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The Texas Center’s 2015-2016 Board Nomination Slate

Chair-Elect: David Sanchez, 444th District Court, Brownsville

David Sanchez is Judge of the 444th State District Court in Cameron County, Texas.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from St. Mary’s University. Judge Sanchez then

attended the University Of Texas School Of Law. The first area of practice for him

was in the area of worker’s compensation litigation. He simultaneously enrolled at

St. Mary’s University and completed a Masters in Business Administration degree

while practicing law during the day. Part of his legal career included working as

an assistant District Attorney in both Cameron and Bexar County. Judge Sanchez

has also worked in the area of civil litigation including products liability, trucking

litigation and medical malpractice. He has been married to Melba for over 14

years and has a son, Nicklaus and two daughters, Daniella and Briannah. In

January, 2014, Judge Sanchez helped create the Cameron County Veterans Court, which he

also presides over. The 444th District Court is a general jurisdiction court with a docket that is primarily

comprised of family law matters. Judge Sanchez finds his work very rewarding as he helps divorcing families

in custody issues associated with divorce. Throughout these emotional custody proceedings, Judge Sanchez

reminds the parties that the children of the marriage are the true focus and not mere pawns in the process.

He has resolved thousands of cases since taking the bench. He is completing his second term in office and

looking forward to his next. He finds his role presiding over the Veterans Court as one of the most rewarding

components of his role as Judge. He served on the Texas Center’s Curriculum Committee from 2010-2012,

and is currently completing his three year term as a Member of the Board of Directors.

Place 4: Ben Woodward, 199th District Court, San Angelo

Ben Woodward is Judge of the 119th District Court. From 1979 to 1980, he was

briefing attorney for the Texas Supreme Court for Justice Zollie Steakley. Prior to

taking the bench, he practiced law in San Angelo and was board certified by the

Texas Board of Legal specialization in residential, commercial, and farm and ranch

real estate law. Judge Woodward graduated from the University of Texas in 1976

with a BBA in accounting, Texas Tech University School of Law in 1979 with a JD,

with honors, and is a graduate of the Texas College for Judicial Studies. Judge

Woodward was chairman of the Texas Young Lawyers Association in 1988. He

served on the Texas Supreme Court’s Task Force for Judicial Ethics and Supreme

Court’s Task Force for Jury Service. He is a member of the American Law Institute

and Texas Bar Foundation. He was a member of the Board for the Judicial Section

of the State Bar of Texas and was chairman of the Texas Court Reporters Certification Board. He now serves

as a member of the Texas Judicial Branch Certification Commission. Judge Woodward and his wife, Gwen,

are members of Sierra Vista United Methodist Church and they have two daughters. Beverly is a graduate

of Southwestern University and The University of Texas (MSN). She works at the Vanderbilt Comprehensive

Care Clinic in Nashville, Tennessee. Catherine has undergraduate and master degrees from Trinity University

and taught in the Alamo Heights School District. She and her husband, Whit have two daughters, Cora Len

and Bennett Pepper.