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Dallas County

Chart of Texas Judicial Department
https://www.txcourts.gov/media/1452920/court-structure-chart-september-2021.pdf

Brochure of the Court System

https://www.txcourts.gov/media/675444/The-Texas-Judicial-System_Print102714.pdf

District Courts

Dallas County (2,613,539 Population)

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Civil District 14 Judge Eric V. Moyé (IN) up for re-election in 2024. Judge Moyé received his B.A., with distinction, from Southern Methodist University in 1976 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1979. Moyé began his legal career with Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P. in Dallas, Texas. He then worked as an attorney and partner with another Dallas-based firm, Hamilton, Koch & Knox, L.L.P. He was a founding partner of Vincent & Moyé, P.C., where he worked until becoming a judge. In 1993, he was appointed to the 101st Civil District Court in Dallas County. He worked there until his election to the 14th District in 2008. 

Association Affiliations: 

  • State Bar of Texas

  • State Bar of New York

  • American Bar Association

  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York

  • Dallas Bar Association

  • American Association for Justice

  • 1990-1994: Harvard Law School Alumni Association of Texas President

  • 1989-1992: Panel of Arbitrators, American Arbitration Association

  • 1989: Dallas Civil Liberties Foundation Treasurer

  • 1987-1994: Dallas Civil Liberties Union

  • 1987-1990: Dallas Symphony Association Governor

  • 1985-1988: Permit and License Appeal Board, City of Dallas

  • 1985: Dallas Homeowners League Political Action Fund

  • 1985: Leadership Dallas

  • 1984-1996: American Judicature Society

  • 1984-1992: Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

  • 1984-1986: Office of Public Utility Counsel Advisory Board

  • 1984-1985: Harvard Law School Association of Dallas Centennial Committee Liaison

  • 1983-1985: Mayor’s Task Force on Housing and Economic Development in Southern Dallas

  • 1983-1985: St. Phillip’s Episcopal School Trustee

  • 1980-1983: Dallas Urban League

  • 1980-1989: Dispute Mediation Services of Dallas

Source: https://ballotpedia.org/Eric_V._Moy%C3%A9

Jurisdiction: Dallas

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Civil District 44 Judge Veretta Frazier (IN) up for re-election in 2026. Judge Frazier is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago and Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law. She has served as an Associate at Jenkens & Gilchrist, Associate Counsel at FirstPlus Financial, Inc., Senior Counsel at Snelling and Snelling, Inc. and in private practice. Today she is a Partner at West & Associates, L.L.P., in Dallas. She is a seasoned litigator with more than 25 years in practice. She has broad experience in the areas of personal injury, education, franchises, commercial litigation, labor and employment, licensing agreements, real estate, and contracts. She has appeared before both state and federal courts. Frazier has been an active member of the bar, including prior service as President of the J.L. Turner Legal Foundation, and service on a range of committees for the Dallas Bar Association and the Texas State Bar, including Woman in the Law and Civic Service. Frazier is an active member of her church. She and her husband have six children and are longtime Dallas County residents. Veretta has frequently volunteered on Democratic judicial and legislative campaigns.

Jurisdiction: Dallas

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Civil District 68 Judge Martin Hoffman (IN) up for re-election in 2026. Judge Hoffman has a Bachelor's from Trinity University, JD from the University of Texas. Judge Hoffman has more than 14 years on the bench, and more than 28 years of combined legal and judicial experience. He has presided over hundreds of jury trials and thousands of hearings in cases encompassing a wide array of civil matters.Judge Hoffman is avidly involved in the legal community and is known as an innovator, mentor and educator. Judge Hoffman recognizes the importance of bringing new perspectives and diversity into the legal field, and his internship program has given more than 250 law students access to the court and real-word experience on the workings of our civil justice system. He has worked to find opportunities to help the community both on and off the bench. He developed a unique "Foreclosure Fairness" program to address home equity foreclosures and give homeowners a voice in the process and a chance to keep their homes. He has been a volunteer for a range of organizations including Habitat for Humanity. He enjoys presiding over mock trials and was a mentor for the Skyline High School Mock Trial Team. Judge Hoffman is a strong supporter of diversity, from his court internship program to work he does within legal organizations. He has been an avid advocate for granting sister bar status for the Dallas Women Lawyers Association and the Dallas LGBT Bar Association. Judge Hoffman takes pride in running a fair, objective and highly-efficient court. He has consistently received among the highest approval ratings for the fifteen civil district and associate judges in the Dallas Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Polls. Judge Hoffman was named Trial Judge of the Year in 2018 by the American Board of Trial Advocates Dallas Chapter. In 2017, the Dallas Women Lawyers Association recognized me as the Outstanding Jurist of the Year. Also, in 2016, he was deeply honored to be awarded the Hon. Cleo R. Steele Committed Mentor Award by the J.L. Turner Legal Association.

