Judge Janis Graham Jack, Southern Texas U.S. District Court

Judge Janis Graham Jack

Southern Texas U.S. District Court

Janis Graham Jack was born in 1946 in Los Angeles, California. She received a registered nursing diploma from St. Thomas School of Nursing, then an undergraduate degree from the University of Baltimore. She earned a Juris Doctor from South Texas College of Law. She was in private practice in Corpus Christi, Texas. 

Jack was nominated by President Bill Clinton to a new seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. She was confirmed by the Senate and took her seat on the bench in March 1994. She assumed senior status in 2011. 

In the News…

Senior U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack reprimanded Texas officials for failing to implement her ordered reforms of the state’s foster care system and delaying an IT system to track children in state custody 

She indicated she may issue a contempt order against Texas for the third time in a class action that is approaching its eleventh year due to delays of the state’s Department of Family and Protective Services and Health and Human Services Commission in complying with her orders to overhaul its foster care system to protect the around 10,000 children in its long-term care, technically called its “permanent management conservatorship.” 

Judge Jack said that each legislature and every Texas governor going back to George W. Bush in the mid-1990s has claimed improving its foster care system as a priority and allocated funds and commissioned studies that revealed the same list of problems. 

“We’re talking 30 years ago, the same list of problems that’s today,” she said. “And now they’re under mandate from a federal court and have resisted for 10 years. And still it looks like we’re just going from bad to worse. It is very discouraging. There are some bright spots. But this continued unconstitutional and unsafe treatment of these children is getting to everybody that’s deeply involved in this case.” 

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Judge Jack today? You can let her know at:

The Honorable Janis Graham Jack 
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas 
U.S. Courthouse 
1135 N. Shoreline Blvd. 
Corpus Christi, TX 78401 


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