Judge Maricela Moore is the presiding judge of the 162nd Judicial District Court of Dallas County and the local administrative district judge. She previously served as the presiding judge of the central jury room. In 2019, Moore was named by the American Board of Trial Advocates as the Dallas Judge of the Year. She received her Bachelor of Science from Boston College, magna cum laude, and her law degree from the George Washington University National Law Center in Washington, D.C.
Prior to her judicial service, Moore practiced commercial litigation with an emphasis on trade secret, breach of contract, and employment litigation. She is certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Moore is a fellow of the Dallas Bar Foundation and Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Foundation. She is on the advisory board of the Dallas County Dispute Resolution Board and the UNT Dallas College of Law. Moore is also a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas and a master in the Mac Taylor Inn of Court. She previously served as the president of the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association, Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation, and MABA-Texas and as a board member of the Dallas Bar Association. Moore also serves as the chair of CHRISTUS Health System Board of Directors.
Judge Maricela Moore outlines the challenges of reopening Texas courthouses and what measures are being taken to ensure the safety of those involved.
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