Oklahoma State University, BS 1976
Southern University Law School, JD 1980 Cum Laude, Salutatorian
Exceedingly qualified Attorney with over 30 years experience; worked 8 years in Legal Services, small law firm, and sole practice;12 years Senior Regional Attorney;10 years private Mediator/managing attorney;5 years ADA; wide ranging practice/manage docket family law; 85% practice of family law; Texas Supreme Court [family law case]; trial work, jury work, as Mediator listen/all sides of case; develop progressive problem solving strategy; exceedingly qualified with substantial legal/professional competence in trial and administrative matters; aptitude in complex legal and fact scenarios; strategic thinker; capacity to develop and implement successful actions plans; legal writing skills; excellent budget manager; guardian/children; efficient
Dallas county is paperless/ courts could save time, money by using technology more; lawyers, clerks, judges and court administrators can increase efficiency with computer technology; e-filing; pleadings disseminated electronically which increases speed and reduces costs; set standards that include encryption; better use with properly designed protections of conference calls; court calls; remote access with security implementations; transcripts via email; use of CD's for discovery; time management methodologies; in some cases remote testimony with proper protections; in some case videos conference with properly secured networks; this will allow more efficient use of time, and management of court access with increased effectiveness in court.
Support the advance of policy/practice changes that support development of quality indigent defense/legal aid programs in state court;
Promote mediations as solutions to legal problems; expand research on innovative strategies to close the gap between the need for, and the availability of, quality legal assistance; protect constitutional guarantee to effective assistance of counsel/eliminate criminalization of poor; ensure all people receive the equal protection of the law, regardless of their money or their means. increase outreach to community resources; community educational forums; volunteer attorney programs; law school clinical programs; outreach to other public/non-profits that provide legal services; work to educate residents.
Mental health, drug abuse, and family violence are concerns that are common; mental health, drug treatment and other support services to reduce family violence are critical; this can improve the quality of life of participants. Courts can make more effective use of limited mental health resources, try to connect individuals to drug treatment and other social services in the community, help to improve outcomes for families with mental illness, drug abuse, or family violence as a components; Courts are a type of problem solving resource that combines judicial supervision with community mental health, drug domestic abuse treatment and other support services in order to reduce criminal activity and improve the quality of life of participants.
B.S. cum laude, Political Science;
J.D. law degree
More than 25 years of experience representing hundreds of clients in all areas of family law ranging from child support to grandparent rights and everything in between; speaker at various family-law related conferences as well as writer on family law-related issues; former city council member, former chair of domestic violence advisory committee, past member, president, or co-founder of various bar organizations including Dallas Bar Association and State Bar of Texas; former LWV member, PTA president, HOA president, and owner of sole practice devoted to family law for 23 years; also helped to draft legislation passed in 2015 legislative session enabling surviving spouses to get mortgage information. Personal: widowed, mom, and grandmother
Keep cases on track by utilizing scheduling orders, limiting continuances except for good cause.
Expand pro bono clinics to the courthouse staffed with volunteer attorneys, newly licensed attorneys, and LANWT staff attorneys. Many individuals come to the George Allen courthouse to get legal help and the only way they can get it now is limited assistance from law library staff who can only refer them to the law books, which is of limited help. They need attorneys with whom they can confer and get legal assistance from attorneys.
The perception that some judges are biased against one gender or the other. This perception needs to be eliminated to the extent possible.