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Justice, 5th Court of Appeals, Place 12

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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    Perry Cockerell (Rep) Attorney

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    Jim Pikl (Rep) Attorney

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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 (214) 740-2521
Education B.S. Texas Wesleyan University 1978 J.D. Texas Tech School of Law
I have practiced civil trial and appellate law for over 36 years and am Board Certified in Civil Trial Law. I serve on State Bar of Texas Appellate Council and am the only candidate running who has been elected to serve on the Council.
Most courts of appeals in this state have adopted a Pro Bono panel that refers indigent appeals to volunteer attorneys to handle on a pro bono basis. I am proud to have accepted and handled 4 pro bono referrals over the past several years that were civil and quasi criminal in nature.
To interpret laws and apply them to cases before the court and decide correctly. The court does not make law, advocate changes in the law, advise the Legislature how to make law, perform duties of the Legislature, sit in judgment of the policies of the Legislature, or impose a policy that it may prefer instead of that set out by the Legislature.
Campaign Phone (214) 212-6628
Twitter @pikl4judge
Education BA Mathematics, BA Economics, Eastern Wash. Univ. (both with honors); Graduate Econometrics, Univ. of Arizona; JD Law, Gonzaga School of Law (with honors)
31 years experience in complex commercial and Constitutional/civil rights litigation and appeals, all over the country. I have been counsel in cases involving every type of law the Court of Appeals decides (criminal, family, and civil).
DNA and other technology improvements have made defending cases much more cost-effective as well as ensuring much more accurate evidence is available in court. Indigent defense continues to be a source of tension in our system, and lawyers need to take seriously their oath to improve the system, for everyone, even when they are not being paid by their client.
To ensure that our courts do not become politically weaponized, and instead stick to adjudicating legal issues, supporting the Constitution, and enforcing the rule of law. Accomplishing these things must be the task and goal of the appellate courts if our system is to function as designed and intended. Political partisanship has no place in judicial decision-making.