LSU, BID 1984
South Texas College of Law, J.D. 1995
Assistant District Attorney 21 years
Lat 17 years Family Violence
Represented over 10,000 victims of family violence in court.
Expert in Family Violence & Protective Orders and Interference with Child Custody
Published by TDCAA
I train advocates, social workers and volunteers at women centers for victims of family violence. I am a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church and volunteer numerous hours for community services and education.
To answer this question without violating Canon 5 of the Texas Code of Judicial Conduct, I will be brief.
I will listen. I will be respectful of everyone. I will follow the law.
These three things are the most important things a judge can do.
The public has a right to have fair tribunals and should have confidence that their case is being heard by a Judge beyond reproach. My Integrity is everything to me and every attorney I have worked with and against knows that. The idea that someone would garner special favor because they contributed to a judge's campaign is abhorrent to me. I do not expect to receive any substantial contribution from any family attorney who may come before me. However, I believe in transparency and would gladly make that information available to any attorney or litigant that might want it.
I cannot answer this question as I believe it is prohibited by Canon 5 of the Texas code of Judicial Conduct.
BA history, minor political science University of Houston
JD/ University of Houston Law Center
Represented men, women and children in family and DV cases in both bench, jury and appellate cases. Clinical Professor at UH Law taught substantive courses in family & DV. Taught & mentored law student attorneys in family law and unaccompanied minor.
I have served on the following throughout my career, National DV Hotline Houston Advisory Board member, State Bar Legal Services to the Poor Committee, State Bar Poverty Law, Animal Law and Family Law member, HBA family law member, HBA Animal Law Bd.
1. Treat each litigant with respect and dignity
2. Allow each litigant an opportunity to have their case heard timely and sufficiently
3. Have court staff that will treat each litigant and attorney with respect and professionalism
4. Utilize available technology to assist cases and protect the litigants
5. Utilize available technology to enable the attorneys to appear by video or phone (when case appropriate)
6. Appear each day at the appointed court docket time and start on time.
7. Utilize community resources to assist the litigants with the needs of their case (when appropriate) .
8. Be open, objective, and follow the law on all cases.
9. Not show favoritism to any litigant or attorney who comes before the court.
10. Be courteous and mindful of attorneys' and litigant's schedules and do my best to facilitate such if able
11. Not judge a person based on their socio-economic background or their legal status.
1. Decisions in this court literally affect peoples lives and making decisions based on whether someone gave money to my judicial campaign goes against everything I believe in.
2. If needed I will recuse myself from any case where I believe my values and ethics would be compromised.
3. I have not solicited donations from lawyers in my community. To date I have only received donations from two lawyers. The two lawyers who have given money to my campaign are close friends who have also been assisting with my campaign. I have not accepted money from other lawyers and do not anticipate I will raise any significant amount of money from lawyers. Lawyers usually give to the party with whom I am not affiliated.
1. Show up everyday on time and start on time.
2. Work through lunch if needed (and the court reporters are allowed)
3. Stay late (if the court reporters are allowed)
4. Set up an afternoon docket or evening docket if that is feasible.
5. If needed, set reasonable time limits for presentation of evidence on a case by case basis at other times.
5. Allow attorneys to prove up uncontested matters at any time during the day unless the court is in trial.