Presiding Judge over the 219th District Court
Judge Scott J. Becker has been presiding over the 219th District Court since his appointment by Gov. Rick Perry in 2010. The 219th is one of the busiest courts in Collin County, as it handles felony criminal matters, general civil litigation without limit to the amount of money in controversy, and family litigation such as divorce and child custody disputes. During his two terms on the bench Judge Becker has presided over 150 trials, and over 10,000 cases overall. Judge Becker graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in History and received his law degree from Southern Methodist University where he was in the Order of Barristers, a national honorary organization recognizing students who excel at oral advocacy and brief writing. He is currently a member of the Curt B. Henderson Inn of Court, a professional association focusing the skills, professionalism, and ethics for lawyers and judges.
During his time on the bench, Judge Becker became board certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Less than 1% of all lawyers in the State of Texas are board certified in any field of law. He is also a member of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists.
Judge Becker is known for being one of the more technologically adaptive judges on the bench today. He has twice been the director for the Electronic Evidence Track at the Advanced Criminal Law Seminar sponsored by the State Bar of Texas and is a frequent speaker on the use of technology in the courtroom.
During his time on the bench, Judge Becker has helped create an electronic warrant signing process. Previously, police officers seeking a warrant from a judge had to personally appear in front of the judge. The arduous process involved travel time from the police department to the courthouse or the Judge’s home; then to the location to be searched. If there was an error in the warrant the first half of the process had to be repeated. Judge Becker, along with police officers from various agencies across Collin County, has created a process allowing officers to submit warrants electronically and he signs them on his iPad. A process that used to take hours can now be completed in minutes.
In 2015 Judge Becker was diagnosed with colon cancer. However, after 12 rounds of chemo therapy, surgery, and lots of prayer from friends and family, he has fully recovered!
Early during Judge Becker’s time on the bench, he was interested in having student interns. An internship with the Court allows the student to experience behind-the-scenes what the practice of law is like. Initially, the internship program started with law students from S.M.U. Very quickly the program expanded to include undergraduate and even high school students who were curious about a career in the law.
Today, the internship program has expanded to be a joint effort with the Collin County Young Lawyers’ Association, where applicants come from law schools all across Texas and even the nation. (Judge Becker has had interns from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.) Each summer you can typically find three to four interns in the 219th as well as interns serving in several other courts throughout the Collin County Courthouse.
“While I was a law student over 20 years ago, I’m sure the experience today is notably different. I like for the students who are closer in age to each other to be able to pass on current experiences and advice.”
Ideally, Judge Becker likes to have at least one intern at each level of education for the greatest peer exchange of information. The thought being, the high school student can ask the college student about what to expect and how they might get to where the college kid is in school. The same is true for the college kid seeking advice from a current law student.
Local Administrative Judge
During his tenure as Local Administrative Judge, Judge Becker oversaw the appointment of a new Collin County District Clerk and worked with the Commissioners’ Court to help usher in two new District Courts in Collin County.
More About Judge Becker
Southern Methodist University School of Law, J.D. (1997)
- The Order of Barristers
The University of Texas at Austin, B.A.-History (1994)
- Walk-on pitcher on varsity baseball team Freshman year