The Honorable Jack R. Morris

146th District Court Bell County District Court, Department retired

Biography

The Hon. Jack R. Morris (Ret.) served as a judge for the 146th District Court in Bell County, Texas. Morris was appointed to the bench by former Governor Bill Clements on May 5, 1989, filling a vacancy created by the passing of the Hon. Paul Reagan (deceased). He retired in 2013.
Since retiring from the bench, Morris began his own private practice as a mediator and arbitrator. He is also of counsel to Baird, Crews, Schiller & Whitaker, PC as well as a visiting judge for the Bell County District Court.
Morris earned a B.B.A. in finance from the University of Texas at Austin in 1972. Then, in 1975, he completed a J.D. at Baylor Law School.
After graduating from law school, Morris began his legal career as an attorney in private practice, specializing in real estate, construction, corporate, banking, and general civil litigation. Fourteen years later, he joined the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas, where he briefly served as an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Gulf Coast Drug Task Force.
His memberships have included the Bell-Lampasas Counties Community Justice Council, the Bell County Juvenile Board, the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce, the Selective Service Commission, the Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Child Support and Visitation Guidelines, and the District 8-C Grievance Committee of the State Bar of Texas.
He has served as president of the Bell County Bar Association, director of the Judicial Section of the State Bar of Texas, and director of the Texas Center for the Judiciary.
He was named Bell County Public Sector Lawyer of the Year (2007, 2012).
Morris was born and raised in Killeen, Texas. His wife worked as a teacher at Harker Heights High School. When not presiding over cases, he enjoys fly fishing and golf.

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