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Justice, 5th 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. Reviews all death penalty cases and applications for habeas corpus in felony cases, hears final appeals on criminal cases, and administers publicly funded judicial and attorney education.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 con 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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    David Evans (Rep) Justice Place 2, Fifth Court of Appeals

  • Robbie Partida-Kipness (Dem)

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

Access to Justice: What recent developments, such as improved DNA testing, provide opportunities to improve the state's indigent defense system in civil and criminal cases appealed from district and county courts?

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

Campaign Phone (214) 991-0235
Education J.D, SMU Dedman School of Law, 1984 (Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Air Law & Commerce, 1983-1984); B.A., Univ. Conn., 1977 (philosophy & Greek); Hebrew and Greek studies, Dallas Theological Seminary, 1977-1981
17 yrs. experience serving as Justice (5 yrs.) and trial judge (12 yrs.); editor-in-chief of the law journal and wrote briefs and argued cases to Texas Supreme Court and courts of appeals; 33 yr.-lawyer, so most qualified to continue serving public.
Access to justice begins with physical access which this January 2018, the Fifth Court of Appeals made possible by acquiring ADA-compliant podiums—first in Dallas County to our knowledge—reduces from full-height to sitting height for wheelchair mobility advocates. Also, we provide internships to area law school students so their legal education includes public service.
Fairly, impartially, and correctly deciding appeals (complaints about trial judges’ rulings) is what we do on the court of appeals and is my highest priority. I accomplish this by reading, listening, and considering each party’s arguments and authorities; knowing and researching the law; then basing opinions on the plain meaning of U.S. & Texas constitutions & statutes.
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