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District Judge, 295th Judicial District

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Education/Degrees Cy-Fair High School -1993 University of Houston -1998 South Texas College of Law Houston -2004
Professional Experience Harris County Attorney's Office Harris County Sheriff's Office Fraga Law Office
Community Involvement Board Member: Harriet & Joe Foster YMCA; Catholic Charities; Houston Bar Association, Mexican American Bar Association Houston, Hispanic Bar Association, Jr. League of Houston, M.D. Anderson, Sheltering Arms, HISD, AIDS Foundation Houston
Campaign Email info@fragaforjudge.com
Campaign Website http://www.fragaforjudge.com
Campaign Phone (832) 767-5833
I will come to the bench prepared; open minded; listen to the evidence; apply the law fairly; ensure that parties have adequate time to present their cases and schedule trials and hearings timely.
Under the present system, funding for judicial races comes from many sources, including lawyers. However, the many citizens that have supported or will support my campaign expect and ask only one thing: that I perform my duties with the dignity, honor, honesty and integrity that is expected of the office. I am fully committed to uphold that expectation
To ensure that cases are heard in a timely manner I would dismiss frivolous lawsuits, limit continuances, set quick trial dates, make the best use of technology and hold attorneys responsible for their cases.
Education/Degrees University of Houston Law School, J.D., 1990; Pepperdine University School of Law, in California and England, 1987-1988; University of Texas at Austin, B.B.A., Finance, 1986; Sam Houston State University, 1982-1984
Professional Experience I have served the community as a municipal attorney, including as a legal advisor, prosecutor, and civil litigation attorney, for over 26 years. I have also served the community as a municipal judge.
Community Involvement Served as a municipal attorney 26 years. Served as a municipal judge. Member of several organizations. Past President of local homeowners' association, Rotary club, Optimist club, lawyers' association, and Republican club.
Twitter @Richard4Judge
I have upheld my oath of office throughout my professional career…and I will continue to do so. I have gained valuable experience over the years meeting and working with thousands of people of all walks of life, including mayors, other city officials, chiefs of police, police officers, firefighters, supervisors, employees, legal secretaries, volunteers, judges, clerks, bailiffs, court reporters, attorneys, witnesses, jurors, and residents…and I will continue to serve the people. I will treat people the way I would want to be treated. I will ensure that all such parties have an opportunity to present their case and I will fully consider what they say. My decisions/judgments will be based on the law and the facts in order to ensure a fair and impartial adjudication of the case. I will not legislate from the bench. I will continue to be a servant of the people. Also, see my website for more information (www.RichardRisnger.com).
In sum, as your next Judge of the 295th Civil District Court, I will uphold my oath of office, I will not legislate from the bench, I will make decisions timely and based on the law and the facts in order to ensure a fair and impartial adjudication of each case, and I will treat people the way I would want to be treated. In other words, I will ensure that the 295th Civil District Court is among the most fair and efficient courts in the state, for We The People.
As judge, I will make decisions timely and based on the law and the facts in order to ensure a fair and impartial adjudication of each case. I will schedule a meeting wherein I invite attorneys to attend and ask for their input. I will also discuss with the attorneys that is very important to me that the court run efficiently and that I need their help in order for that to happen. For example, I will let them know that I expect them to comply with the Docket Control Order. Also, I will talk with some of the other judges and ask for their input. I will make sure that court personnel are efficient. In sum, I will use all of my past experiences and my judgment to ensure that the 295th Civil District Court is among the most fair and efficient courts in the state, for We The People.
Education/Degrees BA- Duke University (Magna Cum Laude) JD- Washington University School of Law (Order of the Coif and Order of the Barristers)
Professional Experience 32 years of practice in commercial and personal injury law. I have tried cases throughout the State of Texas ranging from insurance coverage to death cases. I have argued in front of several state Courts of Appeals and the US 5th Circuit
Community Involvement Participate in HBA's "Teach Texas" program; Served on the Board of Directors of Dad's Swim Team, Inc., Served as Election Judge and Clerk, Served as "Special Commissioner", Teach Insurance law class at South Texas College of Law
Campaign Email fred@electfred295.com
Campaign Website http://electfred295.com
Campaign Phone (713) 523-3330
Twitter @fredshuchart
Ensuring that a party has their day in court is essential to the judicial process. I will provide unrepresented litigants with information regarding referral services and allow them a reasonable time to obtain counsel if they desire. I will set all matters for trial within the guidelines established by the Texas Supreme Court and will grant continuances when necessary and approved by the parties themselves. I will hold smaller and more frequent dockets for hearings and I will rule timely. I will be prepared to fairly and timely rule on all motions and trial related matters.
The fundamental premise of the United States is that we are a country of laws. A reverence for that principle is why I decided to run for judge. As an active judge, rather than an activist judge, I will apply the law as written instead of rewriting it from the bench. Impartiality depends on basing all rulings on the law, not personal biases or beliefs. Finally, our public servants who enforce the law all must recognize that we have a duty to the public to avoid both the appearance of impropriety as much as impropriety itself. Recusal from the process is crucial when doing otherwise would potentially impact public confidence in our legal system Additionally, other than ensuring the accuracy of my public filings, I do not review contributions to my campaign.
The most pressing issue is the lack of respect for the jurors and parties’ time. As Judge, I will ensure that jurors do not have to sit around waiting for the Court or attorneys to proceed. I will have smaller but more frequent dockets so that clients and attorneys do not have to sit around for hours waiting to have a 5 minute hearing. I will hold regular status conferences with the attorneys to ensure that the case is proceeding in a timely fashion. Cases will be set for trial within the guidelines provided by the Texas Supreme Court and continuances will be granted only on an as needed basis.