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Blinn College instructor to set aside his gavel

Judge J.D. Langley brings practical legal experience to the classroom

March 18, 2014

Judge J.D. LangleyJudge J.D. Langley will retire this December from the Brazos County 85th District Court after 24 years, but that doesn’t mean he’s ready to leave his Blinn College classroom just yet.

“Seeing that light bulb go off when a student understands something new is quite enjoyable,” said Langley, a Social Sciences instructor for more than 10 years on the College’s Bryan Campus.

“I’m happy to share my experiences as a lawyer and a judge. Students love learning the practical aspect to government, which is essential to being able to apply it.”

Langley earned his bachelor’s degree in building construction from Texas A&M University, with plans to work in the construction industry. Instead, Langley joined the Marine Corps and served as an officer for more than five years.

“In the Marine Corps I learned that I had a skill to solve other people’s problems,” Langley said.
After graduating from South Texas College of Law, Langley practiced for a small law firm before working as a prosecutor for former Brazos County District Attorney Bill Turner.

This month marks 30 years of service to Brazos County. He is the longest-serving district court judge in the history of the county.

“I am truly thankful to the citizens of Brazos County for the opportunity to serve them for the last thirty years,” Langley said.

Langley said he may remain with the state as a senior judge, return to private law practice or remain an instructor at Blinn College.

“I’d like to continue teaching,” Langley said. “As an instructor, my job is to light students’ fire. They come to my class because they have to, but I hope I can make then want to. If I can make them see how ideas in the course relate with their daily lives, they’re that much more connected and interested.”

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