State Level Judicial Candidates

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

I cannot stress enough how important the Judges are in the day and time in which we live. Especially Democratic Judges. Not only do they make empathetic compassionate rulings that follow the law they have developed on their own special programs to stop the school to prison pipeline and the revolving door on prisons. I will list the ones I know about under the Community Service button. They are in the trenches and know what would improve our judicial systems. Another program I have come across is separating the mentally ill to get treatment under doctor care into special hospitals for that purpose. There are many more...not to mention how the clean up from the last President is being done through the courts and they are able to right so many wrongs. Support them with donations and with getting elected, educate the public about them, and above all vote for them. The Judges will save us. Make sure there is a Democratic Judge in every possible position. As the voter you are the HR person for the state. Make sure to voter for a Judge who is well qualified. Who is experienced. Who has a fair and impartial record. And elect with a emphasis on diversity. Everyone should have a place at the table and be judged by their peers. An educated voter is always a good thing. 

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Texas Supreme Court: 

The Texas Supreme Court is composed of the chief justice and nine justices. It is the state highest appellate court along with the Court of Criminal Appeals. It is the final appellate jurisdiction in civil and juvenile cases in the state. It is in Austin, immediately northwest of the state Capitol. Supreme Court justices are elected to staggered six-year terms in statewide elections. When a vacancy arises the governor may appoint a Justice, subject to Senate confirmation, to serve the remainder of an unexpired term until the next general election. Justices must be at least 35 years old, a citizen of Texas, licensed to practice law in Texas and must have practiced law (or have been a lawyer and a judge of a court of record together) for at least ten years (see Texas Constitution, Art. 5, Sec. 2). By statute the Court has administrative control over the State Bar of Texas. Tex. Gov't Code § 81.011. The Court is also the sole authority for licensing attorneys in Texas and appoints the members of the Board of Law Examiners, which administers the Texas bar examination. Tex. Gov't Code §§ 82.00, 82.004. The Court promulgates the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, the Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure, the Texas Rules of Evidence and other rules and standards.

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Justice Erin Nowel for Texas Supreme Court Place 3  currently Justice for the 5th Court of Appeals Dallas that reviews criminal, civil and family cases from Dallas, Collin, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman and Rockwall counties-graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Texas School of Law. Previously was a trail attorney and law firm partner for 15 years, Elected to 6 year term on the Court of Appeals in 2017.  Justice Nowell was selected as a Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star from 2015-2017. She was also named one of the National Bar Association's Top 40 Advocates Under 40, and was honored with the 2018 Texas Women Lawyers Brenda Tso Rising Young Lawyer Award.

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Justice Amanda Recheck for Texas Supreme Court Place 5 Currently Justice for the 5th Court of Appeals Dallas, is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law, and before she joined the court she spent much of her legal career advocating for the rights of employees and labor unions. In 2003 she graduated, with honors, from Texas Tech University School of Law. During law school, she clerked for the Houston Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO and Texas Rural Legal Aid, a non-profit law firm that advocates on behalf of migrant farmworkers. Following law school, Justice Reichek worked for several prominent employment law firms and eventually started her own practice. Throughout her private practice, Justice Reichek represented exclusively employees and labor unions.  

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Justice Julia Maldonado for Texas Supreme Court Place 9 Currently Judge of the 507th District Court. She is the past Administrative Judge – Family Law Division of Harris County and out of the ten family court judges, Julia is the senior judge. Prior to being elected, Julia was a practicing attorney at the J. Maldonado Law Firm, P.C., which she started in 1998. The J. Maldonado Law Firm, P.C. was a general legal practice firm, representing clients in Texas state and federal courts in the areas of immigration, criminal-defense, family, tax, and probate matters. Prior to establishing the law firm, Julia was a solo practitioner. Judge Maldonado has been licensed to practice law for over twenty (20) years and practiced for eighteen years before first being elected Judge in 2016. During her years of practice as an attorney, Judge Maldonado had the privilege to appeal several cases to Texas Court of Appeals and a case to the Texas Supreme Court. Prior to Judge Maldonado becoming an attorney she worked as accountant in the construction industry for over fifteen (15) years.

