In November, the St. Mary’s Law Alumni Association Fort Worth Chapter presented their 2010 Outstanding Alumni award to The Hon. John H. Cayce Jr., retired Chief Justice of the Second Court of Appeals.
A native of Fort Worth, Cayce earned his juris doctor from St. Mary’s in 1982, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the St. Mary’s Law Journal. Cayce was elected to the Court of Appeals for the Second District of Texas in 1994. At his retirement, he was the longest serving chief justice in the state.
Throughout his renowned career, he has served on numerous boards, bar associations and committees like the Judicial Section of the State Bar of Texas, where he is a director and a member of its Appellate Judges Legislative Committee. He was selected by his peers to serve a one-year term as Chair of the Council of Chief Justices of Texas. He is a member of the American Law Institute, the American Judicature Society, the Eldon Mahon Chapter of the American Inns of Court (Emeritus), the College of the State Bar, and the Texas Bar Foundation. He is a founding member of the St. Mary’s Law Alumni Association Fort Worth Chapter.
Cayce is community servant who is active in many activities, such as NewDay Services for Children and Families, Inc., a non-profit organization that works with the Tarrant County family and juvenile court systems to support children and parents affected by divorce and juvenile crime.