Sherry Radack was appointed Chief Justice of the First Court of Appeals by Governor Rick Perry in December 2002. She was originally appointed to the Court in 2001 as a justice. She was elected Chief Justice in 2004. Prior to her tenure on the First Court of Appeals, she was elected in 1998 to serve as a civil district judge in Harris County and held that bench for three years.
Before coming to the bench, Chief Justice Radack practiced with Bracewell and Patterson where she focused on civil trial work, specifically contract, products liability, and claims of insurance fraud. She received a law degree from the University of Houston School of Law and a bachelor's degree from Rice University.
Chief Justice Radack is a member of the Texas Judicial Council, the Task Force on Indigent Defense, the Appellate Section of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Council of Intermediate Appellate Court Chiefs, and the National Center for State Courts Council of Intermediate Appellate Court Chiefs. She is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Texas Center for the Judiciary.
Before entering law school, Chief Justice Radack taught Spanish and French in Houston-area middle schools. In the 1970s, she and her husband owned and operated several retail stores in Houston and Oklahoma. She has served on the boards of the University of St. Thomas, the American Diabetes Association, Memorial Health Care Systems Foundation, the Westland YMCA, and Project Safe Child.
Other Offices Held
Chief Justice (First Appellate District)
Ex Officio Member (Texas Indigent Defense Commission)