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Justice, 13th Court of Appeals, Place 2

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 (956) 457-3433
Education University of Texas A&M College Station, TX Bachelor of Arts December 1986 The University of Texas School of Law Doctor of Jurisprudence May 1990
I currently serve as your Justice on the 13th Court of Appeals. Over the last six years, I have authored over 500 opinions and have managed my docket well. Before taking the bench, I practiced law for over 20 years in all areas of the law.
Indigent defense primarily applies to criminal cases. Access to justice is afforded those individuals who cannot afford legal representation by providing appointed counsel. Various counties have implemented stricter standards for the qualifications of defense counsel appointed which will no doubt improve access to justice on appeal.
My highest priority is to provide the fair and unbiased adjudication of the cases brought before the Court. This involves thoroughly examining the transcripts, evidence, and points of law in order to ascertain if error occurred in the proceeding. This must be done timely. Opinions rendered must be well written and correctly interpret the law.
Education After graduating from McAllen High School, I earned my B.A. from the University of Texas and J.D. from St. Mary's Law School. I also earned judicial Certificates from the Texas Center for the Judiciary and the New York University School of Law.
I served 6 years as a Justice on the 13th Court of Appeals. I have 20+ years experience as an appellate attorney, am Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Civil Appellate Law, and am licensed to practice before the US Supreme Court.
One recent development is mentoring programs in Texas for indigent defense attorneys to help improve the qualifications and professional preparedness of indigent defense providers. Such mentoring programs will help increase the quality of the state's indigent defense system in civil and criminal cases appealed from district and county courts.
The responsibility that is my highest priority is equal access to justice. I will accomplish this by handing down impartial opinions in a timely manner that are based on interpretation of existing laws as they are written and according to the Constitution. This is the only way everyone has equal access to justice.