Criminal Defense Attorney, licensed to practice in State and Federal courts in Texas;
Former Assistant District Attorney;
Former Assistant Attorney General;
Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, J.D.;
UTSA, M.A. Spanish;
Southern Methodist University, B.A. English and Spanish
I have worked in criminal law for 18 years. I am a defense attorney, in both state and federal courts, in adult and juvenile courts. I take court-appointed cases, up to 2nd chair on death penalty cases in Bexar County, as well as cases up to aggravated felony offenses in surrounding counties. I am in court every day on criminal matters.
I worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Bexar County for 12 years. I handled hundreds of cases, from arrest to grand jury to jury trial. I handled contested matters on a daily basis. I also worked alongside detectives at ChildSafe. Additionally, I received specialized training in trial advocacy.
As an Assistant Attorney General, I defended state felony convictions. I submitted briefs to federal district courts and litigated evidentiary hearings. Presently, I am on the CJA panel in the Western District of San Antonio for Habeas Corpus.
My experience and training give me the broad-based qualifications to be an effective Judge.
As the Judge of County Court at Law No. 5, I will work on improving efficiency by:
• Developing a consistent order for the court so both the prosecutors and defense attorneys will know what to expect:
o Establishing scheduling orders for pre-trial matters and trials with specific deadlines;
• Working to process cases quickly:
o Providing speedy resolutions and trials;
• Treating everyone equally and with the same degree of fairness;
• Helping create and maintain a professional courtroom environment with respect for everyone involved in the process; and
• Being available at all times.
One of the most significant issues facing the Criminal Courts in Bexar County, and one that I believe is important to address at the County Court level, is recidivism. In County Court at Law No. 5, I will work on slowing down the revolving door of crime by:
• Assessing appropriate punishments that are tailored to meet the needs of the individual;
• Sentencing convicted individuals to programs with a high success rate in rehabilitation;
• Monitoring community supervision programs to ensure the effectiveness of my sentences; and
• Establishing guidelines and monitoring the progress of offenders.
A judge should be neutral and impartial. A judge is essentially a referee, keeping watch for fair play and making sure both sides follow the rules. A judge should follow the law as it is written. Judicial candidates are held to these same standards. While our election process requires judges to run partisan races for election, a judge’s duties do not fall along party lines. Thus, judicial races need not be partisan.
CURRENT EXPERIENCE Julie Patterson, Attorney at Law, Specialize in juvenile law and criminal defense; 436th District Court, Family Enrichment Court Staff Attorney and Team Member, The goal of this specialty court is to reduce domestic violence in San Antonio families;
City of Olmos Park, Alternate Prosecutor;
Alcalde & Fay Consulting Firm, Washington, D.C., - Represented small radio/TV companies’ interests to House and Senate members/staff and the Federal Communication Commission;
Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, Assistant District Attorney; Assistant to the Dallas County Judge, Lee Jackson - Liaison for the County Judge at department and board meetings, including the Sheriff’s Office, the D.A.’s Office, Parkland Hospital and the Dallas County MHMR Board; U.S. Senator Phil Gramm, Washington, D.C. Office, staff member; Sen. Cyndi Taylor Krier, Texas Capitol intern, 1992.
I am from San Antonio and thankful for the education I received in NEISD as a MacArthur High School graduate in 1988. This foundation propelled me to attend the University of Texas at Austin (B.A. Government) and later the University of Texas School of Law. My motivation to serve others was instilled in me by family members who have served as school teachers, school board presidents, military officers, judges, and church volunteers. My experience working in the Texas Capitol, in Washington, D.C., as a prosecutor, for the Dallas County Judge, and now for the past 10 years operating my own law practice gives me unique perspectives that will serve Bexar County well. Additionally, 3 organizations have recently entrusted me with leadership positions, the 436th District Court (Family Enrichment Court Team), the City of Olmos Park (prosecutor) and Morningside Ministries (Board member). I ask for Bexar County's voters to also entrust me to serve them as Judge of County Court at Law #5.
The reason why I am running for judge is to address this one question. Most attorneys, defense attorneys and state's attorneys, do not enjoy practicing in this court for the sheer amount of time it takes to get business done. This lack of efficiency leads to many resets which leads to justice being delayed. If elected I purpose to be on time and tend to the business at hand in an efficient manner. A job as judge is not to lecture at length to each individual that chooses to take responsibility for their actions. I will be a good listener and purposeful with my words.
There are many studies on how to rehabilitate a criminal in order to avoid recidivism. If elected, I plan on requiring those placed on probation for certain crimes to attend specific classes that would hopefully change behavior. For example, I would require a DWI probationer to attend alcohol education and victim sensitivity classes, for someone with a drug charge to attend a drug education program, and for someone with an assault charge, anger management classes. I hope to help people avoid future mistakes.
Judicial races should be non-partisan because judges are to only follow the law set by the state legislature not make it. Bexar County has lost extremely qualified judges due to straight ticket voting.