Justice, 5th Court of Appeals, Place 13
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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Elizabeth Lang Miers (Rep)
Justice, Court of Appeals for the Fifth District of Texas at Dallas, Place 13
Leslie Lester Osborne (Dem)
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?
Which responsibility of a Court of Appeals justice and is your highest priority and how do you intend to accomplish it?
B.A. and J.D. University of Missouri, Columbia; Missouri Law Review; Board of Governors (law students); American Jurisprudence Awards Corporations and Criminal Law; Created and leads Texas State Court Education Program for Externs
14 years as Justice on Court; 28 years private practice; Chosen Outstanding Judge in State of Texas/Texas Bar Foundation; President, Dallas Bar Association; Chair, Judicial Section/Texas; Chair, Appellate Judges Conference/ABA; Chair, Texas MDL panel
Self-represented civil litigants are rarely appointed counsel, judges cannot give legal advice and litigants must follow the law as if they were represented. I have worked to establish a self-help clinic at the courthouse and a pro bono program for our Court of Appeals. These programs will help the litigants have access to the courts and help the Courts be effective.
My highest priority is to follow the law as written and apply it impartially to assure the integrity of our justice system. I will continue to work hard to dispose of cases fairly and efficiently and will perform my duties in such a manner as to justify the the public’s confidence and faith in the justice system.
After graduating from Denison High School, I earned my B.A. from Oklahoma State University and my J.D. from the University of Arkansas School of Law. I practiced at the Law Offices of Richard E. Harrison in Sherman, TX, before relocating to Dallas.
I've practiced civil law in Texas since 1995. I have significant complex litigation experience in insurance defense, product and premises liability, and commercial litigation; and my practice history includes extensive legal research and briefing.
Indigent litigants too often find their right to appellate review waived because errors weren’t preserved through objection at trial. The Texas Indigent Defense Counsel’s recent funding of statewide efforts to train defense lawyers better understand advances in DNA science will improve the opportunity to preserve error so more appeals on case merits may be considered.
In Texas, appellate Justices must fairly and impartially interpret and apply the laws that govern us without regard to the identity of litigants and/or their economic or political interests. My highest priority as a Court of Appeals Justice is to ensure the fair administration of justice for all, and not just for some, by applying case facts to constitutional Texas law.
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