Additional past awards include the Texas Attorney Mediators Coalition Outstanding Trial Judge Award, the Texas Tech Alumni Association Outstanding Service Award, the Texas Young Lawyer Association Oustanding Mentor Award and the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Outstanding Mentor Award. Judge Hoffman has been elected four times by the 11,000 members of the Dallas Bar to the Dallas Board of Directors. He was also selected by his peers at the George Allen Courthouse to serve at the Presiding Judge of the Central Jury Room for 2009, and as the Presiding Judgeof the Civil District Judges for 2014. 

Jurisdiction: Dallas

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Civil District 95 Judge Monica Purdy (IN) up for re-election in 2024. Judge Purdy earned an undergraduate degree from Spelman College and a law degree from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. Her professional experience includes working as a magistrate judge in Dallas County. 

She was a member of Law Review and began her legal career at the Houston office of the national law firm of Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP. Building a practice focused on civil litigation and bankruptcy matters, she relocated to the firm’s Dallas office and was later promoted to partner. In this role, she assisted with various municipalities and other public agencies in the recovery of property taxes and related revenue, and successfully represented these governmental clients, which also included Dallas County, in a number of cases heard in jurisdictions across the United States. In 2004 Judge Purdy opened and built a private law practice in Dallas, primarily serving as regional counsel for Fortune 500 clients in litigation and collection disputes before state and federal courts. In 2010, she was appointed as Associate Judge for the City of Dallas, a position that allowed her to maintain a private practice while performing significant duties in the enforcement of the city’s laws and ordinances. Based on this experience, and backed with her passion for legal issues from both sides of the bench, she pursued and was appointed as Associate Judge of the State Civil District Courts. This position was selected by a merit panel in February 2013, consisting of the presiding thirteen elected State Civil Court Judges of the District Courts. Since her appointment and election to the bench, she has consistently received amongst the highest ratings, being ranked as one of the “top two” civil judges in the yearly judicial evaluation poll, evaluating judicial performance, conducted by the Dallas Bar Association of lawyers appearing before her court. 

Source: https://judgemonicapurdy.com/about-judge-purdy/

Jurisdiction: Dallas

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Civil District 101 Judge Staci Williams (IN) up for re-election in 2026. Judge Williams received her bachelor's degree from Smith College in Massachusetts and her J.D. from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C  She has worked as corporate counsel in the defense telecommunications and retail industries. She has served as a trial attorney and an administrative judge for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, counsel to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, a municipal judge in Dallas and an attorney in private practice. Williams has also been on the arbitrator panels for the U.S. Postal Service, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (formerly the National Association of Securities Dealers) Source: https://ballotpedia.org/Staci_Williams

Jurisdiction: Dallas

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District 116 Judge Tonya Parker (IN) up for re-election in 2026. Judge Parker has a Bachelor's from the University of North Texas and a JD from Southern Methodist University. She has twice served as the Presiding Judge for the Dallas County Civil District Courts. Judge Parker has also served as the president of the Texas Association of District Judges. She is a member of the American Law Institute, and serves as an Adviser to the Institute's Restatement of the Law Third, Torts: Remedies project. Judge Parker is consistently recognized for her performance and temperament on the bench. In the Dallas Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Polls for 2013-2019, her overall approval ratings exceed 92 percent, and are among the highest ratings of the judges evaluated in the polls. In January 2021, the Dallas Bar Association awarded Judge Parker the MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. JUSTICE AWARD in recognition of the barriers she has broken in the legal community and her commitment to the principal of equal justice under the law. For the second time in the last five years, the State Bar of Texas African-American Lawyers’ Section awarded her its DISTINGUISHED JURIST AWARD at its 2019 Annual Meeting in acknowledgment of the leadership role Judge Parker played in spearheading the Implicit Bias Project in the Dallas Civil District Courts. In 2018, the Dallas NAACP awarded her the PRESIDENT’S AWARD FOR LEGAL EXCELLENCE. In 2017 she won four prestigious awards: the STONEWALL AWARD from the American Bar Association’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Commission, the DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD FOR JUDICIAL SERVICE from SMU Dedman School of Law, the MAURA WOMEN HELPING WOMEN AWARD from the Dallas Women’s Foundation, and the TRAILBLAZER AWARD from IGNITE. Judge Parker has also been named TRIAL JUDGE OF THE YEAR by the Dallas Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. While in private practice she earned the esteem of her peers. She was recognized as one of the top lawyers in Texas by being voted a SUPER LAWYERS RISING STAR three years in a row from 2006 to 2008, and again for a fourth time in 2010 just before she was elected to office. Also in 2010, she received OUTSTANDING MENTOR AWARDS from both the J.L. Turner Legal Association and the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers. A few years prior, the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers also named Judge Parker OUTSTANDING YOUNG LAWYER OF DALLAS. The Dallas Bar Association recognized her with its OUTSTANDING MINORITY ATTORNEY AWARD and an AWARD OF EXCELLENCE. Judge Parker is also a former AMERICAN MARSHALL FELLOW, in which capacity she traveled throughout Europe for a period in 2005 to promote transatlantic relations and learn about the social, political and economic systems of various European countries. Source: https://judgetonyaparker.com/about-judge-parker.html