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Court of Criminal Appeals:

This is one court with nine justices. It is the final appellate jurisdiction in criminal cases. The court may choose whether or not to review a case. The only cases that the court must hear are those that involve sentencing decisions in capital punishment cases and other cases involving liberty issues, such capital punishment cases, cases where bail has been denied and habeas cases where a person being detained attempts to prove some constitutional right has been violated as a result of their detention. The court is based in the state capital, Austin. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals hears both mandatory and discretionary cases. "All cases that result in the death penalty are automatically directed to the Court of Criminal Appeals from the trial court level. A significant portion of the Court’s workload also involves the mandatory review of applications for post-conviction habeas corpus relief in felony cases without a death penalty, over which the Court has sole authority. In addition, decisions made by the intermediate courts of appeals in criminal cases may be appealed to the Court of Criminal Appeals by petition for discretionary review, which may be filed by the State, the defendant, or both. However, the Court may also review a decision on its own motion."Article V of the Texas Constitution vests the judicial power of the state in the court, describes the court's jurisdiction. It also details the rules for judicial eligibility, elections, and filling vacancies on the court between elections.

Salary: Chief: $187,800, Associates: $184,800

Term: 6 year

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Court of Criminal Appeals Candidates:

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Judge Dana Huffman for Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Place 5 is a respected attorney and municipal judge in the North Texas area for over 25 years of combined legal and judicial experience, and she has presided over hundreds of bench and jury trials.Judge Dana Huffman understands that nothing is more important in our justice system than fair and equal treatment for every citizen.The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has been 100% Republican for many years. We need more diversity of experience on this court. She currently serves as a municipal judge and magistrate for five cities, and as a prosecutor for three cities. Judge Huffman has served as a faculty member for the Texas Municipal Court Education Center. She is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University with a BA in Business Administration, and she earned her law degree at Texas A&M School of Law (previously Texas Wesleyan).

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Justice Robert Johnson for Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Place 6 is a judge of the Texas 177th District Court in Harris County.. His current term ends on December 31, 2024. He was born in New York City, but lived in Houston for the past 40 years. After graduating from Sharpstown High School, he attended the University of Houston and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Business and Commerce in 1990. He worked in the private sector from 1990 through 1998. He received his law degree from Thurgood Marshall School of Law in 2001. While in law school, heI had the opportunity to do an internship with the Fort Bend District Attorney’s Office. After finishing law school, he opened up my own practice. Prior to becoming a judge, he did criminal defense work for 13 years. Hey s committed to making his rulings based upon the law and remain fair/impartial at all times. Thank you for your support!

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First Court of Appeals: 

The Court is composed of one Chief Justice and eight justices. It has intermediate appellate jurisdiction where it hears appeals as well as original proceedings. They preside over intermediate appeals from trial courts in their respective courts of appeals districts. The First Court of Appeals sits in Houston and overs 10 counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Harris, Waller, and Washington.                                                                                   Source: https://ballotpedia.org/Texas_First_District_Court_of_Appeals, https://www.txcourts.gov/1stcoa/

Courts of Appeals:

These Courts consists of 14 Courts with 80 Justices.  The Courts of Appeals are a set of 14 appellate courts in the Texas judicial system with intermediate jurisdiction in civil and criminal cases that are appealed from the lower district or county courts. The number of judges serving on each court is defined by statute and varies from three to 13. At a minimum, "each Court is presided over by a chief justice and has at least two other justices." There are currently 80 judges authorized by statute for the 14 Courts of Appeals. Most cases are only heard by three justices; cases only require the full slate of justices in extreme circumstances. The purpose of the original Courts of Appeals was to help hold down the amount of civil cases going to the Supreme Court. As of 1980 it also hears Criminal Cases. Judges serve six-year terms and are elected through partisan elections. Vacancies between elections are filled by the governor, with advice and confirmation by the Senate. Appellate courts hear appeals in cases which have been previously tried in the trial courts. No new evidence is presented and no witnesses are heard on the appeal of a case. The facts of the case have been determined at the trial, and all testimony and evidence are contained in the record which was made in the trial court and sent to the appellate court when the appeal was made. The appellate court makes its decision on the appeal based on a review of the record and the arguments of the attorneys for both sides. The decision is based solely upon the evidence contained in the record and the law which pertains to the facts of the case. Each court of appeals has jurisdiction over appeals from the trial courts located in its respective district. The appeals heard in these courts are based upon the “record” (a written transcription of the testimony given, exhibits introduced, and the documents filed in the trial court) and the written and oral arguments of the appellate lawyers. The courts of appeals do not receive testimony or hear witnesses in considering the cases on appeal, but they may hear oral argument on the issues under consideration.

The Legislature has divided the state into 14 court of appeals districts and has established a court of appeals in each. One court of appeals is currently located in each of the following cities:

  •  Amarillo • Austin • Beaumont • Corpus Christi/Edinburg • Dallas • Eastland • El Paso • Fort Worth • San Antonio • Texarkana • Tyler • Waco • Houston (2) Source: https://juliecountiss.com/faqs/

 

Qualifications: Citizen of the United States and of Texas, between the ages of 35 and 74, a practicing lawyer, or lawyer and judge of court of record together, for at least 10 years. Salaries of elected state judges in Texas are set by the state legislature.

