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Jack  Cagle

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Judge Cagle was elected Judge of Harris County Civil Court at Law No. 1 in a special election on Nov.7, 2000 and was reelected to this Court in 2002 for a full term. Since his election, Judge Cagle presided over more than 270 civil Jury Trials involving a full spectrum of contested matters. Judge Cagle received the 2001 Civil "Judge of the Year" award from P.O.L.I.C.E .inc., (Peace Officers Looking Into Court House Excellence), the 2003 "Amicus" award from the Mexican American Bar Association of Houston and the 2004 County Civil "Judge of the Year" declaration of the Houston Police Officer's Union (HPOU). Judge Cagle currently serves as the Administrative Judge for all of the Harris County Civil Courts at law. Judge Cagle also represents his county Judicial peers on the Harris County Jury Panel Board and was twice elected as the Judicial Administrative Chairman in Condemnation Cases by his fellow Harris County Civil Courts at law. In addition to serving as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University Houston Law Center, Judge Cagle is a frequent CLE (Continuing Legal Education) lecturer and has taught in programs associated with South Texas College of Law, SMU, and St. Mary¿s College of Law, and served on faculties for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) in Dallas and Houston. Judge Cagle also participates in the Houston Bar Association's "Night Court" production.

Prior Judicial Service
Before serving as Judge of Harris County Civil Court at Law #1, Judge Cagle served the Judicial system as a Staff Litigation Counsel for Probate Court #3, the Associate Judge for the 311th District Court, a Substitute Associate Judge for the 257th and the 309th District Courts, and as a Special Master in condemnation cases for the Harris County Civil Courts.

Prior Legal Service
Judge Cagle began his legal career as an Intern for the McLennan County District Attorney¿s Office in 1984 while still attending Baylor School of Law. In the DA's intern program, he participated in the work concerning the Lake Waco murders and the Henry Lee Lucas mass murders.

From that early beginning until his election in 2000, Judge Cagle served the community as an attorney of record in more than 600 cases, litigating in most fields of legal practice, including commercial, real estate, constitutional, personal injury, probate, family, juvenile and criminal law.

Prior to his election, Judge Cagle tried cases to final verdict in Harris, Galveston, Brazoria, Fort Bend, Waller, McLennan, Leon, Limestone, Jefferson, and Dallas counties. He also litigated cases in Anderson, Austin, Bastrop, Bell, Bexar, Brazos, Burleson, Chambers, Collin, El Paso, Falls, Grimes, Hidalgo, Lee, Liberty, Lubbock, Matagorda, Montgomery, Nueces, Orange, Tarrant, Tom Green, Travis, Washington, Wharton, and Williamson counties.

Recognized by the Harris County Judiciary, Judge Cagle was listed as a qualified ad litem for civil, family, juvenile and probate cases and appointed to serve as the court¿s ad litem by twenty-three Harris County District and County Civil Court at Law jurists.
Judge Cagle received his Mediation Certificate in 1997 and successfully helped many litigants resolve their cases "out of court" in cases involving personal injury, civil disputes, and family law issues.

Doctor of Jurisprudence (1986)
BA Triple Major in History, Economics & Managerial Studies (1983)