MELBOURNE, FLA. — The investiture of Catharina Haynes, a 1980 graduate of Satellite High School, was recently held, making her a Judge for the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The court hears appeals from the federal district courts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Her formal appointment came
earlier in the year from President George W. Bush.
Haynes was born and raised in Brevard County and graduated first in her class at Florida Tech, earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology at age 19. Her
father, Pieter Dubbleday, was professor of physics and oceanography at the university between 1961 and 1981.
Haynes is a highly respected former state court judge who is widely praised by lawyers and judges alike for her intellect, integrity and work ethic. She
has a distinguished record as a state court judge and practicing attorney.
She was elected judge of the 191st District Court in Dallas, winning re-election in 2002. She presided over 190 jury trials and approximately 100 bench
trials, disposing of over 7,000 cases involving a full range of civil topics. In private practice, she was a partner at the law firm of Baker Botts, LLP,
and an associate at Thompson & Knight, both highly regarded national law firms.
Haynes has won several awards and professional honors including the 2006 State Bar of Texas Presidential Commendation, the 2006 Florida Tech Alumni
Association Outstanding Achievement Award and 2003 Dallas Women Lawyers Association Outstanding Board Member Award.
She graduated second in her class from Emory University School of Law and received her J.D. degree with distinction at age 22.