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Williamson County Judge, Court at Law #1

Primary Election: March 6, 2018Early Voting: February 20 - March 2, 2018
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    Brandy Hallford (Rep) Attorney and Counselor at Law

  • Don Morehart (Dem)

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    Warren Oliver "WOW" Waterman (Rep) Attorney at Law

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Background I have 21 years of experience as a former prosecutor, Criminal Div. Chief and in private legal practice. I have litigated cases in every area of law.
Education I obtained an Bachelor of Liberal Arts in 1992 from The University of Texas at Austin, and a Juris Doctor in 1996 from St. Mary's School of Law.
I have been a litigating attorney throughout my 21 year legal career. I have been fortunate to gain experience on both sides of a case which gives me a well-rounded perspective on the law and the needs of people. I have been a prosecutor and defense attorney, represented individuals in family law matters and represented the State, parents and children in Child Protective Services’ cases. I know the importance of people having their voices heard, the law being followed, treating people with respect and having a level playing field for all who find themselves in the judicial system.
Williamson County citizens have a vested interest in our children. This court is charged with handling criminal, family and a substantial portion of the Child Protective Services’ cases. I have extensive experience in each of these areas. I have dedicated my career to representing abused and neglected children and am well-versed by having represented the State and parents. Children are vulnerable, and they need a judge who understands how rulings impact their future. I am dedicated to developing an assistance program for children aging out of the Child Protective Services' system of care.
The role of a judge is to be an impartial decision-maker in the pursuit of justice. If an individual has a court-appointed attorney who is inadequately representing a client, I would substitute another attorney on the case. Alternatively, if the trial produced an unjust result based on the deficiencies of the trial attorney, upon request, I would appoint a skillful appellate attorney to review the case to determine if there was a basis for ineffective assistance of trial counsel who could then file the necessary pleadings to obtain a new trial and vacate the judgment/conviction.
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Background Attorney with 24 yrs experience, Criminal. Civil, Juvenile, Child and Family, Real Estate. 20k+ cases. 100+ jury trials to verdict. Former Prosecutor
Education B.S. 1989 - University of Utah, J.D. 1992- Texas Tech University School of Law, Admitted to Texas Bar - May, 1993
I will uphold the law. I am impartial. No one "owns" me. My record of service and my reputation in the legal community show that I would be a fair and impartial judge. I have the appropriate temperament, character, capabilities, and credentials necessary for all citizens to have confidence in the decisions I will make. I have sat at both tables in the courtroom and know how important it is to treat the parties to any dispute fairly. It is this experience that qualifies me to sit on the bench that faces those tables and serve the Great State of Texas with dignity and integrity.
This office is important to all the citizens because the decisions made in this court affect thousands of people. Case backlogs need to be eliminated by more efficient methods of moving dockets and avoiding unnecessary delays. My record as a prosecutor has shown that I will put in the hours and work overtime when needed. I will also create a separate docket for probation violators so that they can be held accountable more expediently. Justice delayed is often justice denied. I would also like to implement further expansion of the specialty court program for veterans.
I would follow the proper response to such a situation which is governed by the Texas Code of Judicial Ethics and The Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct. A Judge is duty bound to see that no party is harmed by a lawyer who is incompetent or unfit, and is required to take appropriate action which may include a duty to inform the Office of the General Counsel of the State Bar of Texas. A judge who is willing to overlook incompetence in an attorney is not seeking justice. Incompetence will not be tolerated in my courtroom.