As of May 1, 2016, the Honorable Barbara M.G. Lynn became Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. She replaced Chief Judge Jorge Solis who retired from the bench after 24 years of service. Judge Lynn is the 14th judge and the first female to hold the position of Chief Judge.
Judge Lynn has been a federal district judge since November 22, 1999. She was nominated by President William J. Clinton to fill a seat vacated by Harold Barefoot Sanders, Jr. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Virginia, Judge Lynn graduated first in her class at SMU’s Dedman School of Law in 1976. Upon her graduation from law school, she joined the Dallas law firm of Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, LLP, and remained there until she took the bench.
Judge Lynn has served as the Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation and of its Judicial Division, has chaired the Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System of the Judicial Conference of the United States and the Dallas Chapter of the International Women’s Forum. She is a member, and was President, of the Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court, and she is an American Inn of Court Foundation board member. She is also a member of the Executive Board at SMU’s Dedman School of Law, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and a member of the American Law Institute.
The recipient of numerous awards, Judge Lynn has received the Distinguished Alumni Award for private practice from SMU’s Dedman School of Law, the State Bar of Texas Women and the Law Section’s Sarah T. Hughes Woman Lawyer of Achievement Award, and was the recipient of the 2012 Dallas Bar Foundation Fellows Award, just to name a few.