District Judge Michael Davis of Palestine has been appointed chairman of the Local Bar Services Committee, as well as to the state bar’s Administration of Evidence Committee.
“Throughout my career, I have enjoyed serving my communities and the State Bar of Texas,” Davis said. “I am honored and excited to represent the state bar and lawyers across the state of Texas with these committee appointments.”
Davis has served for two years as vice chairman of the Local Bar Services Committee and a member since 2013. The committee provides services and information to local and specialty bar associations by serving as a liaison between the state bar and the local association. It helps with service projects through the Awards of Merit Program, including programs that help students and veterans in Texas.
The state bar's Evidence Committee monitors the Texas rules of evidence, receives and considers comments regarding the rules, and proposes revisions to the Rules of Evidence and the statutes of Texas relating to them. Members include lawyers, judges, and law school professors from across Texas.
Davis served as president of the Anderson County Bar Association for seven years up, until his appointment to the 369th District Court by Gov. Greg Abbott in October of 2017.
Davis was appointed to serve the unexpired term of Judge Bascom Bentley, who retired in March of 2017, after serving nearly three decades. Davis then ran for the seat in 2018 and successfully held the position.
As the judge of the 369th Judicial District Court, Davis serves Anderson, Cherokee, and Leon Counties.
Davis, 42, served six years in the U.S. Air Force, where he was promoted to staff sergeant.
He was stationed in Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota, and at Aviano Air Base in Italy.
A 2008 graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law, Davis was a member of the Texas Tech Law Review and Board of Barristers.
In 2004, he graduated from Texas State University, earning a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and philosophy, and a minor in political communication.
At the Law Offices of Jim Parsons in Palestine, Davis' practice included civil and estate litigation, business and commercial law, corporate defense, personal injury, wills and trusts, family law, and private adoptions.
Davis is involved with numerous community organization.
He is the 2017 recipient of the Bob Black Bar Leaders Award from the Texas Tech University School of Law.
Davis is married to Sandy McReynolds Davis, a registered nurse. They have three children.