Jurisdiction: Dallas

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Civil District 134 Judge Dale Tillery (IN) up for re-election in 2026Judge Tillery has a 

Bachelor's from the University of North Texas and a JD from Texas Tech University. He has extensive experience in civil trial law, and has more than 38 years of combined legal and judicial experience. Judge Tillery is certified as a specialist in Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law. In addition to his service as a District Judge, Tillery also served in the Texas House of Representatives for the 105th District from 1994 through the end of 2001.

Jurisdiction: Dallas

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Civil District 160 Judge Aiesha Redmond (IN) up for re-election in 2026. A graduate of Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University, Judge Redmond was a member of the Law Review, graduated 8th out of 210 students and earned her law degree with Honors.

Awards

  • Outstanding Service Award, Dallas Lawyers Magazine, 2021

  • Who’s Who in Black Dallas, 2019, 2020

  • Rising Star Award, Dallas Lawyers Magazine, 2019

  • Exceptional Woman in Justice and Education, National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., 2019

  • Excellence in Service, National Bar Association, 2018

  • Nation's Best Advocate, National Bar Association, 2018

  • Women of Wisdom Award, Elite News, 2018

  • Certificate of Appreciation, D.A. Hulcy S.T.E.A.M. Middle School, 2018

  • Humanitarian Award, Suburban Dallas Desoto Section – NCNW, Inc., 2017

Affiliations

  • Board Member, Dallas County Juvenile Board (2021-Present)

  • Member, Texas Center for theJudiciary (2019-Present)

  • Member, Texas Association of District Judges (2019-Present)

  • Life Fellow, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (2020-Present)

  • Fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation (2020-Present)

  • Master, American Inns of Court Mac Taylor Chapter (2019-Present)

  • Judicial Section Member, American Bar Association (2019-Present)

  • Member, Texas District & County Attorneys Association (2013-2018)

  • Member, Dallas Bar Association (2008-Present)

  • Member, J.L. Turner Lega lAssociation (2008-Present)

  • Member, American Bar Association(2008-Present)

  • Member, Dallas Bar Association (2008-Present)

  • Volunteer, Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (2008-2014)

  • Member, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (2002-Present)

Credentials

  • Presiding Judge, 160th Civil District Court

  • Litigation Attorney, Complex Commercial Litigation Division, Baker Botts, L.L.P.

  • Assistant District Attorney, Dallas County District Attorney, Civil and Criminal Division

  • Graduate, Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University, with Honors

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree, Southwest Texas University

Jurisdiction: Dallas

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Civil District 162 up for re-election in 2024

Appointed by Greg Abbott

Jurisdiction: Dallas

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District 191 Judge Gena Slaughter (IN) up for re-election in 2026. Judge Slaughter received her undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University and her J.D. from Southern Methodist University. Prior to taking the bench, Slaughter worked as an attorney in private practice. Source:https://ballotpedia.org/Gena_Slaughter

Jurisdiction: Dallas

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District 192 Maria Aceves Attorney (IN) up for re-election in 2026. Bachelor's degree from Southern Methodist University in 2010. Aceves earned a law degree from the Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law in 2013. Aceves' career experience includes working as an attorney at Aceves Law, PLLC. Aceves is an active member of the Mac Taylor Inn of Court, the Dallas Bar Association, the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association, and the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association. Aceves is also board secretary for Avance North Texas.