 

Salary: for an appeals court justice is $154,000, up from $140,000. Chief justices make an additional $2,500. Appeals court justices have the potential to earn up to an additional $9,000 annually that can be paid by the counties in which they preside for extra judicial services performed. The annual state salary for justices on the Courts of Appeals is set at 110 percent of the salary of district judges. After completing 16 years of service, Texas judges are entitled to monthly longevity pay. The pay is 3.1 percent of their monthly state salary for each year of service credited in the retirement system after the first 16 years.

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Julie Counties Chief Justice, 1st Court of Appeals Justice Countiss was born and raised in the Texas Panhandle. She graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and joined Teach for America in 1993. Her experience teaching elementary school in the South Bronx, New York City with TFA, ignited her passion for public service. After graduating from the Law Center at the University of Houston in 2002 and years of working in private practice, Justice Countiss returned to serve her community as Assistant County Attorney in the Office of the Harris County Attorney. One of her proudest pro-bono accomplishments was working as a volunteer attorney for Kids in Need of Defense where she represented unaccompanied minors from Honduras and El Salvador in immigration court and in their applications for permanent residency.  

In 2019, Justice Countiss was appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas to serve on the Children’s Commission–a judicial commission for children, youth and families in Texas. She also serves on the Legislative Committee of the State Bar of Texas Judicial Section, she co-chaired the Houston Bar Association’s 2021 Civil Trial and Appellate Bench Bar Conference, and she is co-chair of the Membership Committee for the National Association of Women Judges. Justice Countiss is passionate about providing opportunities for law students from all backgrounds to intern in the courts and to find mentors they can look to for support.  The practice of law can often seem like a private club meant only for those with the right connections or pedigree. But the law is there to serve everyone equally and our lawyers and judges should reflect the diverse backgrounds of our community. So along with judicial colleagues from other courts in Harris County, in April 2021, Justice Countiss co-chaired the Color of Justice Program.  Color of Justice encourages girls and minorities of all age levels to consider legal and judicial careers by bringing them together with judges and lawyers, and providing them with resources to pursue their goals.

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 Mike Engelhart Justice, 1st Court of Appeals place 4 Engelhart received his undergraduate degree from University of Michigan and his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center. Prior to his election to the bench, he was in private practice at Engelhart & Greenwood, LLP.  Mike Engelhart has been the Judge of the 151st Civil District Court since January 1, 2009 after being elected county-wide in Harris County in November 2008. He was re-elected in 2012 and 2016.  A 1995 graduate of The University of Houston Law Center, he was an Associate Editor of the Houston Law Review.  Before that, he earned a BA in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Michigan.  He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial law, and speaks Spanish fluently. Judge Engelhart is on the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists (TACTAS), and is on the Board of Directors of Greater Houston Kosher Chili Cookoff, Inc. (a 501(c)(3) organization).  He is also a Fellow of the College of the State Bar of Texas, a frequent CLE speaker, and a certified mediator.  In 2016 he won the University of Houston Law Center Alumni Association “Public Sector Achievement Award,” and the “Trial Judge of the Year” from TACTAS. In 2017, Judge Engelhart was awarded the Franklin Jones Best CLE Article prize by the College of the State Bar of Texas. In 2019, he received the President’s Award from the Houston Bar Association (HBA) for his work as co-chair of the 2019 Civil/Appellate Bench Bar Conference. He was also elected to his second term as Civil Administrative Judge of the 24 Civil District Courts of Harris County in December 2018. He lives in Bellaire with his wife of 25 years, Eva, who is an attorney and a Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee.  They have two boys, Joey, 22, a UT graduate, and Zachary, 19, a sophomore at Texas A&M University. During his 13 years on the bench he has consistently been ratedamong our most qualified judges by the Houston Bar Association*; The Houston Chronicle said *…..Judge Engelhart is among the top judges in the county, if not the state..." (October 4, 2012); Trial Judge of the Year from the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists; University of Houston Law Center Alumni Association Public Sector Achievement Award; Franklin Jones Best Continuing Legal Education Article Award fromthe College of the State Bar of Texas; Brings cases to trial quickly through educated and reasoned rulings.

Counties: Harris, Fort Bend, Brazoria, Galveston, Washington, Austin, Waller, Grimes, Chambers and Colorado 

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Second Court of Appeals: 

The Court consists of one Chief Justice and six justices. Cases heard include all types of civil appeals and all types of criminal appeals, except where the death penalty has been imposed. Death penalty cases are appealed directly to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in Austin. The Court also has jurisdiction over original proceedings in its 12 counties, such as writs of mandamus, injunction, prohibition and habeas corpus. It serves the Fort Worth area, including 12 counties: Archer, Clay, Cooke, Denton, Hood, Jack, Montague, Parker, Tarrant, Wichita, Wise, and Young.

