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District Judge, 189th Judicial District

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    Fred Cook (Dem) Partner, Wilson, Cribbs & Goren

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    Scot "Dolli" Dollinger (Dem) Attorney at Law

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Education/Degrees Bachelor's Degree, Wabash College, 1979 Law Degree, Vanderbilt Law School, 1982
Professional Experience I have practiced civil litigation in Houston, for both plaintiffs and defendants, in both federal and state trials for 35 years. I have handled a wide variety of litigation, including banking, construction, oil & gas, real estate and trust cases.
Community Involvement I served for many years as a precinct chair & election judge in my neighborhood. I have been active in the Presbyterian church & was Director of the Texas Conference of Churches. I also was active with the Caring for Children Foundation in Bellaire
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My 35 years of litigation experience, representing both plaintiffs and defendants, has given me a comprehensive understanding of the civil justice system and appreciation for the challenges facing litigants. As a judge, I would ensure each side in a matter has the opportunity to make its case to the fullest extent possible. I would consider the evidence and law in each case before me, weigh arguments and make the best possible ruling based on that information.
When I last ran in 2008, I raised approximately $80,000 and approximately half of the donations came from attorneys I had cases against in the past. In other words, many if not most of the lawyers who had cases against me were still making donations to get me elected. While I appreciate all donations, my integrity is precious to me and it will not be compromised at any price.
I will set hearings promptly and not maintain limited lists that force litigants to wait weeks for a hearing on a matter, thus delaying the development of the case. Further, I will try to complete all cases on a two week docket and am looking into some kind of trailing docket to get all cases tried on or near their first setting.
Education/Degrees Northwestern University - Bachelor of Science in Speech - 1984, Emory University School of Law - Juris Doctor - 1987
Professional Experience Dolli has been practicing civil trial law for 30 years helping injury victims. Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law - Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Highest Peer Review Rating of AV® Preeminent™- Martindale-Hubbell.®
Community Involvement An active member of Praise Chapel Church in Webster, Texas donating over 1,000 hours of free legal services in last ten years. Gives to multiple charities too numerous to list such as Houston Food Bank. Child Advocate and Foster Parent trained.
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I am a very hard worker, extremely organized and efficient. I have tried over 40 civil cases to verdict, litigated cases in over 60 counties, filed appeals in the 1st & 14th Court of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and both the Supreme Court of Texas and of the United States. I know how to properly run a court room having worked in court rooms all over Texas for over 30 years. I will follow the law without bias, sympathy or prejudice and allow lawyers adequate time to pick juries making sure no one is excluded based on race, gender or sexual orientation. If people do not have a lawyer, I will give them adequate time to get one and refer them to free legal services available in our community. I am patient. I listen. I learn. I hate injustice. I have a burning desire to do what is right in every case, every time. I believe in justice for all no matter what. I believe ins separation of church and state.
It seems odd that we elect judges through partisan elections to pick the best people from each party who the party thinks can be most fair. Nevertheless, because of caps on donations and transparency in giving, I do not believe our current system of partisan election and campaign giving results in unfair outcomes. If a judge wants to be dishonest -- heaven forbid -- the judge will be dishonest regardless of the system we use. At the end of the day, each judge must have the strength of character to do what is right no matter what every time in every case and follow the law regardless of who the parties are and regardless of who has donated to a judge's campaign. Good judges follow the law and strive for correct outcomes and fair decisions in every case. If they fail to follow this standard of conduct, then we should remove them from office via our election process.
I will work hard every day to conduct hearings and trials efficiently and fairly. I will make rulings quickly, decisively and fairly. I am a student of the law who has been practicing civil trial law for over 30 years. I am ready to be the judge of this court on day one.