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Terry Means
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #9
Service:
Appointed by:   George H.W. Bush
Active:   11/5/1991 - 7/3/2013
Senior:   7/3/2013 - Present
Preceded by:   David Belew
Past post:   Texas Tenth District Court of Appeals, Justice
Past term:   1989 - 1991
Personal History
Born:   1948
Hometown:   Roswell, NM
Undergraduate:   Southern Methodist U., B.A., 1971
Law School:   Southern Methodist U. School of Law, J.D., 1974

Terry Means is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. He joined the court in 1991 after being nominated by President George H.W. Bush. At the time of nomination, he was a judge for the Texas Tenth District Court of Appeals. He assumed senior status in July of 2013.[1]

Early life and education

Born in Roswell, New Mexico, Means graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas with his bachelor's degree in 1971 and Juris Doctor degree in 1974.[1]

Professional career

Means was the owner of Means & Means based in Corsicana from 1975 to 1989. In 1989, Means was appointed by Texas Governor Bill Clements as an Appeals Judge for the Texas Court of Appeals in the Texas 10th Appellate District based in Waco from 1989 to 1991.[1]

Judicial career

Northern District of Texas

On the recommendation of Texas U.S. Senator Phil Gramm, Means was nominated to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas by President George H.W. Bush on July 24, 1991 to a seat vacated by David Belew, Jr. as Belew assumed senior status. Means was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 31, 1991 on a Senate vote and received commission on November 5, 1991.[2] On July 3, 2013, Judge Terry Means assumed senior status for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, where he had served for over 12 years.[3]

Notable cases

Tarrant College First Amendment case (2010)

     United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
Judge Means ruled on March 15, 2010 that Tarrant College County administrators violated students First Amendment rights in a empty holster protest in 2009. The lawsuit came after students were blocked from holding a empty holster protest to advocate for students to have conceal-carry weapons on campus as a means to protect themselves. The judge found that the co-sponsorship provisions that the college required limits free speech, and as a result of the ruling the plaintiffs can recover legal fees from the college.[4]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
David Belew
Northern District of Texas
1991–2013
Seat #9
Succeeded by:
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