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Hon. Jim Jordan

160th District Court


Judge Jordan serves as Judge for 160th Judicial District Court, Dallas County, Texas. First elected in 2006, he was unopposed in 2010 for a second term and in 2014 for a third term.  He has also previously served as the Local Administrative District Judge for Dallas County - elected by the 39 Civil, Family, Criminal and Juvenile District Judges – and as the Presiding Judge of the eleven Civil District Judges.  Judge Jordan also served as Judge of the 44th Judicial District Court, Dallas County, Texas, in 1986, appointed by then Governor Mark White.  In 2013, he was awarded the Certificate of Professionalism in General Jurisdiction Trial Skills by the National Judicial College.


Judge Jordan has been certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization continuously since 1984.  He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and received the ABOTA Dallas Chapter Trial Judge of the Year Award in 2013.  Judge Jordan has previously served on the District 6A Grievance Committee of the State Bar of Texas and on the State Bar of Texas Judicial Ethics Committee.  He is a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the ABA National Conference of State Trial Judges and has served as Co-Chair of the Judicial Education Committee and Chair of the Membership Committee.  He is also a Master of the William Mac Taylor American Inn of Court.  He previously served on the State Bar of Texas Judicial Ethics Committee.  He is a Founders Board Member of University of North Texas College of Law, and a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the Texas Bar Foundation, the American Board of Trial Advocates, and the Dallas Bar Association.  He is also a continuing member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, and currently serves on the State Bar of Texas Continuing Legal Education Committee and on the Civil Trial Law Exam Commission of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.


Judge Jordan has taught trial skills for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) in both its Trial and Deposition programs.  He has served as adjunct faculty for both the SMU and LSU Trial Advocacy class, has been an adjunct professor for Paul Quinn College’s Legal Studies department and serves as adjunct classroom professor for Texas Tech Law School Dallas/Fort Worth Regional Externship Program.


Judge Jordan is licensed to practice in Texas and admitted to the Untied States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth District and to the United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Western and Southern Districts of Texas.  He graduated from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1977, where he served on the Moot Court Board, and from Austin College in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and English Literature.  He is currently enrolled in the University of Nevada’s Master’s program in Judicial Studies.

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