Sam Griffith is a retired justice on the Texas Twelfth Court of Appeals, a position to which he was elected three times. Before being elected an appellate justice in 2000, he was a trial court judge and the lawyer in private practice. Outside the courtroom, he has taught U.S. Constitutional law at universities in Iraq and China, preached throughout northern Iraq and South Sudan, funded 12 water wells in South Sudan, and built homes for earthquake survivors in Nepal. In addition, he cofounded a vegetable growing ministry that was featured in the New York Times article and which, in five years, provided more than 100 tons of vegetables for local food banks.