Governor Abbott Appoints Stephenson as District Attorney for 91st Judicial District

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Brad Stephenson District Attorney for the 91st Judicial District in Eastland County for a term set to expire December 31, 2022, or until his successor shall be duly elected and qualified. Brad Stephenson of Eastland is an assistant criminal district attorney for Eastland County. He previously served as the Eastland County Judge from 1999-2007. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, American Bar Association, and the Texas District and County Attorneys Association. He is a board member of the Eastland County Crisis Center and president of the Austin McCloud Foundation. Additionally, he is the former president of the Eastland Rotary Club and Eastland Assisted Living Corp. Stephenson received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Texas Tech and a Juris Doctor degree from Texas Wesleyan School of...

Governor Abbott Appoints Starritt-Burnett To 169th Judicial District Court

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Cari Starritt-Burnett as Judge of the 169th Judicial District Court in Bell County for a term set to expire on December 31, 2022, or until her successor shall be duly elected and qualified. Cari Starritt-Burnett of Belton is a Partner and Co-owner of Seigman, Starritt-Burnett & Sinkfield, PLLC, where she heads the Family Law Department. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and its Family Law Section and past president and member of the Bell County Bar Association. Additionally, she is a member of the Bell County Women’s Bar Association and the College of the State Bar of Texas. She is president-elect and former secretary of Foster Love of Bell County, board member of the City of Belton Buildings and Standards Commission, member for the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce, and volunteer for various community events. Starritt-Burnett received a Bachelor of Arts in Government/Political Science from Angelo State University and a Juris Doctor degree from Texas Tech University School of...

Governor Abbott Appoints Smith to Tenth Court of Appeals

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Steve Smith to the Tenth Court of Appeals for a term set to expire on December 31, 2022, or until his successor shall be duly elected and qualified. Steve Smith of College Station is Judge of the 361st District Court in Brazos County and previously served as Judge of the County Court at Law No. 1 and as Presiding Judge and Associate Municipal Judge for College Station. He is board certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is a member of the American Judges Association, American Bar Association, and the State Bar of Texas and its Judicial Section, where he served as chair. Additionally, he is faculty member of the National Judicial College, former faculty member of the Board for the Texas Center for the Judiciary and the Texas Justice Court Training Center, and former faculty member and former board member of the Texas Municipal Courts Association. He is a board member and vice-chair of Fosters Home for Children in Stephenville and former trustee for Abilene Christian University (ACU). Smith received a Bachelor of Music Education from ACU and a Juris Doctor degree from The University of Texas School of...

Governor Abbott Appoints Bufkin To 355th Judicial District Court

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Bryan Bufkin as Judge of the 355th Judicial District Court in Hood County for a term set to expire on December 31, 2022, or until his successor shall be duly elected and qualified. Bryan Bufkin of Granbury is a partner at Bufkin & Adams, PLLC., and previously served as an assistant district attorney for the Johnson and Somervell Counties District Attorney’s Office. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and its Criminal Judicial Section. Additionally, he is a volunteer coach for the Granbury Athletic Association and former member of the United Way of Hood County Board of Directors. Bufkin received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from The University of Texas at Arlington and a Juris Doctor degree from Baylor Law...

Governor Abbott Appoints Skinner To 437th Judicial District Court

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Melisa Skinner as Judge of the 437th Judicial District Court in Bexar County for a term set to expire on December 31, 2022, or until her successor shall be duly elected and qualified. Melisa Skinner of San Antonio currently an Assistant District Attorney for the 38th Judicial District Attorney working on US/Mexico smuggling and human trafficking cases as part of the Texas Anti-Gang Task Force. Previously, she served as Judge of the 144th Judicial District Court in Bexar County and as an Assistant Criminal District Attorney for the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office. She served as Judge of the 290th Judicial District Court in Bexar County from 2011-2018, and prior to being elected she was an Assistant District Attorney for the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and a former member of the San Antonio Business Women’s Association. She is the former chair of the Juvenile Probation Budget Committee and former chair of the Bexar County Acquisitions Board. Additionally, she is a former volunteer for the Ronald McDonald House, San Antonio Conservation Society, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and for the Northeast Independent School District. Skinner received a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from The University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctor degree from St. Mary’s University School of...

Governor Abbott Appoints Hunter To 303rd Judicial District Court

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Rhonda Hunter as Judge of the 303rd Judicial District Court in Dallas County for a term set to expire on December 31, 2022, or until her successor shall be duly elected and qualified. Rhonda Hunter of Dallas is an attorney and owner of the Law Office of Rhonda Hunter, and is board certified in Family Law and Child Welfare Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Previously, she served as the Administrative Chief of the Juvenile Division of the Dallas County Criminal District Attorney’s Office, and was a partner at Farrow Gillespie & Heath. She is and a board member and former president of the Dallas Bar Association, member of the State Bar of Texas, and is chair-elect of its Child Protection Law Section. She is a member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates, former president of J.L. Turner Legal Association and the Dallas Association of Black Women Attorneys, and former member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Additionally, she is chair of the Committee for a Qualified Judiciary and former chair of the Dallas Bar Community Service Fund. She is a former member of the North Texas Food Bank Board, Young Audiences of Greater Dallas Board, Child and Family Guidance Centers Board, and the Dispute Mediation Services Board. Hunter received a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctor degree from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of...

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