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6-year term. Must be age 35-74 years, a U.S. Citizen, a Texas resident, licensed to practice law in Texas, a registered voter, and have at least 10 years experience as a lawyer or judge. Hears final appeals of decisions on civil cases and attorney discipline, issuing writs of mandamus/habeas corpus, and conducting proceedings for removal of judges.Elegido para un período de 6 años. Debe tener entre 35-74 años de edad, ser ciudadano estadounidense, ser residente de Texas, con licencia para practicar leyes en Texas, ser un votante registrado, y tener al menos 10 años de experiencia como abogado o juez. Falla en casos de apelaciones finales de decisiones sobre casos civiles y de disciplina fiscal, de órdenes de hábeas corpus, y administra los procedimientos para la suspensión de jueces.
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    R.K. Sandill (Dem) Judge, 127th District Court

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Background: What training, experience, and characteristics qualify you for this position?

Public Protection: The Texas Supreme Court oversees and controls rules and standards for the legal profession. What changes, if any, are needed to provide better protection to the public?

Judicial selection: What changes in the judicial selection process, if any, would improve impartiality and public accountability of judges? Explain.

Responsibilities: Which responsibility of a Texas Supreme Court justice is your highest priority and how do you intend to accomplish it?

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Campaign Phone (409) 207-0425
Twitter @rks127th
Education B.A., University of Texas at Austin J.D., University of Houston Law Center
For the last nine years, I have served as Judge of the 127th Civil District Court in Harris County. I have tried hundreds of cases, disposed of thousands of matters, and have consistently received high ratings from attorneys in the HBA bar poll.
It is time for the Court consider requiring law students (in a supervised fashion) and young attorneys to provide pro bono services. This benefits both the public and the profession. It allows the public to have the benefit of legal services, which are getting more and more expensive, and it allows young attorneys to understand and confront issues that average Texans face.
The partisan election of judges is less than ideal. Ultimately, a process by which judges are selected by a commission, with a public recall option might be preferable. Requiring more transparency around campaign finance would be one way to strengthen the current system.
The primary responsibility of the Texas Supreme Court is to faithfully adhere to the Texas Constitution and the rule of law. If elected, I will be an independent voice on the court, serving 28 million Texans. The Court over the last 20 years has skewed towards an extremist agenda; the Court no longer interprets the Constitution and laws of Texas in a just manner.