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Justice, 1st Court of Appeals, Place 6

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 appeals on civil and criminal cases from lower courts in its district.Período de 6 años. Debe tener una edad de 35-74 años, ser ciudadano estadounidense, residente de Texas, con licencia para practicar leyes en Texas, ser un votante registrado y tener por lo menos 10 años de experiencia como abogado o juez. Escucha apelaciones en casos civiles y penales de tribunales de primera instancia en su distrito.
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    Sarah Beth Landau (Dem) Assistant Public Defender

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

Access to Justice: What recent developments, such as improved DNA testing, provide opportunities to improve the state's indigent defense system in civil and criminal cases appealed from district and county courts?

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

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Campaign Phone (713) 256-8388
Twitter @landau4justice
Education Columbia University School of Law University of Minnesota
My experience is diverse: public service, private law firm, civil, criminal, state, federal, appellate and trial. I have served as a public defender at the state and federal levels for over 10 years. I teach Appellate Litigation at TSU
Improved DNA testing prevents injustice for wrongfully convicted defendants where DNA was a factor in the conviction. Additionally, having attorney representation at bail hearings helps those accused of criminal offenses not lose their livelihoods, homes, and even their children waiting for trial because they cannot afford an unnecessarily high bond.
A justice's highest priority should be to apply the law fairly. Rather than choosing the winners and the losers and reasoning backward to make the law fit the result, justice demands that the law be applied to the facts at hand even if it is a difficult result. It is important to read the law anew each time, not assume you know it from memory or have a sense of it.