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Adjunct FacultySocial Work
Judge Cheryl Lee Shannon has served as a presiding judge of the 305th District Court in Dallas County since 1995, hearing matters on juvenile delinquency, child abuse and neglect and issues relating to termination of parental rights and adoption. She joined the adjunct faculty of Eastfield’s Social Work program in January 2009, teaching Special Problems of Youth.
Judge Shannon earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Houston and her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center. Her legal experience includes various areas, including real estate, corporate and family law. She was an associate judge in Dallas County for both the 304th and 305th District courts for four years before being elected to the bench.
She currently serves as chair of the Dallas County Juvenile Board and president of the Dallas County Charter School Board; serves on the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission; is a member of the State Bar of Texas Juvenile Justice Committee; serves as the co-chair for the Dallas Bar Association Juvenile Justice Committee and has recently been appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas to serve on the Judicial Commission for Youth, Children and Families.
Judge Shannon has formerly served as a board member of Texas CASA, board member of the Texas School Safety Center Board, the Supreme Court Task Force on Foster Care and on numerous community committees relating to youth issues. She is a member of the Juvenile Section of the Dallas Bar Association and has served on the Nominations Committee for the Judicial Section of the State Bar of Texas. She has been recognized by Dallas CASA and many local civic organizations for her commitment to children.