Judge David Ezra, Western Texas U.S. District Court

Judge David Ezra

Western Texas U.S. District Court

David Alan Ezra was born in 1947 in Columbus, Ohio. He earned an undergraduate degree from St. Mary’s University and received his Juris Doctor from St. Mary’s University School of Law. 

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and later was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. He clerked for the City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii, before entering private practice there. He served as an adjunct professor of law at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii. 

He was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii. He was confirmed by the Senate and received his commission in May 1988. He spent six years as the Chief Judge. He was made Senior Judge in 2012. 

In January 2013, Ezra was designated by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to serve on the Western District of Texas U.S. District Court, San Antonio, and Austin Divisions, to help ease the heavy workload for federal judges in Texas. 

In the News…

Federal District Judge David Ezra issued a preliminary injunction requiring the state of Texas to remove the floating barrier on the Rio Grande River that began to be installed three months ago.

In his order, Judge Ezra wrote, “Governor Abbott announced that he was not ‘asking for permission’ for Operation Lone Star, the anti-immigration program under which Texas constructed the floating barrier. Unfortunately for Texas, permission is exactly what federal law requires before installing obstructions in the nation’s navigable waters.” 

Governor Abbot’s office said they would immediately appeal the ruling to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and that Texas “is prepared to take this fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.” 

The governor stated that the “court decision merely prolongs President Biden’s willful refusal to acknowledge that Texas is rightfully stepping up to do the job that he should have been doing all along. We will continue to utilize every strategy to secure the border, including deploying Texas National Guard soldiers and Department of Public Safety troopers and installing strategic barriers.” 

The U.S. Appeals Court has granted a temporary stay on Judge Ezra’s order, allowing Texas to keep the floating barrier in place in the middle of the Rio Grande while the District Court case moves forward. 

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Judge Ezra today? You can let him know at:

The Honorable David A. Ezra 
West Texas U.S. District Court 
501 West Fifth Street 
Austin, TX 78701 


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