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Justice, 5th Court of Appeals, Place 5

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. Reviews all death penalty cases and applications for habeas corpus in felony cases, hears final appeals on criminal cases, and administers publicly funded judicial and attorney education.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 con 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 (214) 287-3154
Education J.D. - University of Texas at Austin School of Law (2003) B.A. in English - Wake Forest University (2000)
I have litigated cases on behalf of individuals all over the country, and I know how the rulings of the Court of Appeals affect whether individuals can obtain justice through the courts. My civil background will bring a new perspective to the Court.
The most important developments concern access to competent legal counsel. Organizations such as Legal Aid of Northwest Texas and the Texas Indigent Defense Commission expand available representation to individuals for all types of cases and help develop quality indigent defense programs. Judges should also be a stopgap to ensure proper quality representation for all.
My highest priority is to make sure that laws are interpreted in a manner that takes into consideration their effect on the individuals who are subject to the law. Of course, we must look to the intent of the legislature, but we must also infuse common sense and insight as it relates to the world today.
Campaign Phone (214) 738-3304
Education I attended the University of Texas at Austin and the University of North Texas. In 1990, I graduated for the Texas Tech School of Law
From 1992 through 2014, I served as an appellate prosecutor for the Rockwall County Criminal District Attorney's Office. Since joining the Court in 2014, I have participated in over 1000 cases and authored in excess of 300 judicial opinions.
In addition to increased accuracy, advances in DNA technology have reduced its cost, making it more accessible to low income individuals. Administrative innovations such as the Client Choice Project in Comal County are improving the quality of indigent representation by allowing clients to help choose appointed appointed counsel best suited to meet their individual needs.
My highest priority as a Justice of the 5th Court of Appeals is to remain true to the citizens of our District. Article 2 of the Texas Constitution requires that each branch of our government remain separate. I strive to stay within that mandate by adhering to strict textual analysis of the statutes promulgated by our elected legislature.