In addition to serving as State District Court Judge of the 352nd District of Texas, Bonnie Sudderth regularly writes about legal issues for various publications. Most recently, she contributed the monthly series Five Adages for Advocates for the Texas Wesleyan Law School Board of Trial Advocates website. From March 2006 to December 2007, the Tarrant County Bar Bulletin published Bonnie Sudderth’s Offering & Objecting collection that discussed various evidentiary topics such as Admissions by Silence, The Use of Prior Testimony, The Affidavit as Summary Judgment Evidence, and Lay Opinion Testimony. For this series, Bonnie Sudderth earned the Best Series of Articles Award from the State Bar of Texas twice. Other notable writings by Bonnie Sudderth include The Community Service Alternative, which the Municipal Court Recorder published in 1993, and The Patriot Movement: Paper Warriors and Common Law Courts, which Court Review Magazine printed in its 1997 Fall/Winter issue. In 1998, Bonnie Sudderth presented Dr. Welby Doesn’t Live Here Anymore: Expert Evidence in Medical Malpractice and Other Personal Injury Cases at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting. Many other professional groups have recognized Bonnie Sudderth’s achievements.
Early in her career, Court Review Magazine selected her to serve on its editorial board. The Fort Worth Commission on the Status of Women bestowed its Outstanding Woman of Fort Worth award on Bonnie Sudderth in 1995, and, two years later, she was named one of Tarrant County’s Most Influential Women by the Fort Worth Business Press. A part-time instructor at the Texas Wesleyan School of Law, Bonnie Sudderth recently received the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member Award from Texas Wesleyan University Law School Alumni Association for her course, Texas Trials & Appeals, which she has taught each fall to upper-level law students since 1999.
Recently, Bonnie Sudderth has begun teaching a Civil Motion Workshop during the midmester term (between fall and spring semesters). In 2008, the Texas Young Lawyers Association and Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association honored Bonnie Sudderth’s commitment to future generations of attorneys by presenting her with the Outstanding Mentor Award. A resident of Fort Worth, Texas, Bonnie Sudderth enjoys reading the works of Henry David Thoreau, Ayn Rand, Mark Twain, and Jane Austen. Before enrolling at the University of Texas School of Law, Bonnie Sudderth attended the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration & Public Affairs.