Term: 2009 — 2012
Jane Bland was appointed to the First Court of Appeals by Governor Perry in December 2003 and was elected in 2004 and 2006. Before becoming an appellate judge, she served for six years as a civil trial judge, having been appointed by then-Governor George W. Bush in 1997, and elected in 1998 and 2002.
Justice Bland is board certified in civil appellate law and in civil trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Before serving on the bench, she practiced with Baker Botts L.L.P., focusing on civil trial and appellate work. Before that, she clerked for Judge Thomas Gibbs Gee on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
She earned her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law, with high honors, where she was Vice-Chancellor, an associate editor of the Texas Law Review, a member of the Order of the Coif, and graduated at the top of her class. She received her bachelor's degree in accounting and honors business, with highest honors, from the University of Texas at Austin, also graduating at the top of her class.
Bland is a member of the Texas Supreme Court's Rules Advisory Committee and the State Bar of Texas's Committee on Pattern Jury Charges (Business, Consumer, Insurance & Employment). In March 2006, while sitting by commission, she delivered the majority opinion in Hyundai v. Vasquez for the Texas Supreme Court.
In 2003, the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists named her Trial Judge of the Year, and she received a President's Award for her work on the Houston Bar Association's administration of justice committee.
Justice Bland is married to Doug Bland. They have two children, Daniel (11) and Sarah (9).