A County Court-at-Law Judge can issue writs of injunction, mandamus, attachment, garnishment, sequestration, and habeas corpus in cases where the offense charged is within the jurisdiction of the court. The Judge also can punish for contempt, and has all other powers and duties of the County Judge.
B.A. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J. 1990.
J.D. Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, TX. 1993.
2015-today, Judge, County Court-at-Law #2.
2001-2014. Asst. Atty General, Texas Attorney General.
1995-2000. Asst. County Attorney. Williamson Co.
As a Judge for three years, and having had a diverse case load in my prior career, I have handled cases dealing with many areas of the law. When I have a case in an area I am unfamiliar with, I gather any educational resources available before my hearing. I always review all filings in the case prior to the time of the hearing. At the hearing, I encourage attorneys to present me all of their arguments, and any case law for review. I will read and discuss the issues with all sides at the hearing. Then I will review the material and my notes on the arguments back to review prior to ruling.
Holding individuals who harm society accountable for their actions while providing a structure for individuals seeking to improve themselves to reverse the course of negative consequences that resulted from poor decisions. The role of a Judge is not to wield a “hammer” but to harmonize the power of the justice system with a respect for all parties to a case, employing an appropriate level of accountability and opportunity for individuals to regain a positive path for their futures. It is also important to consider that many courtroom participants are in an unfamiliar place, so be encouraging.
South Texas College of Law, J.D., 2001 (Mock Trial Competition - Best Speaker 2000); University of Dallas, B.A., 1996 (Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society)
Prosecution (trial & appeal) of all categories of criminal cases, including DWI, sexual assault & murder. Civil law experience - plaintiff & defense.
I would begin by reading the pleadings to become familiar with the issues in the case. Hornbooks are a great starting point, but they are no substitute for the candid advice of others, especially of experienced judges. Westlaw and Lexis are helpful once the issues are made clear. However, a judge's greatest asset is that before most decisions are made, the judge has recourse to the attorneys arguing the case. I would listen to the arguments of counsel and where appropriate ask for the attorneys to brief the issues.
Duty. Honor. Justice. It will be my first duty to apply the law as I understand it to be, not as I may wish it to be. I will keep in mind the limited nature of judicial power. It is for the court to apply the law and for the legislature to write it. The judge should rule promptly, firmly and courteously. The judge should be open, fair and even handed with all; favorites with none. Lastly, the judge must remember that it is the people's power with which the judge is entrusted for the good of all. Justice results when the judge honors the people's trust and does the judge's duty.