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Justice Texas Supreme Court 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 final appeals of decisions on civil cases and attorney discipline, issuing writs of mandamus/habeas corpus, and conducting proceedings for removal of judges.Elegido para un período de 6 años. Debe tener entre 35-74 años de edad, ser ciudadano estadounidense, ser residente de Texas, con licencia para practicar leyes en Texas, ser un votante registrado, y tener al menos 10 años de experiencia como abogado o juez. Falla en casos de apelaciones finales de decisiones sobre casos civiles y de disciplina fiscal, de órdenes de hábeas corpus, y administra los procedimientos para la suspensión de jueces.
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Biographical Information

Background: What training, experience, and characteristics qualify you for this position?

Public Protection: The Texas Supreme Court oversees and controls rules and standards for the legal profession. What changes, if any, are needed to provide better protection to the public?

Judicial selection: What changes in the judicial selection process, if any, would improve impartiality and public accountability of judges? Explain.

Responsibilities: Which responsibility of a Texas Supreme Court justice is your highest priority and how do you intend to accomplish it?

Campaign Phone (737) 300-5250
Education Bachelor's from University of Texas at Austin Yale Law School
I have spent many years working on important constitutional issues beginning with my clerkship for the U.S. Court of Appeals, then with the U.S. Department of Justice, the Texas Attorney General's Office and as General Counsel for Governor Abbott.
Regulation of the legal profession must continue to protect the public from unscrupulous lawyers. We should consider regulatory reforms that make legal services more accessible to people of modest incomes. Because government regulation increases costs—in law as in any industry—any reform of the regulation of lawyers must account for the rising price of legal services.
Any system of judicial selection is a balance between independence and accountability. Judges are held accountable to the public through elections, but it is also important that their legal judgement not be swayed by political concerns. The Texas Legislature and Texas voters control their Constitution and should be the ones to decide whether to reform judicial selection.
By far my highest priority on the Court is to work hard to apply the law carefully and accurately to every case. Each case must be decided based on the text of the Constitution and the text of the laws enacted by the Legislature. Each case must be given very careful consideration. I will work as hard as I possibly can to serve Texans well on their Supreme Court.
Campaign Phone (832) 779-0118
Twitter @stevenkirkland
Education BA, History - 1982 Rice University, Houston, Texas; JD, Cum Laude - 1990 University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas; Senior Executives in State & Local Government – 2012 Harvard, Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA
I have 13 years of judicial experience, 27 years of legal experience and over 30 years of community service to the people of Texas. I represented you, the taxpayer, international oil companies and individual homeowners.
Your lawyer is not doing you any good if he or she doesn’t return your phone calls. Neglect and failure to communicate top the list of complaints against attorneys. The Court should require additional training for lawyers and easier access to resources for clients in need of assistance.
I’m running for judge because we need to get politics out of the courtroom. A good place to start is to follow the money. Campaign finance and ethics laws need to be strengthened to guard against undue influence and conflicts of interest. Judicial decisions should be guided by the law, not by the influence of major donors or political power brokers.
All our decisions must be governed by the Texas and US Constitutions, not ideology or politics. “All courts shall be open, and every person … shall have remedy by due course of law,” and “No State shall...deny to any person...the equal protection of the laws.” Texans deserve Justices strong enough to be faithful to the constitution and tell their political backers no.