Chief Judge Priscilla Richman, Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals

Chief Judge Priscilla Richman

Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals

Priscilla Richman was born in October 1954 in Palacios Texas. She worked her way through college at the University of Texas at Austin and later at Baylor University where she earned an undergraduate degree. She received a Juris Doctor from Baylor Law School. She joined a private law firm where she was a litigator specializing in oil and gas litigation. Later, she formed her own law firm.

She was elected to the Texas Supreme Court where she served ten years. Owen was nominated by President George W. Bush to fill a vacancy on the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Her nomination was heavily contested by partisans, but ultimately, she was confirmed by the Senate, assuming office in June 2005. She became Chief Judge in October 2019.

In the News…

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied Texas’ request to allow a state border authority law to go into effect while an appeal in the case regarding the law’s legitimacy is being determined.  

The state law would allow state authorities to arrest and prosecute people they suspect of having crossed over the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. Texas legislators passed the law in 2023, and it was scheduled to go into effect in March 2024.  

The Department of Justice sued to have this law struck down, arguing that the management of national borders is the responsibility of the federal government, not the states. 

Contact this Leader…

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

The Honorable Chief Judge Priscilla Richman
Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals
903 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin, TX 78701


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