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Bea Ann Smith served on the Third District Court of Appeals of Texas from 1991-2006. She was appointed by Governor Ann Richards in 1991 and never drew an electoral opponent.  Serving as an appellate judge satisfied a dream of hers that began shortly after law school when she had the privilege of clerking for the Honorable Thomas Gibbs Gee on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Bea Ann received her J.D. with honors from the University of Texas School of Law, where she served as editor on the Texas Law Review and was named to the Order of the Coif.  She holds a master’s degree in American Studies from Brandeis University, and was a Plan II graduate with Honors from the University of Texas at Austin. Suffice it to say that her blood runs orange.
Bea Ann practiced law in two large firms, started her own small firm, and at one point left the practice of law to teach full time at the University of Texas School of Law for several years. She was at all times interested in advancing the role of women in law, serving as a Sustaining Fellow of the Travis County Women’s Law Association, and helping establish the Women’s Law Section of the State Bar.
Bea Ann is proud to have served as President of the National Association of Women Judges and as a member of the Board of the International Association of Women Judges. She serves on the faculty of the Dwight M. Opperman Institute of Judicial Administration for new state and federal appellate judges at NYU School of Law every summer.
After retiring from the Third Court of Appeals, Bea Ann has served as a visiting appellate judge, while initiating her practice of mediation, arbitration, and appellate consulting. She is honored to be teaching a course on constitutional law to Plan I honors students at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a course on “Writing For The Court” at the University of Texas School of Law.
She thought it would never happen, but Bea Ann is now the proud grandmother of Ida Pearl Smith and Clementine Bianca Smith.
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