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Heath resident appointed Dallas Appeals Court chief justice by Gov. Perry

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By John Browning/J.J. Smith. A longtime Rockwall County and current Heath resident was appointed Chief Justice of the Dallas Court of Appeals Oct. 23 by Texas Gov. Rick Perry. 

The Honorable Carolyn Wright, who has been an associate justice of the same court since her 1995 appointment by then-Gov. George W. Bush, began her new term Oct. 31.

In succeeding Justice Linda Thomas, Chief Justice Wright becomes the first African-American to serve as chief justice of any intermediate appellate court in Texas.

The fourth-generation Texan and graduate of Howard University Law School was also the first African-American woman to win a multi-county election for any elected office in Texas.

Wright’s career path has paralleled that of her predecessor.

When Thomas left Dallas’ 256th District Court upon her election to the Court of Appeals in 1986, Wright was elected to that family court to replace Thomas. After Thomas assumed the position of chief justice in 1995, Wright followed in her footsteps once again with the appointment as an associate justice.Wright’s reaction to the historic appointment was modest.

 

“It’s really very humbling and personally gratifying to be rewarded like this after almost 25 years in the judiciary,” she said.

Wright’s goals for her new position include introducing electronic filing and other technological improvements to increase the efficiency of the court, which hears appeals from trial courts throughout a six-county area: Dallas, Collin, Grayson, Rockwall, Hunt, and Kaufman counties.

“My goal is always to further the cause of justice,” she said. 

Chief Justice Wright’s appointment will expire after the 2010 general election. She is expected to run for election to her post in that race.

She is married to James (Jim) Sanders, President of Sanders Construction and Real Estate Investments, Inc.

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