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Delonia Watson for Justice of the Texas Second District Court of Appeals, Place 3  She earned a B.S. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1978 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1982. Watson’s career experience includes working as an assistant United States attorney with the United States Attorney's Office, an attorney in private practice, and an assistant district attorney in Tarrant County. She has also served as the minister at Legacy Fellowship Church, a coach for Fort Worth Hornets Youth Basketball Association, Inc., and is affiliated with the Black Women Attorneys of Tarrant County.

  • S.B. in Chemical Engineering from MIT

  • J.D. from Harvard Law School

  • Licensed to practice law in Texas since 1984

  • 36 years focusing  on Appellate Advocacy

  • 3.5 years as an Assistant District Attorney (practiced before the 2nd Court of Appeals and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals)

  • 25 years as an Assistant United States Attorney, including serving as Appellate Section Chief (practiced before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and Northern District of Texas Courts)

  • 8 years in private practice

  • Extensive experience writing briefs and presenting oral argument

  • Associate Pastor, Legacy Fellowship Church, Fort Worth

  • Coach, Fort Worth Hornets Youth Basketball Association, Inc.

  • Past Civil Service Commissioner for the City of Fort Worth

  • Past President, Black Women Lawyers of Tarrant County

  • Past Board Member, YWCA (Tarrant County)

  • Multiple awards for legal work and community service

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Third Court of Appeals: The Court is composed of a Chief Justice and five justices. The Third Court of Appeals has intermediate appellate jurisdiction of both civil and criminal cases appealed from lower courts in the 24 counties. In civil cases, it has jurisdiction where judgment rendered exceeds $100, exclusive of costs, and other civil proceedings as provided by law. It has jurisdiction in criminal cases except in post-conviction writs of habeas corpus and in cases where the death penalty has been imposed. It is located in Austin. These are the counties it covers: Bastrop, Bell, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Coke, Comal, Concho, Fayette, Hays, Irion, Lampasas, Lee, Llano, McCulloch, Milam, Mills, Runnels, San Saba, Schleicher, Sterling, Tom Green, Travis, Williamson.                                                 Source:https://ballotpedia.org/Texas_Third_District_Court_of_Appeals

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Rosa Theofanis for Justice of the Texas Third District Court of Appeals Place 4 Lifelong Democrat-Rosa is a local Democratic party club member, and long-time union member, Career Public Servant- Rosa has served the people of Travis County for close to fifteen years, as an Assistant District and County Attorney,  Experienced Litigator-Rosa has successfully prosecuted more than twenty jury trials and dozens of appeals, civil and criminal. Specialties: Criminal law, family law, and appellate law.

Work Experience-

Assistant District Attorney Travis County Feb 2010 - Present.  The District Attorney’s Office represents the state and victims of crime in the prosecution of felony and juvenile offenses committed in Travis County. The Office also represents the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services in civil suits affecting parental rights. 

Supervising Attorney DC Volunteer Lawyer's Project Mar 2008 - Jan 2010 Provided technical assistance and training to attorneys volunteering through the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project, a charitable organization whose mission is to provide free (pro bono) civil legal services to low-income women, children and families in the District of Columbia in domestic violence, custody, foster care, adoption and other family law cases.

Senior Staff AttorneySenior Staff Attorney Women Empowered Against Violence

Represented domestic violence survivors in litigation of civil protection orders, child custody, divorce and child support matters. Provided technical assistance to other attorneys, including pro bono attorneys, on issues that arise in representing domestic violence survivors. Supervised designated staff. Assisted with training of pro bono attorneys.

Assistant County AttorneyTravis County 

Negotiated plea agreements and presented state’s case against accused criminal misdemeanants in Travis County Courts at Law, Austin, Texas.
Successfully briefed and argued a criminal appeal involving double jeopardy issues. Ex parte Ramona King, 134 S.W.3d 500 (Tex.App.—Austin 2004, pet. ref'd.)
Promoted to Chief Prosecutor, County Court at Law #7 in June 2005.

Intern ICTYJan 2002 - Jun 2002 Researched and drafted legal memoranda in Appellate Section of Office of Prosecutor in International Criminal Tribunal.

Educational Background

The University of Texas School of Law JD, 1999 - 2002

Awarded Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Law, 1999-2002.
Texas International Law Journal, 2000-2001.
Research Assistant to Professor George Dix, 2000-2001. (Copy-edited and cite-checked a manuscript on Texas criminal practice and procedure.)
Represented indigent clients as participant in law school clinical criminal defense program, 2001.

