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Justice, 1st 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. Hears appeals on civil and criminal cases from lower courts in its district.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 tener por lo menos 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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Background: What training, experience, and characteristics qualify you for this position?

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Education I graduated from the University of Texas Law School, served on the Texas Law Review, and was the Vice-Chancellor. I have a business degree from the University of Texas at Austin in accounting and Honors Business and graduated with highest honors.
I have two decades of experience as a trial court and an appellate judge. I have been honored locally and nationally for my work to improve justice for all Texans.
The Commission on Access to Civil Legal Services, on which I serve, has made recommendations to the Texas Supreme Court for improving access to civil legal services in Texas. The commission's report is available at I am on the board of the Houston Volunteer Lawyers, which secures representation for those in need.
My primary responsibility is to defend our Constitution and laws and to resolve disputes between Texans. I work to timely resolve cases with reasoned judgments, based on the rules of law that apply to the facts at hand.
Education University of Pennsylvania Law School, Phila., PA (1977): J.D. University of Pennsylvania, Phila., PA (1974): Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude
Work: VP (Occidental Energy); Pres. (DuPont Power); SVP (Conoco Global Power). Boards: Houston Area Urban League; UH College of Arts & Sciences; TSU Jones School; Blaffer Gallery. Prof.: GARP Energy Oversight Comm.; FASB Valuation Resource Group
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