Bachelor's of Science in Business Management, University of Phoenix, Dallas, TX. University of Phoenix Lambda Sigma Chapter of the International Business Honor Society, Delta Mu Delta, Paralegal Studies from Southern Methodist University
Worked in the legal field for several years with emphasis in foreclosure processes in 12 states, truancy mentor, volunteered with the Legal Aid clinic in Plano and Allen with assisting the public with pro bono legal aid counseling.
As a previous truancy mentor, I am familiar with the many conditions that may cause a child to end up in truancy court. As the next Justice of the Peace, I will push for more school, parent, and student engagement. For cases that end up in my courtroom, I would recommend the Alliance of Elite Youth Leadership: Follow Lead Succeed www.aeyleadership.org program which provides mentoring, educational guidance, and community service which has a proven track record of reducing truancy. I would also recommend Teen Court which will allow first time offenders to be judged by a jury of their peers.
The measure I support to make the JP Courts more accessible to the public is to hold night court quarterly for more public accessibility. I support excellent customer service by having the staff answer the phones within 4 rings. This will give the public live access to have their questions answered. Reduce the 3 hour wait time for cases to be heard and backlog of cases by being a punctual Judge and making sure the cases are placed on the docket properly. Also add additional training to staff to reduce turnover rate.
I believe as the cost of living keep increasing in Collin County that an influx of eviction cases will arise. The JP Courts are evicting at an alarming rate which creates a potential homeless population in Collin County. In 2017, 1,624 students were homeless in Collin County. A population of these students were affected by evictions. I propose an impartial volunteer diversion program between landlord and tenant. This program will pay back rent to landlords and keep qualified families from receiving detrimental judgments.
B.A.A.S. - Midwestern State University /
Master of Science, Leadership - Grand Canyon University /
Master of Public Admin. - Columbia Southern University /
Doctoral candidate in Psychology Program - GCU (Complete in 2019)
22 plus years in law enforcement, 12 plus years working as a Deputy Constable and working with Justice Courts. Master Peace Officer, Civil Process Proficiency Certified, Instructor, Hostage Negotiator, SWAT certified. and Firearms Instructor.
School attendance is important and parents must provide a conducive environment for their children to attend school. I will work with school districts in the county to ensure parents and children understand the value of a good education. Enforcement of state truancy laws equally and effectively is very important; however, it only focuses on part of the problem. I will work work with schools and parents to ensure children have every opportunity to attend school. Mentoring programs are important in Truancy programs. I would support a mentoring program for students to support attendance programs. Working directly with schools and parents is critical for the education system to remain effective, efficient, and relevant.
Customer service and personalized service is a top priority. I want every person who comes to court to be treated like a person, and not like a number. Every person entering court will be treated with respect, dignity, and equally. Accessibility is critical for an urban court in a populated area such as precinct 3. I would ensure court hearings could be held outside of normal hours in certain cases. An evening court program would be part of my plan to increase access to the court. However, I will work with the Constable's office as they are partners of the JP court to ensure the court is safe, and court process is delivered in an efficient and expeditious manner.
Landlord and tenant disputes make up the bulk of cases filed in the Justice Court. I am well-versed in Chapter 24 of the Texas Property Code, as well as the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, Part V, Rules of Practice in Justice Courts. I will ensure eviction and repair remedy laws are applied fairly and equally in all cases.
I have been a law enforcement officer for over 22 years and I understand the criminal cases that are filed with the Justice of the Peace court. I will ensure the law is applied equally and fairly in all criminal cases. I will also ensure that those convicted are held accountable and pay their fines. Warrants will be sent to the Constables to be worked, as required by state law. Currently, cases are sent to a collections company instead of warrants being issued. Only a state Peace Officer may execute a warrant. Issuing warrants ensures accountability and transparency within the criminal justice system.
Florida Coastal School of Law, 2003
Texas A&M University, 2000
Practicing attorney in all aspects of trial litigation, 13 years
Visiting Judge for Collin County Justice Courts, 3 years
The court is not permitted to encourage or discourage filings and cannot reject filings from any parties. I believe the programs currently in place to handle truancy are effective and have some ideas for improving the efficiency of the court. Being less lenient on truancy may affect how many children enter the truancy system and will be something we will explore.
I will extend courtroom hours for hearings, add night court a number of times each month and continue to train staff on customer service. I will also do community forums to educate people on how to utilize the court for issues that may arise. I will maintain a courtroom that is welcoming to those who will be experiencing the justice system for the first time in this court. Finally, I plan to be involved in community activities to make sure the court is not a place where people are intimidated when utilizing this access to justice.
With jurisdictional limits possibly rising and more businesses coming to the area, it will be extremely important for this court to have an extensive background in sophisticated litigation. I am prepared through years of litigation experience to handle these matters within the limits of the law.
Another issue will be the rise in litigation in general with the booming population and how the court will handle the volume. I am experienced in high volume litigation managememt and will evaluate nd implement office policy to effectively run a successful court.