5th Court of Appeals, Place 7

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Candidate (D-city)
David John Schenck*
(R) – Dallas


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Campaign Mailing Address
Campaign Phone
Campaign Website
Social Media Linkstwitter
Current OccupationJustice
5TH Court Of Appeals, Place 7
Years of Texas Residency
JD School & YearBaylor School of Law – Valedictorian
Other EducationB.A., Criminal Justice/Economics
State University of New York at Albany
Year of State Bar Licensure1992
Legal Experience - Nonjudicial
  • 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)
Jury Trial Experience
Appellate Judicial Experience
  • 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
Other Judicial Experience
Board CertificationsCivil Appellate Law
Courts Admitted
  • 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 
Honors and Awards
  • Texas Bar President’s Award
  • Valedictorian Baylor Law School
  • Texas Monthly “Superlawyers” — Appellate
  • D Magazine Best Lawyers — Appellate
  • “AV” rated Martindale Hubbell
Prior Elections
Most Recent Bar Polls
Key Endorsements (Max 5)
  • Governor Greg Abbott
  • Texans for Lawsuit Reform
  • Texas State Rifle Association
  • Former Supereme Court Justice Scott Brister
  • Dallas Morning News
Judicial Philosophy (Max 250 words)Conservative, constructionist.  Judges should interpret the law as written, and not attempt to legislate from the bench.
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