Dallas Bar Association

Mary Murphy and Ada Brown Appointed by Governor Perry

Joint Investiture to be held November 13

Staff Report


Governor Rick Perry appointed Hon. Mary Murphy as presiding judge of the First Judicial Administrative Region. In the position, she will oversee Dallas County and 33 additional counties in Texas. Her responsibilities include hearing motions to recuse judges or assigning other judges to hear those cases, as well as appointing visiting judges. Her appointment expires in October 2017.

Previously a Dallas County civil court state judge, Judge Murphy most recently retired from the 5th Court of Appeals in Dallas. She is a graduate of SMU Dedman School of Law.

Also recently appointed by Governor Perry was Ada Brown. She has been selected to serve as a justice on the 5th Court of Appeals in Dallas. From 2005 to 2006, Brown was judge of the Dallas County Criminal Court No. 1. Prior to that, she was an assistant district attorney in Dallas County from 2000 to 2005. She earned her law degree from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta in 1999, and she earned her undergraduate degree from Spelman College in Atlanta in 1996.

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