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Chief Justice, 5th Court of Appeals

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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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 is your highest priority and how do you intend to accomplish it?

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Campaign Phone (214) 538-9177
Education 1. Law School: University of Missouri, J.D., 1972 2. College: Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, B.S.B.A., 1969 3. University of Dallas, Graduate School of Minsitry, M.T.S. Theological Studies (currently enrolled, 2015-).
I am running for Chief Justice, 5th District Court of Appeals, the largest Court of Appeals in Texas. The Chief Justice renders case decisions and is “CEO” of the court. My qualifications are proven leadership, and 15 years experience on the court.
In 2001, Chapter 64, Tex. C. C. P. became law. A person convicted of a crime may seek DNA testing if the person can show, among other things, there is a “reasonable likelihood” that the evidence contains biological material suitable for DNA testing and identity was or is an issue in the case. If the motion is denied by the trial court, then one can seek appellate review.
As Chief Justice, I will assure efficient operation of all facets of the court so the 13 justices with 52 personnel can decide about 1800 cases per year. Also, I will have frequent interaction with the Texas Legislature in order to assure an adequate budget. This all will be done by hard work, attention to detail, and use of recognized interpersonal and leadership skills