Brown UniversityBrown University

BA, Comparative Literature Sep 1993 - May 1997

Activities and societies: Brown University Writing Fellow​

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Fourth Court of Appeals: The Fourth Court of Appeals is composed of one Chief Justice and Six justices. It covers 32 counties in South Texas and the Texas Hill Country. The Fourth Court has intermediate appellate jurisdiction of both civil and criminal cases appealed from the lower courts. In civil cases, it has jurisdiction where judgment rendered exceeds $100, exclusive of costs, and other civil proceedings as provided by law. It has jurisdiction in criminal cases except in post-conviction writs of habeas corpus and in cases where the death penalty has been imposed. It is located in San Antonio. These are the counties it covers: Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Brooks, Dimmet, Duval, Edwards, Frio, Guadalupe, Gillespie, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Kinney, La Salle, Mason, Maverick, McMullen, Medina, Menard, Real, Starr, Sutton, Uvalde, Val Verde, Webb, Wilson, Zapata, Zavala.

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Judge Irene Alarcon Rios for Justice of the Texas Fourth District Court of Appeals Place 6 Bachelors from Texas Tech University and her J.D. from St. Mary's University School of Law. Judge Rios was a judge for the Bexar County Court at Law (No. 10) in Texas.

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Justice Beckie Palomo (IN) for Texas Fourth District Court of Appeals Place 7 Judge Palomo is running in a special election for the Place 7 judge of the Texas Fourth District Court of Appeals. She is on the ballot in the special general election on November 8, 2022. Currently Judge Palomo is a judge of the Texas 341st District Court. Bachelors in Business Administration University of Texas at Austin. She earned her J.D. from St. Mary's Law School. Before joining the 341st District Court, Webb County, Texas Palomo served as a prosecutor in the district attorney's office. She has also served as director of the Community Supervision and Corrections Department. Former Chief Prosecutor, 341st District Court at Webb County District Attorney's Office.

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Fifth Court of Appeals: The Fifth Court of Appeals is composed of one Chief Justice and 12 justices. It covers 6 counties. The Fifth Court has intermediate appellate jurisdiction of both civil and criminal cases appealed from the lower courts. It is located in San Antonio. These are the counties it covers: Dallas, Collin, Grayson, Hunt, Rockwall and Kaufman.

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Judge Maricela Moore for Justice of Texas Fifth District Court of Appeals, Place 4 B.S. from Boston College in 1997. She later received her J.D. from George Washington University Law School in 2001. Moore runs her own legal practice. She previously worked as a partner at Farrow-Gillespie & Health LLP. Judge Moore is the presiding judge of the 162nd Judicial District Court of Dallas County, Texas and the Local Administrative District Judge.  She previously served as the Presiding Judge of the Central Jury Room.  In 2019, Judge Moore was named by the American Board of Trial Advocates as the Dallas Judge of the Year.  Judge Moore received her Bachelors of Science from Boston College, magna cum laude, and her law degree from the George Washington University National Law Center in Washington, D.C.Prior to her judicial service, Judge Moore practiced commercial litigation with an emphasis on trade secret, breach of contract, and employment litigation.  Judge Moore is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in labor and employment law. Judge Moore is a Fellow of the Dallas Bar Foundation and Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Foundation. She is on the Advisory Board of the Dallas County Dispute Resolution Board and the University of North Texas Law School.  Judge Moore is also a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas and a Master in the Mac Taylor Inn of Court.  Judge Moore previously served as the President of the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association, Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation, and MABA-Texas, as well as a Board Member of the Dallas Bar Association. Judge Moore also currently serves as the Chairperson of CHRISTUS Health System Board of Directors.

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Judge Nancy Kennedy for Justice of Texas Fifth District Court of Appeals, Place 7 She is currently  is a judge of the Dallas County Criminal Court No. 2 in Texas. B.A. in political science from Sam Houston State University in 1997. J.D. from Southern Methodist University in 2001. Kennedy opened her law practice in 2005. Texas Fifth District court handles family, criminal, and civil appeals for 6 N.Texas Counties. Judge Kennedy has 20 years of combined legal and judicial experience. Judge Kennedy was first elected to Texas Criminal District Court 2 in 2016, and took office in Janaury of 2017. She launched a specialty felony court to help those defendants who have been found incompetent to stand trial as well as defendants who have been found not guilty by reason of insanity. Her court also handles a female offender program. Judge Kennedy began practicing law in 2001, initially as a prosecutor and then as a criminal defense attorney throughout Texas. She has experience at the trial court level and also the appellate level, and she has practiced in both state and federal court. After working as a prosecutor, she started her own legal practice in 2005 specializing in criminal defense. She represented clients in courts throughout the State in both trials and appeals along with applications for writs of habeas corpus. She also represented clients in federal district courts in Texas and beyond. In 2010, Judge Kennedy became Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Only about ten percent of all attorneys in the State of Texas are Board Certified. As an attorney, Judge Kennedy was also selected by her peers as a Rising Star in Texas Monthly magazine in the area of criminal defense every year from 2008 to 2016. Judge Kennedy is a graduate of Sam Houston State University and Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. During law school, she received the Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility Fellowship along with the Martin Samuelsohn Fellowship. During law school, Judge Kennedy volunteered at the Housing Crisis Center and participated in the Criminal Justice Clinic as both a staff attorney and chief counsel and was a member of the Computer Law Review now known as the Science and Technology Journal. Judge Kennedy also taught Trial Advocacy at the law school as an adjunct professor. Source:https://judgekennedyforjustice.com/about-judge-kennedy