Jurisdiction: Dallas

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District 193 Judge Bridgett Whitmore (IN) up for re-election in 2026 Her Education Background is as follows:

  • Tulane Law School - May 1998

  • Yale University - May 1995

  • Booker T. Washington H.S.P.V.A - May 1991

Judge Whitmore was an Assistant District Attorney from1999 - 2002 and 2015 - 2017 which represents the State of Texas and Dallas County in civil matters within the County of Dallas. She was also First-Chair trial attorney representing Child Protective Services in termination of parental rights litigation. 

She was a Regional Attorney from 2014 - 2015 which is an Attorney for the State of Texas serving the Department of Family and Protective Services within the Region 3 territory. Represented state agency in protective services litigation matters.

She was Attorney/Partner from 2002 - 2013 Which is an Attorney in the Dallas Office of a civil defense litigation law firm specializing in defending Fortune 500 Corporations in general litigation matters, including product liability, toxic tort, asbestos and silica, insurance defense, business and commercial litigation and employment litigation.

Jurisdiction: Dallas

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Criminal District Court 194 Judge Ernest White (IN) up for re-election in 2026Bachelor's San Diego State University, Law University of Houston

Jurisdiction: Dallas

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Criminal District 195 Judge Hector Garza (IN) up for re-election in 2026. Judge Hector Garza presides over the 195th District Court of Texas, a felony court with jurisdiction in Dallas County. He was first elected to this bench in 2016 as the Democratic nominee, and he is seeking re-election in 2022. Judge Garza has more than 15 years of combined legal and judicial experience, and is a graduate of Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. Before his service on the 195th, Judge Garza worked as a defense attorney and prosecutor. Judge Garza is a native of Dallas County and a graduate of Duncanville High School and the University of Texas at Arlington. Judge Garza and wife Cynthia are raising two children in Dallas and are very active in community service. Judge Garza is a lifelong Democrat who volunteered with numerous campaigns and the party before successfully running for public office.

Source: https://judgehectorgarza.com/

Jurisdiction: Dallas

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Criminal District Court 203  Judge Raquel “Rocky” Jones (IN) up for re-election in 2026. Judge Jones is an exemplary attorney with 24 years of diverse legal experience including prosecution, criminal defense and civil law. Over the past three years, I prided myself on dispensing justice with reliability, impartiality and fairness to both victims and the accused. I am running for re-election to ensure that accountability and justice remain on the court. You deserve a judge who will continue to hold people accountable for their actions by examining the root causes of why offenses are committed. The true test of a good contender often unfolds in the second round. As your current Judge of the 203rd Judicial District Court, I will continue to keep our communities safe and provide fairness to those accused. I am running because the citizens of Dallas County deserve a judge who has a thorough knowledge of the law and honors the laws she is sworn to uphold. When I took office, my goals were to restore accountability, reliability and justice to the Court, and if Dallas County voters allow me the honor of continuing to serve, I promise to maintain dependability in these areas. I am proud and grateful for the opportunity to serve as the presiding Judge of the 203rd Judicial District Court, and I would be honored to be re-elected, so I can continue making a difference in our judicial system. Since my election in 2018, I have been working to keep our communities safe and provide fairness to those accused, but there is still much work to be done. I need your continued support in the fight for equality and justice for all persons who are involved in the criminal justice system.

Source: https://rockyjonesforjudge.com/#about-rocky

Jurisdiction: Dallas

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Criminal District 204 Judge Tammy Kemp (IN) up for re-election in 2026. Bachelor's University of Oklahoma, Law University of Oklahoma, 1988

The Honorable Tammy Kemp is the Presiding Judge of the 204th Judicial District Court in Dallas County, Texas. Since taking the bench in 2015, Judge Kemp has successfully streamlined the court’s docket process, resulting in cost savings to taxpayers and the 204th consistently ranking among the top criminal district courts in the county. Kemp’s genuine commitment to serve the citizens of Dallas County has earned her a reputation of being accountable to the public, compassionate towards victims and fair to the accused. 

  • 2015-Present: Judge, 204th District Court

  • 2006-2014: Assistant district attorney - criminal law, Dallas County

  • 1999-2000: Criminal law attorney in private practice

  • 1994-1999: Assistant district attorney - business organization and administrative law, Dallas County

  • 1990-1993: Retirement and administrative law assistant, Oklahoma Secretary of State

  • 1988-1990: Assistant attorney general, Oklahoma

Source: https://judgetammykemp.com/#hero

Jurisdiction: Dallas

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Family District 254 Judge Kim Brown(IN) up for re-election in 2026.Bachelors from Spelman College and JD from  the University of Texas School of Law.

