The 369th District Court
Anderson, Cherokee, & Leon Counties
Judge Michael Davis of the 369TH Judicial District, composed of Anderson, Cherokee, and Leon counties. He was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott in 2017, following the retirement of Judge Bascom W. Bentley, III and elected in 2018.
Judge Davis is a decorated veteran, serving our country in the United States Air Force. Following his military service, he completed his undergraduate degrees at Texas State University, graduating summa cum laude
, with majors in Philosophy and Psychology. Judge Davis received his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law and was a member of the Texas Tech Law Review and the Board of Barristers. He received many recognitions during law school, including the Law Review's Outstanding Student Article Award, numerous regional and national advocacy awards, and induction into the Order of Barristers.
Judge Davis is deeply involved with the State Bar of Texas and within the communities which he serves. He currently serves as Chair of the Local Bar Services Committee and as a member of the Administration of the Rules of Evidence Committee for the State Bar of Texas. Locally, Judge Davis is a member of the board of directors of the Palestine YMCA, the Honorable T. John Ward Inn of Court, a past-President of the Anderson County bar Association, and a past-president of the Rotary Club of Palestine.
Some of his professional recognitions include his selection as a member of the 2013 Leadership SBOT class for the State Bar of Texas, his selection to attend the 2012 American Board of Trial Advocates National Trial College taught at Harvard Law School, and as a 2017 recipient of Bob Black Bar Leaders Award and a 2020 recipient of the Rising Star Award from the Texas Tech University School of Law.