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Sixth Court of Appeals: The Sixth Court of Appeals is composed of one Chief Justice and 2 justices. It covers 19 counties. The Sixth Court has intermediate appellate jurisdiction of both civil and criminal cases appealed from the lower courts. It is located in Texarkana. These are the counties it covers: Bowie, Camp, Cass, Delta, Fannin, Franklin, Gregg, Harrison, Hopkins, Hunt, Lamar, Marion, Morris, Panola, Red River, Rusk, Titus, Upshur, and Wood.

Seventh Court of Appeals: The Seventh Court of Appeals iThe court is composed of a chief justice and three justices. The Seventh Court has intermediate appellate jurisdiction of both civil and criminal cases appealed from lower courts in its 46 counties. In civil cases, it has jurisdiction where judgment rendered exceeds $100, exclusive of costs, and other civil proceedings as provided by law. It has jurisdiction in criminal cases except in post-conviction writs of habeas corpus and in cases where the death penalty has been imposed  It is located in Amarillo. These are the counties it covers: Armstrong, Bailey, Briscoe, Carson, Castro, Childress, Cochran, Collingsworth, Cottle, Crosby, Dallam, Deaf Smith, Dickens, Donley, Floyd, Foard, Garza, Gray, Hale, Hall, Hansford, Hardeman, Hartley, Hemphill, Hockley, Hutchinson, Kent, King, Lamb, Lipscomb, Lubbock, Lynn, Moore, Motley, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Sherman, Swisher, Smith, Terry, Wheeler, Wilbarger, and Yoakum.

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Eighth Court of Appeals: The Eighth Court of Appeals is composed of one Chief Justice and 2 justices. It covers 17 counties. The Eighth Court has intermediate appellate jurisdiction of both civil and criminal cases appealed from the lower courts. It is located in El Paso. These are the counties it covers: Andrews, Brewster, Crane, Crockett, Culberson, El Paso, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Loving, Pecos, Presidio, Reagan, Reeves, Terrell, Upton, Ward, and Winkler.

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Lisa Soto for Justice of the Texas Eighth District Court of Appeals, Place 2 Stanford University, Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy with Honors in 1994. In 1997, she earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law, where she was on the editorial board of the Hispanic Law Journal and an intern for the Honorable Raul A. Gonzalez of the Texas Supreme Court. Lisa Soto was voted the #1 choice in the State Bar of Texas Judicial Poll by her peers for 8th Court of Appeals Justice, Place 2. Currently contract attorney for this court & knows the job, 24+ years of legal experience will benefit the court, has the heart and mind of a public servant, collaboration skills will move the court forward, was asked to run for this position & answered the call. “In work ranging from petitioning the United States Supreme Court to innumerable employment and civil rights cases, Lisa excelled. Her ability to quickly understand the law and facts in each situation was evident; she advised her clients well and represented them very effectively. Lisa is trustworthy and will make a superb and fair appellate judge.”— Richard L. Arnett, Former Managing Shareholder of Brim Arnett & Robinett “Lisa was an outstanding attorney at our firm. She is able to absorb, distill and understand complex legal concepts quickly, including issues with constitutional considerations. Interacting with children and adults from all walks of life, she actively listens and is able to understand different points of view, even if they do not agree with hers. Additionally, she applies common sense to arrive at wise solutions. Lisa instills great trust in all who encounter her.”— Gregory J. Dannis, President and Shareholder of Dannis Woliver Kelly

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Ninth Court of Appeals: The Nineth Court of Appeals is composed of one Chief Justice and 3 justices. It covers 10 counties. The Ninth Court has intermediate appellate jurisdiction of both civil and criminal cases appealed from the lower courts.  It is located in Beaumont. These are the counties it covers: HardinJasperJeffersonLiberty, Montgomery, NewtonOrangePolkSan Jacinto, and Tyler.

