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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Steven Kirkland (Dem)
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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?
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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.
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