What Do You Bring To The Bench?
Experience, hard work, and commitment to the Constitution and rule of law. While serving on the First Court of Appeals, I authored 125+ opinions (and contributed to many more), each of which is true to my commitments to give every case time and respect and to faithfully apply the law as written. My prior experience on the bench, rigorous law firm practice, judicial clerkships, and educational training prepared me well for this role.
What Is Your Judicial Philosophy?
I am a textualist who believes that the Legislature makes the law, and it is our duty to apply the law as it is written. I also believe that judges must devote time and hard work to every case; every case is worthy of our respect and full attention. Fundamentally, we must preserve and protect the Constitutions of Texas and the United States, and we must ensure the law is faithfully applied in every case.
What Type Of Cases Do You Decide?
The First Court of Appeals decides appeals in civil, criminal, family, and probate cases. That means our cases affect homes, contracts, jobs, crime, and so much more. These courts, which cover ten counties, are the final determinant in 90% of cases. Our docket is broad and requires hard-working, experienced judges who follow the law.