· State Attorney for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.  

· Attorney for Lawyers Against Domestic Violence and Legal Services of North Texas.   

· Managing Attorney of her own successful private law practice Kimberly C. Brown PC by serving clients in all areas of family law including protective orders, divorce, custody, paternity, child support and property actions in high conflict cases.  

· Certified Mediator in Family and Civil law matters.

· Visiting Judge for Dallas County courts.

 At an early age, Kim Brown made a commitment to work against Domestic Violence in her career and as a community volunteer.  When she was 12 and in junior high school, she received an opportunity to volunteer at a women's shelter.  And she has continued to serve Dallas County’s shelters ever since. After graduating from law school, she went to work representing victims of violence in all areas of family law.  She also is a child advocate and represents children who have been abused and neglected.  Kim Brown is committed to helping and serving our families. She is also a board member with Anna’s House, Dallas Chapter Jack and Jill; and a former PTSA President at her daughter’s high school Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School. She and her family attend Greenville Avenue Church of Christ. 

Jurisdiction: Dallas

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Family District Court 255 Judge Vonda Bailey (IN)) up for re-election in 2026 bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2007. She earned a graduate degree from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2009 and a law degree from the Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law in 2014. She is the managing partner of the Law Office of Vonda Bailey, PLLC. She provides legal assistance in family law, which includes child support, child custody, divorce, and adoption. Vonda’s dedication to leadership is evident through her various service roles she has performed in the community. Her activities include hosting an annual Client Appreciation Yacht Party and Holiday Party where she collects donation items for the less fortunate and children, speaking at Career Day seminars at local schools, sponsoring little league football teams in Oak Cliff, and often providing pro bono services to those who have family law related issues. In an additional effort to give back to the community, Vonda created the viral show, which airs on Youtube,"Support Court with Judge Vonda B." to educate people about child support laws in Texas. Vonda, partnered with another TMSL alum, started the Bailey-Clarke Bar Scholarship. These scholarships are awarded to current third year students at TMSL to assist with their Texas Bar related expenses. Through these efforts, they have awarded over $50,000 in scholarships. In September 2021, the bar scholarship was extended to include the University of North Texas College at Law. As a result of Vonda’s dedication to this endeavor, she was named 2019 Attorney of the Year by the Texas Southern University Dallas Alumni Chapter. Some other notable achievements include the Honorable Ron White Award (Dallas NAACP) and the Dorethea N. Hornbuckle Business Entrepreneur Award (Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.). Furthermore, Vonda formerly held a leadership position as Fundraising Chair with the Stonewall Democrats of Dallas Organization. She is also a member of the Dallas Bar Association, Super Lawyers Texas Rising Stars, Rated 10 Best Law Firms in Texas by The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys and nominated for Best Lawyer Under 40 in Dallas. Given Vonda's commitment to service in the community, true compassion for others, and dedication to restoring fairness in the courtroom, Vonda embodies the characteristics necessary to be an effective and competent judge. 

Source: https://www.vondabaileyforjudge.com/about

Jurisdiction: Dallas

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Criminal District 256 Judge Sandre Streete (IN) up for re-election in 2026. Judge Sandre Streete has more than 20 years of legal experience, including a broad background in family law. She understands court operations and administration and has appeared in Dallas County courts multiple times, including for jury trials.

Sandre Streete's legal career includes in-depth knowledge of and experience in family law. She manages her own firm, handling a range of family law matters, such as divorce, child welfare cases, property division, enforcement, and custody issues. She also serves as an Amicus Attorney and a Guardian Ad Litem. Sandre has a strong knowledge of court proceedings and administration because of her many appearances in court, bench trials and jury trials. Public service is one of Sandre's passions. She served as a Trustee for the DeSoto Independent School District from 2015 to 2018. She has also been active in the PTA, Girl Scouts, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Dallas NAACP, Tri-Cities NAACP, Texas Coalition of Black Democrats, and the Democratic Party in Dallas County. She is married with two children, and attends Concord Baptist Church.Streete is active in legal organizations such as the Texas Bar Association, Dallas Bar Association Family Law Section, and the Annette Stewart Inns of Court. She is a graduate of Wiley College and St. Mary's University School of Law. In addition to working in private practice, Streete has served as an Assistant District Attorney in Dallas County.