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Bob Mabry for Justice of the Texas Ninth District Court of Appeals, Place 2 Bob Mabry has been practicing law for 29 years. Currently his practice emphasizes civil appellate law, criminal appellate law, and criminal trial law. He was an assistant district attorney in Bay City, Texas. He was chief of the section for appeals and sexually-violent-predator civil commitment at State Counsel for Offenders in Huntsville, Texas. He did trials and appeals himself. And he taught younger lawyers to do them. The rest of his career he was in the private practice of law in metropolitan Houston. Bob taught Continuing Legal Education on Avoiding Ineffective Assistance of Counsel at the Matagorda County/Wharton County Criminal Appointments Training in 2016. He has been on the board of the Montgomery County Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association.Bob went to Austin College in Sherman, Texas. He studied philosophy there. After that he took military training. For the next five years, Bob taught English and History at St. Thomas High School in Houston. He was the speech and drama coach. In 1990, he graduated from South Texas College of Law in Houston. He was the best student in his section of Civil Procedure I. He earned the right to be on the staff of the South Texas Law Review. He worked his way through law school as a clerk for George W. Wilhite and Associates PC. He has tried dozens of cases to verdict as a first chair. He has been first chair on and dozens of appeals to mandate. He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, the United States District and Bankruptcy Courts of the Southern District of Texas, the United States Bankruptcy Court of the Northern District of Texas, the Supreme Court of Texas and all subordinate Texas state courts. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and its Appellate, Criminal Justice, Juvenile, and Litigation sections. He is a member of the Federalist Society and its Civil Rights, Criminal Law and Procedure, Free Speech and Election Law, and Litigation practice groups and its Houston Lawyers Chapter, the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association and the Montgomery County Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association. In 2012 he wrote for the Texas Bar Journal about internet weblinks. Twice in 2017 a blog post of his was chosen as one of the Ten Best Blog Posts of the Week by the State Bar of Texas. Bob has been a guest lecturer at Austin College and at the University of Houston Downtown College. Bob trained of paralegals at Concorde Career Academy and Texas School of Business.Bob Mabry has been practicing law for 29 years. His practice emphasizes civil appellate law, criminal appellate law, and criminal law.

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Tenth Court of Appeals: The Tenth Court of Appeals is composed of one Chief Justice and 2 justices. It covers 18 counties. The Tenth Court has intermediate appellate jurisdiction of both civil and criminal cases appealed from the lower courts. It is located in Waco. These are the counties it covers: Bosque, Brazos, Burleson, Coryell, Ellis, Falls, Freestone, Hamilton, Hill, Johnson, Leon, Limestone, Madison, McLennan, Navarro, 

Robertson, Somervell, and Walker

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Eleventh Court of Appeals: The Eleventh Court of Appeals is composed of one Chief Justice and 2 justices. It covers 28 counties. The Eleventh Court has intermediate appellate jurisdiction of both civil and criminal cases appealed from the lower courts. It is located in Eastland. These are the counties it covers: Baylor, Borden, Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Dawson, Eastland, Ector, Erath, Fisher, Gaines, Glasscock, Haskell, Howard, Jones, Knox, Martin, Midland, Mitchell, Nolan, Palo Pinto, Scurry, Shackelford, Stephens, Stonewall,Taylor, and Throckmorton

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Twelfth Court of Appeals: The Twelfth Court of Appeals is composed of one Chief Justice and 2 justices. It covers 18 counties. The Twelfth Court has intermediate appellate jurisdiction of both civil and criminal cases appealed from the lower courts. It is located in Tyler. These are the counties it covers: Anderson, Angelina, Cherokee, Gregg, Henderson, Houston, Nacogdoches, Rains, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith, Trinity, Upshur, Van Zandt, and Wood

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Thirteenth Court of Appeals: The Thirteenth Court of Appeals is composed of one Chief Justice and 5 justices. It covers 20 counties. The Thirteenth Court has intermediate appellate jurisdiction of both civil and criminal cases appealed from the lower courts. It is located in Corpus Christi and Edinburg. These are the counties it covers: Aransas, Bee, Calhoun, Cameron, De Witt, Goliad, Gonzales, Hidalgo, Jackson, Kenedy, Kleberg, Lavaca, Live Oak, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria, Wharton, and Willacy

