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Justice, 14th Court of Appeals, Place 8

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.
  • Michele Barber Chimene (Dem) Appellate Attorney

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    Margaret "Meg" Poissant (Dem) Attorney-at-Law

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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 (832) 940-1471
Education A.B geology, Dartmouth College J.D. law, Uof H law Center
I have 25 years experience as an appellate attorney and am running for an appellate court. I have respect for the parties and the law, and will follow the law unless the Constitution dictates otherwise. Good listener and believes all persons r equal.
Improved DNA testing could be a boon, but it has to be done, done correctly, and available promptly. Better training of law enforcement to use and make available the tools they have, such as body cameras. Better quality attorneys defending the indigent - the establishment of the Public Defenders Office was a plus. More appellate attorneys actually handling pro bono.
Before you can actually apply the law, you have to know what it is. In my 25 years, I have learned much law, but excellence in legal research is my highest priority and you accomplish that with hard work. I will also check the record to make sure both sides are correctly representing it.
Please see for more detail. Experienced in state, federal, and county courts in broad range of civil and criminal matters. Licensed in Texas and New York, AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell, Texas Trial Lawyers Association.
It is important that indigent defendants choose their own counsel when possible. Having participated in Houston Volunteer Lawyers, I recognize the importance of trust between the client and attorney. The pilot program "Client Choice" is an important development for indigent Texans. Nonprofit organizations, such as the Texas Fair Defense Project, provide those opportunities
To be fair to all litigants and follow the law.

By maintaining high standards of integrity and ethics, using my 32 years of legal experience to rule on the issues presented. I will work diligently to apply the law to the facts of each particular appeal without prejudice to the parties. A fair and impartial ruling is necessary to maintain legal integrity.