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Justice, 3rd 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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Biographical Information

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?

Campaign Phone (512) 775-7625
Twitter @Donna4Justice
Education University of Texas School of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence University of Texas, Bachelor of Journalism Mission High School , Texas
EXPERIENCED: 25 years as attorney and ethics advisor TRUSTED: Legal counsel for Governors Perry and Bush/ General Counsel for the Republican Party and elected officials TEXAN: Born in Texas; UT Law graduate CONSERVATIVE: will uphold the rule of law
The Texas Supreme Court and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals set the policies relating to the state’s indigent defense system and the recent developments relating to electronic filing is an improvement as it will lessen costs for pro se litigants.
My highest priority as a justice is to closely follow the text of the law - not legislate from the bench. The Texas Constitution creates three separate branches of government: the legislature passes law; the executive carries out the law; and the court interprets and applies the law. I will follow this constitutional structure and abide by the rule of law, with God's help.
Twitter @j_freel
Education The University of Missouri - Bachelor of Journalism, Magna Cum Laude; The George Washington University - Juris Doctor, High Honors, Order of the Coif
I’m a board certified appellate lawyer with jury trial, civil, and criminal law experience. For nine years, I worked as a federal prosecutor. As a mother of three children, I want to ensure Texas remains as strong as it is now for future generations.
Our system of justice is the best in the world, but it is not perfect. Improved DNA testing is undoubtedly an important tool within that system. With regard to access to justice, the courts belong to the people. Judges should never forget that.
My highest priority will be to reach the correct result in the cases before me. I will approach each dispute without fear or favor and work tirelessly to provide a well-reasoned and timely decision. I will not legislate from the bench.
Campaign Phone (512) 657-9048
Twitter @monsonforjudge
Education J.D., with honors, University of Texas School of Law; B.A. magna cum laude, Wabash College; Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law
I am a fifth-generation Texan, Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law, and ready to serve you on the court of appeals. I started my career as a clerk at the Third Court, and for the past 15 years I have been the State's go-to appellate lawyer for Third Court cases, working for Texas's Solicitor General. I am scholarly, hardworking, and fair.
The biggest opportunity is the creation of an appellate counsel pro bono program, recently implemented in the Third Court. A lot of appellate advocacy depends on being comfortable with the appellate process and procedures, and the pro bono program expands people's options in bringing appeals. Because substantive challenges to criminal convictions don't originate in the appellate courts, the best way that the courts can insure access to justice is to help contain the costs of litigation.
An appellate judge always has to keep one eye on the facts of the case and the other on how the legal rules will impact other cases. The rules a judge announces need to be clear and easy to understand, so that lawyers and clients don't have to gamble thousands of dollars on the outcome of an appeal. A judge can't make up policy. But a judge must be responsible in how the law is described and implemented. That takes a balance of scholarship and real-world experience.
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Campaign Phone (512) 301-9102
Education University of Texas School of Law, JD 1988; University of Texas at San Antonio, BA-Political Science, Magna Cum Laude 1985; Tom C. Clark HS, San Antonio, TX 1982
For over 22 years, I have presided over all levels of our state trial courts and have dealt with a broad scope of complex legal issues. I have earned a reputation for being fair, balanced, courteous, and for listening to all sides of a case.
Along with the furthering of the development of forensic science, one of the most important improvements to our state's indigent defense system would be the allocation of the necessary resources, not only just for lawyers, but also for their support personnel (investigators, experts, staff) to ensure that indigent defendants are provided legal assistance that is meaningful
My first priority is the adherence to the rule of law and its principles. The dispensation of justice towards all parties should be without regard to race, national origin, religion, or socio/economic status. Popular opinion should not dictate or influence the administration of justice. I will rely on my 22 years of judicial experience to achieve fair and impartial result.