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Justice, 4th 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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    Marialyn Barnard (Rep) Justice Texas Fourth Court of Appeals

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    Beth Watkins (Dem) Board Certified Civil Appellate Lawyer

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Biographical Information

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 (210) 602-3836
Education St. Mary's Univ. School of Law J.D. 1992; Texas A&M University Commerce B.S. 1983; Univ. of Texas Law School two semesters while interning for Texas Supreme Court Justice and Texas Criminal Appeals Judge 1991; Samuel Clemens High School graduate
Incumbent Justice Texas Fourth Court of Appeals nine years; authored over one thousand opinions, over twenty-five years of civil and criminal legal experience; Asst. U.S. Attorney, private/corporate counsel and attorney for state and federal judges.
Texas Access to Justice and local Community Justice Programs have increased funding through grants and contributions to provide representation to the poor--in family, probate, and criminal cases. Indigent defense through non-profit organizations has dramatically increase in parental termination and immigration cases in county, district, appellate, federal courts recently.
My highest priority is to know and apply the law equally to everyone without legislating from the bench and while demonstrating excellent, proven judicial temperament as I uphold the Constitution and laws of the United States of America and the State of Texas. My strong work ethic, values, love of family and country help me everyday to accomplish this goal. I love my job!
Campaign Phone (210) 225-6666
Twitter @Beth4Justice
Education JD, St. Mary's University School of Law, 2002 BA, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1999
I am a board certified civil appellate lawyer who has spent her career representing Texas families, injured workers, and consumers as they seek justice in Texas appellate courts. No sitting justices are board certified in civil appellate law.
While scientific advances are critical in specific cases, a more troubling trend is the lack of resources available to indigent litigants in civil appeals. Other appellate courts have adopted projects that match those litigants with volunteer attorneys, but the Fourth Court has not done so yet. I will make launching that program a priority to close this justice gap.
I believe in every Texan’s ABSOLUTE right to an appeal, and I am concerned by efforts to undermine that right or to limit access to our courts. I will work hard every day to ensure that all Texans have confidence that our courts will apply the law fairly and equally to all.