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PERFORMANCE & EXPERTISE: Please outline your legal experience, including any specializations and peer review status. Describe any public reprimands or suspensions you have received.

EFFICIENCY: What methods do you support, if any, to increase the efficiency of the County Criminal Courts to provide swift justice?

ACCESS TO JUSTICE: What, if anything, should be done to improve access to justice for low income residents in criminal cases? What options, if any, should be considered for reducing the incidence of jail time for those who do not have the money to pay a fine?

OTHER ISSUES: What other issues do you believe are most pressing in the County Criminal Courts, and how would you address them?

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Age 50
Education B.S, Huston-Tillotson M.B.A.-Dallas Baptist University J.D.-Texas Wesleyan University
Campaign Phone (214) 929-0662
Twitter @audrey4judge
I have actually worked in the Dallas County Criminal Courts consistently since 2007. I have experience in representing people in all types of criminal matters including felonies and misdemeanors. I serve on the Board of Directors of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and State Bar of Texas. I am a member of the Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Dallas Black Criminal Bar Association where I am the immediate past Vice President. I am recognized as a legal educator in criminal defense, legal ethics and serve on the faculty for National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Texas Trial College. Peer Review: Best Criminal Defense Attorney in Juvenile Matters, 2015, 2016 and 2017
I have a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a focus on Organizational Management. I is a rare process that cannot be improved. I participated with other lawyers in discussion about ways to be more efficient such as uniformity of forms in all misdemeanor courts, the use status conferences with the prosecutors and defense to help keep the matter moving forward. Courts are beginning to use technology, such as Skype for certain hearings, which will allow the court to increase the number of cases heard and will also allow defendants the opportunity attend work or caregiving responsibilities instead of spending hours in court. Victims and defendants both have an interest in swift justice.
I have been serving on the State Bar of Texas’ Legal Services To The Poor in Criminal Matters Committee for several years and worked with Access To Justice at the local level. Judges have the ability to ensure the public defender or appointed lawyers are promptly placed on matters. The Judge, where able, should waive court costs, fines, fees and other options such community service. Judges have the ability to grant personal recognizance bonds, waive arraignments and perform other administrative duties which support bond reform. I will be conscious of the severe economic consequences and implement creative strategies and alternatives.
The disproportionate representation of black, brown and poor people in the courts give rise to concerns regarding implicit bias. I recently participated in the Beyond The Bench Summit hosted by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and Supreme Court of Texas. The higher courts recognize that the training of judges is critical to achieving justice and restoring trust in the criminal justice system. My primary focus will be, bond reform and reducing recidivism. My work on the Board of Nexus Women’s Recovery and Unlocking Doors , which specifically addresses recidivism will help in developing diversion programs that are responsive to people that may be homeless or have issues with substance abuse and mental illness.