Grants Administration Division, General Counsel Division, and Legal Technical Support Division
  • Led the team defending the Legislature’s plans redistricting the State’s House, Senate and Congressional delegations
  • Previously served on the adjunct staff of the Southern Methodist University School of Law
  • Teaches Texas civil procedure at University of North Texas College of Law
  • Dykema Cox Smith, partner in charge of National Spec. Lit. Group (2012-15)
  • Jones Day, partner in charge of Dallas Issues & Appeals Group (2004-10)

ADMITTED

  • Texas Northern District Court
  • US Supreme Court
  • US Court of International Trade
  • US Tax Court
  • First Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals
  • District of Columbia District Court
  • Texas Eastern District Court
  • Texas Northern District Court
  • Texas Southern District/Bankruptcy Court
  • Texas Western District Court Courts Admitted to…

JUDICAL/LEGAL HONORS

  • SMU Women’s Symposium, Profiles in Leadership Award (2007)
  • Merrill Hartman Judicial Pro Bono Service Award (2006)
  • Texas Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly and Law and Politics Magazine (2003/2004)
  • College of the State Bar of Texas: Best CLE article, “Speaking in Codes” (co-author) (2001)
  • SMU “M” Award (1990)
  • Texas Bar President’s Award
  • Valedictorian Baylor Law School
  • Texas Monthly “Superlawyers” — Appellate
  • D Magazine Best Lawyers — Appellate
  • “AV” rated Martindale Hubbell

PRIOR ELECTION RESULTS

SEAT, DATE, PERCENTAGE

SEAT, DATE, PERCENTAGE

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS

Family Law

CIvil Appellate Law

MOST RECENT BAR POLL RESULTS

381 of 867

381 of 867

KEY ENDORSEMENTS

  • Preston Hollow Democrats
  • Stonewall Democrats of Dallas
  • Women Organizing Women Democrats
  • Dallas AFL-CIO
  • Governor Greg Abbott
  • Texans for Lawsuit Reform
  • Texas State Rifle Association
  • Former Supereme Court Justice Scott Brister
  • Dallas Morning News
  • Senator Don Huffines
  • Senator Van Taylor
  • Senator Bob Hall
  • Representative Matt Rinaldi
  • Former Representative Bennett Ratliff
  • Candidate for the Texas House Dan Morenoff
  • State Representative Jim Jackson
  • Texas Civil Justice League PAC
  • Texas Eagle Forum and Cathy Adams
  • Texans for Fiscal Responsibility (Empower Texans)
  • Dallas Bar Association Committee for a Qualified Judiciary

JUDICIAL PHILOSOPHY

Conservative, constructionist.  Judges should interpret the law as written, and not attempt to legislate from the bench.

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