Jurisdiction: Dallas

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Criminal District Court 265 Judge Jennifer Bennett (IN) up for re-election in 2026, JD from Southern Methodist University. Prior Asst. District Attorney for Dallas and Harris Counties.

Jurisdiction: Dallas

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Criminal District Court 282 Judge Amber Givens (IN) up for re-election in 2026. Judge Givens-Davis received her undergraduate degree from Tuskegee University and her J.D. from the Syracuse University College of Law. She worked as an assistant district attorney in the Dallas County District Attorney's office before her election. Since taking office she has implemented two alternative justice programs, The Word of Mouth series and the Empowerment Program. The Word of Mouth series gives the public access to the inner workings of the criminal justice system and demystifies the system.  The Empowerment Program is designed to equip probationers with the necessary support and life skills to successfully complete probation. 

Judge Givens' public service extends beyond the courtroom as she serves on the Advisory Board of the Oak Cliff Boys and Girls Club, the Dallas County Juvenile Board, and the Advisory Board of the Dallas Women Lawyers Association amongst other organizations.  In 2015, she was elected as a Texas Bar Foundation Fellow.  Each year the top 1/3 of 1% of Texas attorneys are invited to become Fellows.  This is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a member of the State Bar of Texas. Most recently, Judge Givens was awarded the honor of being selected as the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Outstanding Mentor for 2020-2021.  

Judge Givens is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. [Alpha Xi Omega Chapter] and Concord Church.

Awards and Associations:

  • Moot Court Honor Society

  • East Dallas Boys and Girls Club

  • Advisory Board of the Oak Cliff Boys and Girls Club

  • AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

  • International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition

  • Texas District & County Attorneys Association

Jurisdiction: Dallas

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Felony Criminal District Court 283 Judge Lela Lawrence Mays (IN) up for re-election in 2026. Judge Lela Mays established the Successful Treatment of Addiction Through Collaboration (S.T.A.C.) Court, providing judicial oversight and directional guidance for over 250 felony probationers in a post-adjudication, drug-treatment court that reduces recidivism and saves hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars. I continue to preside over the S.T.A.C. Court today. I began my work in specialty courts in DIVERT court in 2002 and established and presided over the I.I.P. Court, Intensive Intervention Program from 2007-2009.I have been a member of St. Luke "Community" United Methodist Church for over 30 years.  I am proud of the "Corrections Ministry" that we established in 2015 to work with individuals that have had any contact with the criminal justice system where we assist to identify resources and guide those individuals to get back on their feet.  Then, in 2020 we partnered with Legal Aid of Northwest Texas and began ID Impact Texas, which assists all individuals, in clearing up tickets and getting their ID and driver's license free from barriers and suspensions.

There is much work ahead of us. The 283rd Judicial District Court will continue to have someone leading it with experience, demonstrated leadership, dedication and a thorough knowledge of Dallas County, its laws, its courts and its culture. Your endorsement and vote for me will allow Dallas County to continue to have someone who has that and more.

Jurisdiction: Dallas

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Criminal District Court 291 Judge Stephanie N. Mitchell-Huff (IN) up for re-election in 2026 Bachelor's University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Law University of Kansas, School of Law. She is a former District Attorney at Dallas County District Attorney's Office.

Jurisdiction: Dallas

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Felony Criminal District Court 292 Judge Brandon Birmingham (IN) up for re-election in 2026 Judge Birmingham earned an undergraduate degree from Baylor University, going on to receive his J.D. from the South Texas College of Law."I promise to apply the law fairly and impartially, and fiercely maintain an independent judiciary."Judge Birmingham has experience as a chief felony prosecutor and a cold case unit chief. Judge Birmingham’s vast experience as lead counsel in all types of felony cases and as the presiding judge in nearly 100 jury trials (none of which have been reversed) guide his judgement and temperament. Being a Judge isn’t a popularity contest. It’s about making decisions so that outcomes in criminal cases stand firmly on two pillars: the law as equally applied and the facts as they are fairly and fully developed.

Innovation In an effort to avoid mass incarceration, Judge Birmingham established the A.I.M Court, a unique second chance specialty docket that has allowed over 150 youthful offenders the opportunity to avoid the permanent effects of a felony conviction.

Source: https://judgebirmingham.com/about/

Jurisdiction: Dallas

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Civil District Court 298 Judge Emily Tobolowsky (IN) up for re-election in 2026. Judge Tobolowsky received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1976 and her J.D. from Southern Methodist University and 1980. She was an attorney in private practice from 1980 through 2006, when she was elected to the bench.

