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Nominations Committee Report


2021 Nomination’s Committee Report

The nominations committee, chaired by Justice Gina Benavides, met on July 11th, 2021, to review nominations applications and make recommendations to fill upcoming vacancies on the Judicial Section Board of Directors. After careful consideration, the committee nominates the following Judges to be elected during the Judicial Section Annual Business Meeting, to serve on the section Board of Directors, for the terms and positions specified below. The date, time and format of the Judicial Section Annual Business meeting is currently pending. 

One year term 2021-2022
Judge Melody Wilkinson, Ft. Worth
17th Judicial District Court

Place 1, Appellate Justice
Three year term 2021-2024
Justice Ken Wise, Houston
14th Court of Appeals

Place 5, District Judge
Three year term 2021-2024
Judge William Wade Miller, Jr., New Boston & Linden
5th Judicial District Court

Place 8, Statutory County Court at Law Judge
Three year term 2021-2024
Judge Victor Villarreal, Laredo
County Court at Law 2

Place 10, Retired Judge
Three year term 2021-2024
Chief Justice Linda Thomas (ret.), Dallas
Fifth District Court of Appeals

Place 13, Associate Judge
Three year term 2021-2024
Judge James L. Arth,
Associate Court, Travis County District Court

Under the Judicial Section Bylaws, the current Chair Elect, Judge Elisabeth Earle, will automatically ascend to Chair of the section for the 2021-2022 year. Also according to the section Bylaws, after the Annual Business Meeting, the presiding chair will appoint the section’s Secretary/Treasurer to serve concurrently with her term for one year. The chair will also appoint a Presiding Judge and a Judge from the Center for the Judiciary to serve as ex officio liaisons.

Request for Nominations

Dear Judicial Section Members:
The Nominations Committee for the State Bar of Texas Judicial Section is now accepting applications for the Board of Directors positions listed below. An application, letter of interest, and resume must be received no later than 5 p.m., May, 21, 2021, to be considered. You can download the application here, or in word format here
For more information about the section or to review the section bylaws, visit the Judicial Section website. You must be a member of the Judicial Section to hold a board position. You can join or renew your membership on your State Bar dues statement or online via your My Bar Page. If you renew your membership now, you will be a member throughout 2021-2022 bar year.
Nominations are being accepted for the following positions:
  • Chair-elect- District Judge
  • Place 1- Appellate Judge
  • Place 5- District Judge
  • Place 8- Statutory County Court at Law Judge
  • Place 10- Retired Judge
  • Place 13- Associate Judge
Nominating information should be sent to:
Sections Department
State Bar of Texas
P.O. Box 12487
Austin, Texas 78711-2487
Electronic submissions are preferred. Current State Bar of Texas Judicial Section members may vote for their candidates of choice at the section’s annual membership meeting, which will be held in conjunction with the Annual Judicial Education Conference at Kalahari Resorts Texas, Round Rock, on September 21.
Kind Regards,
Hon. Gina Benavides Nominating Committee Chair
Judicial Section
State Bar of Texas

Hon. Gina Benavides, Immediate Past Chair 
13th Court of Appeals
Region 1:
Hon. Eric Moye
Dallas County 14th Civil District Court
Region 2:
Hon. Kathleen Hamilton
359th District Court
Region 3: 
Justice Brett Busby
Supreme Court of Texas
Region 4: 
Hon. Cathy Stryker
224th Civil District Court
San Antonio
Region 5: 
Hon. Gina Benavides, Immediate Past Chair
13th Court of Appeals
Region 6: 
Hon. Robert Anchondo
El Paso County Criminal Court #2
El Paso 
Region 7: 
Hon. Jay Weatherby
340th Judicial District Court, Tom Green County
San Angelo
Region 8: 
Hon. Jennifer Rymell
Tarrant County Court at Law #2
Fort Worth
Region 9: 
Hon. Kregg Hukill
242nd District Court
Region 10: 
Hon. Alfonso Charles
124th District Court - Gregg County
Region 11: 
Hon. Randy Clapp 
329th District Court
Texas Judicial Section
State Bar of Texas
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