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Leticia Hinojosa (IN) is a Justice for Texas Thirteenth District Court of Appeals, Place 3 University of Texas at Austin graduating Magna Cum Laude with Bachelor of Arts in Government in December of 1978. Justice Hinojosa also attended University of Texas Law School where she received her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in May of 1981. She was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in November 1981 at the age of twenty-three. In 1989, Justice Hinojosa was appointed and subsequently elected Judge of County Court at Law #4, becoming the first woman elected Judge in South Texas and the third Hispanic woman elected Judge in the State of Texas. In 1996, she was elected Judge for the 139thJudicial District Court. Justice Hinojosa began her legal career as a Reginald Heber Smith Fellow doing public interest litigation for two years in Austin, Texas. Upon completion of the Fellowship, she moved back to South Texas and was a partner at various law firms heading up the firms’ litigation divisions. In 1989, Justice Hinojosa was appointed and subsequently elected Judge of County Court at Law #4, becoming the first woman elected Judge in South Texas and the third Hispanic woman elected Judge in the State of Texas. In 1996, she was elected Judge for the 139th Judicial District Court. She served two terms as District Judge and then stepped down to practice law. In 2016 she was elected Justice of the 13th Court of Appeals, Place 3 and took office on January 1, 2017. Justice Hinojosa has served as a member and on boards of numerous legal and community organizations. She is especially proud of her work with Texas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), where she served as a member of the State Board of CASA and instrumental in the establishment of CASA in Hidalgo County. By the age of thirty-five she was recognized by Governor Ann Richards for her lifetime commitment to her community by receiving the Governor’s "Back to the People" Award. For more information go to: https://www.txcourts.gov/13thcoa/about-the-court/justices/justice-leticia-hinojosa/

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Fourteenth Court of Appeals: The Fourteenth Court of Appeals is composed of one Chief Justice and 8 justices. It covers 10 counties. The Fourteenth Court has intermediate appellate jurisdiction of both civil and criminal cases appealed from the lower courts. It is located in Houston. These are the counties it covers: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Harris, Waller, and Washington

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Cheri Thomas for Justice for Texas Fourteenth District Court of Appeals, Place 2 Bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. Texans are entitled to qualified, fair, and impartial justices.  Cherí has a broad range of experience working on a variety of legal issues.  Cherí has managed cases at all stages of litigation and has extensive experience as an appellate advocate.  Cherí is particularly well-suited to become a Justice on the Fourteenth Court of Appeals as her legal career has focused on legal research and writing, the principal work of an appellate court.  Cherí has worked on numerous civil and criminal appeals, in private practice and as a staff attorney advising and supporting judges on the Fourteenth Court of Appeals.  She knows what it takes to review appeals accurately and efficiently, and her experience as a litigator will give her an edge as an appellate judge. Cherí has the skills to be a good Justice: good judgment and the ability to perform rigorous, meticulous legal analysis. If elected, Cherí will work to ensure Texas is a state we are proud to call home, one that values equality, dignity, generosity, and compassion. She will work hard, make well-reasoned decisions, and treat everyone with fairness and respect.    

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William Demond for Justice for Texas Fourteenth District Court of Appeals, Place 9 Studied Japanese Cinema/Literature and Pacific Rim Relations at Kansai Gaidai University, Asian Studies Program, Studied Chinese law at China University of Political Science and Law, Studied Chinese law at Tsinghua University, Studied Shariah, international oil and gas law, and Islamic property law at AUC The American University in Cairo, Studied International Comparative Law at Seton Hall University School of Law, Studied Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University,

Studied Asian Studies/Chinese at Furman University. William Demond is a constitutional rights attorney in Houston, one of only three Texas Super Lawyers in the field of constitutional law, and an inductee into Texas Lawyers’ “Verdicts Hall of Fame”. William decided to run for the court of appeals after observing the dearth of criminal law experience on Texas’ appellate courts and the impacts thereof on Texans and the law. Before moving to Houston, William worked for (and with) a former Texas Secretary of State, a law firm in Beijing, and an International Criminal Court attorney (concerning Darfurian refugees). While finishing his Masters of Arts in Diplomacy and International Relations, he interned for the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations and drafted a training manual concerning peacekeeper sexual exploitation and abuse. Recently, William was appointed to represent Harris County inmates in their Covid-19-related constitutional rights case concerning the Harris County Jail, appointed as a habeas master to a Dallas County district (felony) court, and volunteered to file a petition concerning constitutional rights to the United States Supreme Court. William was one of the first attorneys at IAH the night the “travel ban” went into effect, successfully represented 39 North Forest ISD employees in a federal lawsuit, won cases against police officers and municipalities for violating the People’s constitutional rights, secured two clearly established constitutional rights at the Fifth Circuit, defeated Harris County’s motion to dismiss “Jenny’s” case, and acquired Texas’ only known orders (1) allowing for the deposition of grand jurors in a civil case and (2) stopping the TransCanada/Keystone XL pipeline based on the Texas Antiquities Code.

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