Awards

  • Private Bar Involvement Award, from Legal Services of North Texas

Associations:

  • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation.

  • Dallas Bar Association.

  • Master of the Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court

Experience and Community Service:

- Elected Judge of the 298th Civil District Court in 2006 and sworn in on January 1, 2007.

- Re-elected by Dallas County voters in 2010, 2014 and 2018.

- American Board of Trial Advocates, Dallas Chapter, Trial Judge of the Year, 2016.

- Presiding Judge for all Dallas County Civil District Courts, 2016.

- Presiding Judge of the Jury Room, George Allen Courthouse, 2011.

- Has been appointed twice as the Pretrial Judge in multidistrict cases by the Multidistrict Litigation Panel of the Texas Supreme Court.

- Prior to becoming a Judge, owned and operated a law firm with practice areas in commercial litigation, including real estate litigation and employment law and litigation. 1999 to 2006.

- Previously practiced with two additional Dallas-based firms, with practice areas ranging from family law to commercial litigation. 1980 to 1998.

- As an attorney, in a nationally-recognized, objective survey of her peers she received the highest rating for legal ability and for professional ethics.

- Former lecturer on real estate & employment law and litigation.

- Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation.

- Member, Dallas Bar Association.

- Member of The William "Mac" Taylor American Inn of Court.

- Past Member,  Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court.

- Past winner, Private Bar Involvement Award, from Legal Services of North Texas.

- J.D., Southern Methodist UniversitySchool of Law, 1980.

- B.A., University of Texas at Austin with High Honors, 1976.

- Past Vice President and Member, Board of Trustees, Temple Emanu-El, Dallas, Texas.

- Past President, Teatro Dallas.

- Past President, Dallas Chapter, American Jewish Committee.

- Past Member, Board of Directors, Greater Dallas Community Relations Commission.

- Past Member, Board of Trustees, The Mexico Institute.

- Past Board Member, Dallas Jewish Historical Society.

- Served as a Democratic Precinct Chair.

Source: https://judgetobolowsky.com/

Jurisdiction: Dallas

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Family District Court 301Judge Mary Brown (IN) up for re-election in 2026. bachelor's degree from the University of Texas in 1982 and a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center in 1986. Prior to her election as a district judge, Brown served as a family law associate judge for 18 years. She worked in the Dallas County District Attorney's Office from 1987 to 1988 and from 1991 to 1995. She headed the family law section of the Finer, Kim & Stearns law firm in 1990 and was a family law attorney at Coover & McCrossin from 1988 to 1989.

Awards and Associations: 

  • Board of directors, Dallas Bar Association Family Law Section

  • Member, Texas Bar Association Crime Victims Committee

  • Member, CASA Educational Seminar Committee

  • Life fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation

  • Lecturer, Dallas Children's Advocacy Center

  • Lecturer, Tarrant County and Dallas County Bar Associations Summer Bar Seminar

  • Lecturer, Presbytarian Health Care System Continuing Medical Education

  • Lecturer, Advanced Family Law Course

  • Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity

  • Sustainer, Junior League of Dallas

  • Volunteer, Dallas Independent School District and Highland Park Independent School District Career Day

Source: https://ballotpedia.org/Mary_Brown_(Texas_judge)

Jurisdiction: Dallas

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Family District Court 302 Judge Sandra Jackson (IN) up for re-election in 2026.

Experienced :

Judge Sandra Jackson presides over the 302nd District Court of Texas, a family court with jurisdiction in Dallas County. She was first elected in 2018 and is seeking her second term. She has 40 years of combined legal and judicial experience.

Fair:

Judge Sandra Jackson believes that the most important thing everyone deserves when they go to court is the chance to be heard. She listens. She makes sure there is a fair hearing of the facts. Her goal is achieving the most just result possible.

Compassionate:

Judge Sandra Jackson knows how stressful family court can be. She is particularly concerned about the impact on children. She has the wisdom and compassion to administer justice and help families through a difficult process.

Source: https://judgesandrajackson.com/

Jurisdiction: Dallas

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Family District Court 303 Judge LaDeitra Adkins (IN) up for re-election in 2026.A graduate of Dallas’ Skyline High School, LaDeitra studied Criminal Justice at Prairie View A&M, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1997. She is the first in her grandmother’s lineage to become a college graduate. LaDeitra went on to obtain her Juris Doctor degree in the year 2000 from South Texas School of law.

