Governor Abbott Appoints Billingsley Judge Of 446th Judicial District Court

August 18, 2015 (http://gov.texas.gov/news/appointment/21320) Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Sara Kate Billingsley of Odessa as judge of the 446th Judicial District Court in Ector County for a term set to expire at the next general election in November 2016. This appointment will be effective Sept. 1, 2015. Sara Kate Billingsley is managing partner for the Billingsley Law Firm and was previously an associate attorney at Todd, Barron, Thomason & Hudman in Odessa. She is a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and was previously president and treasurer of the Ector County Bar Association. She serves as president of the Food2Kids Board of Directors, pillar chairman of the United Way of Odessa and chairman of Merchants for the Junior League of Odessa Merry Marketplace. Billingsley received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas, Permian Basin and a Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma College of...

Governor Abbott Appoints McCraw Judge Of 469th Judicial District Court

August 18, 2015 (http://gov.texas.gov/news/appointment/21321) Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Piper McCraw of McKinney as judge of the 469th Judicial District Court in Collin County for a term to expire at the next general election in November 2016. This appointment will be effective Sept. 1, 2015. Piper McCraw is owner of Piper McCraw, P.C. and previously served as an assistant district attorney for Collin County. She is a member of the Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyer Association Board of Directors and the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, and she is a charter member of the Collin County Women Lawyer’s Association and the Curt B. Henderson American Inn of Court. She is also board member and secretary of the Hope Women’s Center. McCraw received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University and a Juris Doctor from Texas A&M School of...

Governor Abbott Appoints Miskel Judge Of 470th Judicial District Court

August 18, 2015 (http://gov.texas.gov/news/appointment/21322) Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Emily Miskel of Dallas as judge of the 470th Judicial District Court in Collin County for a term set to expire at the next general election in November 2016. This appointment will be effective Sept. 1, 2015. Emily Miskel is an associate attorney at KoonsFuller, P.C. and is board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She currently serves as an adjunct professor of family law at the University of North Texas Dallas College of Law, barrister of the Henderson American Inn of Court and fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. Additionally, she is a member of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, Collin County Bar Association Family Law Section, and the Collaborative Law Institute of Texas. Miskel received a Bachelor of Science from Stanford University and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law...

Governor Abbott Appoints Swanson Judge Of 143rd Judicial District Court

August 14, 2015 (http://gov.texas.gov/news/appointment/21311) Governor Greg Abbott has appointed John M. “Mike” Swanson as judge of the 143rd Judicial District Court, covering Loving, Reeves, and Ward Counties, for a term set to expire at the next general election in November 2016. Mike Swanson has been a solo law practitioner for 19 years. He is a member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and he serves as chief juvenile probation officer for Ward County. He previously served as city attorney for the City of Monahans and on the board of directors of the Monahans Economic Development Corporation. Swanson received a Bachelor of Science from Brigham Young University and a Juris Doctor from Texas Tech University School of...

Governor Abbott Appoints Lunceford Judge Of 61st District Court

July 8, 2015 (http://gov.texas.gov/news/appointment/21184) AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Erin Lunceford as judge of the 61st Judicial District Court in Harris County for a term to expire at the next general election in November 2016. Erin Lunceford is the managing shareholder at Sprott, Newsom, Lunceford, Quattlebaum & Messenger, PC. She is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law, is a current Board member and committee chair of the Houston Bar Association, associate member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and certified medical malpractice specialist with the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys. She was also selected as a Texas Super Lawyer from 2008 to 2014 and in 2011 was selected as one of 20 Winning Women Trial/Appellate Lawyers in Texas. Lunceford received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a law degree from the University of...