Bonnie Sudderth

Bonnie Sudderth

Justice, Second Court of Appeals, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Appeals & Appellate, Business Law
  • Texas
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Summary

Bonnie Sudderth, former Chief Judge of the Fort Worth Municipal Courts, was first elected to the 352nd District Court bench in the March 1996 primary. (She had no opponent in the November general election.) Although her term was scheduled to commence on January 1, 1997, the bench was vacant at the time of her election. Consequently, shortly after the primary, Texas Governor George W. Bush appointed her to fill the vacancy for the remainder of 1996. Having continuously served that court until January 7, 2015, Judge Sudderth was the longest-serving judge in the history of that court. Since January 8, 2015, after Texas Governor Rick Perry appointed Judge Sudderth to fill a vacancy on the Second Court of Appeals, Justice Sudderth has served as an Associate Justice, Place 4, of the Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth, Texas. Judge Sudderth has 25 years of combined judicial experience.

Practice Areas
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Business Law
Additional Practice Area
  • General Civil
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Texas
Professional Experience
Justice, Place 4
Second Court of Appeals, Fort Worth, Texas
- Current
State District Judge
352nd Judicial District Court of Texas
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Chief Judge, Fort Worth Municipal Courts
City of Fort Worth Municipal Courts
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Municipal Court Judge
City of Fort Worth Municipal Court
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Attorney
Private Practice of Law
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Education
The University of Texas School of Law
Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.) / Law
University of Southern California
B.S. / Public Affairs, Public Administration
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Honors: Magna Cum Laude, Pi Alpha Alpha, Pi Sigma Alpha, Blackstonian Honor Society
Awards
Excellence in Justice Award
Texas Wesleyan University
Best Series of Articles Award
State Bar of Texas
For "Offering & Objecting" Series published in the Tarrant County Bar Bulletin in 2007
Outstanding Mentor Award
Texas Young Lawyers Association
Outstanding Mentor Award
Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association
Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Award
Texas Wesleyan Law School Alumni Association
Best Series of Articles
State Bar of Texas
For "Offering & Objecting" Series published in the Tarrant County Bar Bulletin in 2005-2006
Tarrant County's Most Influential Woman
Fort Worth Business Press
Outstanding Woman of Fort Worth
Fort Worth Commission on the Status of Women
Professional Associations
Lifetime Member
American Inns of Court Alumni Association
- Current
Adjunct Professor
Texas Wesleyan School of Law
- Current
Activities: Texas Trials & Appeals (Fall class); Texas Civil Motion Workshop (Mid-mester class)
Life Fellow
Texas Bar Foundation
- Current
Charter Fellow
Tarrant County Bar Foundation
- Current
Member
Tarrant County Juvenile Board
- Current
Activities: Vice Chair (2009) Chair (2010)
Fellow
College of the State Bar of Texas
- Current
Member in Good Standing
Texas State Bar # 19461050
- Current
Activities: Chair, Municipal Judges Section (1994-1995); Court Rules Committee Member (2009-present)
President
Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court
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Activities: Member since 2005, Current status: Emeritus Master of the Bench
President
American Judges Association
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Activities: Member, Board of Governors 1991-1997, Second Vice-President 1998; First Vice-President 1999, President-Elect 2000; Current Status: Past President & Member in Good Standing
Editorial Board Member
Court Review Magazine
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Task Force Member
Texas Commission on Judicial Efficiency
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President
Texas Municipal Courts Association
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Commissioner
Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct
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Faculty Member
Texas Municipal Courts Education Center
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Member
Tarrant County Bail Bond Board
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Board Member
Fort Worth Teen Court
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Certifications
Civil Trial Law
Texas Board Of Legal Specialization
Personal Injury Trial Law
Texas Board Of Legal Specialization
Civil Jurisprudence
Texas College for Judicial Studies
Websites & Blogs
Website
Website
Blog
Judge Bonnie Sudderth
Blog
352nd District Court
Blog
Bonnie Sudderth's Blog
Social Media
Contact & Map
Tim Curry Justice Center
401 W. Belknap St. - 9th Floor
FORT WORTH, TX 76196
USA
Telephone: (817) 884-1900