LaDeitra has practiced law for 21+ years concentrating in the area of family law with experience in all aspects therein. She also has extensive experience in the area of child welfare and juvenile law matters. LaDeitra has served as amicus attorney for children in high-conflict private child custody cases and has handled a number of these complex cases as principal attorney. LaDeitra is a past chair of the Juvenile Justice Committee and the 6A Grievance Committee, both calculated positions extending her desire to serve into her profession. After helping a number of colleagues accede to the bench, LaDeitra founded Candidate Connection Group, a campaign consulting firm whose clients shared her values, her dedication to fairness, her respect for others and a respect for the rule of law while insisting on efficiency of the process. In her commitment to serve and give back to the community, LaDeitra continues to dedicate innumerable pro bono hours representing grandparents and others seeking custody of children in their extended family.

Source: https://ladeitraadkinsforjudge.com/about/

Jurisdiction: Dallas

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Juvenile District Court 304 Judge Andrea Martin (IN) up for re-election in 202Bachelor's 

Our Lady of the Lake University, Law Texas Wesleyan University School of Law. Former Owner at Martin Law Firm, Former Assistant District Attorney at Dallas County District Attorney's Office, Studied at Texas A&M University School of Law

Jurisdiction: Dallas

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Juvenile District Court 305 Judge Cheryl Lee Shannon (IN) up for re-election in 2026.

Bachelor's University of Houston, Law University of Houston Law Center. Hon. Cheryl Lee Shannon has been a District Judge in Dallas County for the past thirteen years, presiding over the 305th District Court hearing juvenile matters, child abuse and neglect cases and a myriad of matters relating to parental

termination/adoption issues. She was formerly an Associate Judge in Dallas County for both the 304th and 305th District Courts and held this position for four years before being elected to the Bench. Judge Shannon graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Political Science in 1979 and from the University of Houston Law Center in 1982. Upon completion of Law School she worked in various areas of the legal profession including real estate, corporate and family law. Judge Shannon currently serves as the Chairman of the Dallas County Juvenile Board, President of the Dallas County Charter School Board, Chairman of the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission, is a member of the State Bar of Texas Juvenile Justice Committee and has recently been appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas to serve on the Judicial Commission for Youth, Children and Families. She has formerly served as a Board Member of Texas CASA, Board Member of Texas School Safety Center Board, Supreme Court Task Force of Foster Care and Committees relating to Youth Issues that are too numerous to name. She is active member of the Juvenile Section of the Dallas Bar Association and has served on the Nominations Committee for the Judicial Section of the State Bar of Texas. She has been recognized by Dallas CASA and many local civic organizations for her commitment to children. Judge Shannon has been a previous presenter to the Advanced Family Law Course in 2004 – “Kinship – The Ties that Bind” replicated by the Dallas Bar Association and Juvenile Law Conference in 2005 and 2006 respectively and Advanced Family Law Course in 2007 – Gestational Agreements, Termination and Adoption. Judge Shannon is a frequent presenter in Dallas County in Seminars and Conferences relating to Juvenile Law and Child Abuse and Neglect Matters.

Source: https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/juvenile/board/shannon.php

Jurisdiction: Dallas

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Family District Court 330 Judge Andrea Plumlee (IN) up for re-election in 2026. 

Bachelor's North Texas State University, Law Southern Methodist University. Judge Plumlee is an experienced and knowledgeable family law judge whose expertise and fairness is widely praised. Some of Andrea's career highlights include:

  • Appointed Special Master Family District Court

  • Visiting Associate Judge Family District Court

  • Former District 6A Grievance Committee Vice Chair

  • Mediated Over 1000 Cases to Resolution

  • Appointed Special Ad Litem in Difficult Family Cases

  • Frequent Guest Speaker in Child Welfare CLE

  • Guest Lecturer W.W. Caruth, Jr. Child Advocacy Clinic, SMU

  • Served as Mentor Attorney for Child Advocacy Clinic

  • Juris Doctorate, Southern Methodist University (1993)

Source: https://plumleeforjudge.com/about

Jurisdiction: Dallas

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Felony Criminal District Court 363 Judge Tracy Holmes (IN) up for re-election in 2026.Holmes earned a B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin. She went on to receive her J.D. from St. Mary's University School of Law, and she was admitted to the Texas Bar. Prior to joining the district court in 2007, Holmes worked for over 20 years as a criminal attorney. She also has experience as a prosecutor for the Dallas County District Attorney's Office and as an adjunct professor at El Centro College.

Source: https://ballotpedia.org/Tracy_Holmes

Jurisdiction: Dallas

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