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Justice, 5th Court of Appeals, Place 11

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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    Cory Carlyle (Dem) Appellate Attorney

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

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Campaign Phone (469) 301-1836
Education Nimitz High School, Irving, TX, Diploma; University of Texas, Austin, TX, B.A. Government, History; University of Houston Law Center, Houston, TX, Juris Doctor
I'm a career appellate lawyer, having written nearly 100 appellate briefs. I enjoy delving into what happened at trial, researching the law, and writing about it, which is the chief job of an appellate court justice. I confess: I'm a law nerd!
One excellent development is electronic filing, allowing talented lawyers from all over the state the chance to assist indigent people in remote counties on appeal. Also, the appellate courts and many counties provide electronic access to case documents, allowing attorneys to work much more efficiently, increasing the quality of their work and reducing the time to do it.
My priority is writing readable, thoughtful opinions. Sometimes, there will be disagreement, and there should be. I will not shy away from writing in concurrence or dissent to explain why the law requires a different result. Litigants deserve justices committed to this back-and-forth, and, selfishly, it allows me to dig into the legal arcana to find the right answer.