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1ST COURT OF APPEALS

Place 4 (Based in Houston)

There are no Other Official Candidates for this Office

Barabara Gardner

Barbara Gardner
(D) – Houston

Justice Evelyn Keyes| Texas

Evelyn Keyes*
(R) – Houston

 

PARTY AFFILIATION

 

Democrat

Republican

 

CURRENT OCCUPATION

 

Private Law Practice
Gardner Employment Law

Justice, Place 4
1ST Court of Appeals

Since May 2002

 

UNDERGRAD SCHOOL/YEAR

 

B.A., Psychology
University of Colorado at Denver

B.A., Music
University of Houston

Ph.D. Philosophy
Rice University
1985

Ph.D. English
University of Texas
1972
*Woodrow Wilson Fellow
*Fulbright Fellowship for study in France (declined)
*University Fellowship

B.A. English
magna cum laude with honors
Sophie Newcomb College
Tulane University
1965
*Elected to Phi Beta Kappa
*Awarded Woodrow Wilson Fellowship

 

JURIS DOCTOR

 

Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
South Texas College of Law
1981

Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.), cum laude
University of Houston Law Center
1987
*University Fellowship

 

YEAR OF STATE BAR LICENSURE

 

1981

1988

 

JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE – APPELLATE

 

  • Appellate Judicial Experience
  • Justice, Place 4, 1ST Court of Appeals since May 2002
  • Reelected Justice, Place 4, 1ST Court of Appeals2004
  • Reelected Justice, Place 4, 1ST Court of Appeals2010
  • Authored more than 1700 opinions in civil, criminal, family, and probate law
  • Third most senior judge in the 1st Court of Appeals
  • Serves as Panel Chief of Panel C, 1st Court of Appeals
  • Intern for Honorable Carolyn R. King, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

 

JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE – OTHER

 

  • Other Judicial Experience
  • Serving Second Term on Judicial Section Board of Directors, Texas State Bar
  • Chair, Texas State Bar Judicial Section By-laws committee

 

LEGAL EXPERIENCE – NONJUDICIAL

 

  • Attorney/Parner, Lam, Lyn & Philip
  • Attorney with Bracewell & Patterson (now “Bracewell & Giuliani”)
  • Attorney with Mandell & Wright
  • Attorney with The Popham Law Firm
  • Attorney with Tucker, Vaughan, Gardner & Barnes
  • Judicial Law Clerk for Hon. Carl Bue, United States District Judge
  • Partner, Clements, O’Neill, Pierce, Wilson, and Fulkerson, L.L.P., practicing complex civil litigation.
  • Served as a Special Assistant Attorney General to then Texas Attorney General John Cornyn
  • Member, United States Supreme Court Bar
  • Member, American Bar Foundation
  • Former National Chair, American Bar Asssociation Young Lawyers Division Ethics Committee
  • Life Member, Texas State Bar
  • Member, Standing Committee on the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, Texas State Bar
  • Formerly served for 6 years on the State Bar Court Rules Committee, Texas State Bar
  • Formerly served for 6 years on the State Bar Grievance Committee, Texas State Bar
  • Member, Federal Bar for Southern District of Texas
  • Member, Federal Bar for Western District of Texas
  • Member, Federal Bar for United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Member, American Law Institute
  • Advisor, American Law Institute Government Ethics Project
  • Member, National Advisory Council of the American Judicature Society
  • Ethics Committee Member, National Advisory Council of the American Judicature Society
  • Member, Houston Bar Association

 

ADMITTED

 

  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Texas Southern District/Bankruptcy Court
  • US Supreme Court
  • Texas Southern District/Bankruptcy Court
  • Texas Western District Court

 

JUDICAL/LEGAL HONORS

 

  • Graduated number one in law school class
  • “Best Lawyers in America” (Employment Law, 2007 – 2015)
  • One of “Texas Super Lawyers,” (2007 – 2015
  • One of “Texas’ Best Lawyers,” (2009 – 2015)
  • One of “Women Leaders in the Law,” Fortune Magazine (2013)
  • “Top-Rated Lawyers in Labor & Employment,” Fortune Magazine (2013)
  • One of “Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Texas” (2012)
  • One of “Top Lawyers,” Corporate Counsel (2008 – 2011)
  • One of “Houston’s Top Lawyers,” (2006, 2007, 2011)
  • One of “Top Lawyers for the People,” (2007)
  • Preeminent rating in Martindale Hubbell
  • Principal and a founder of Tucker, Vaughan, Gardner & Barnes
  • Judicial Law Clerk for Federal Court
  • Awarded University of Houston Law Alumni Public Sector Achievement Award
  • Awarded the Wall Street Journal Award
  • Awarded Distinguished Service Award for Committee Service
  • Member of the Rice University Law Alumni Advisory Committee
  • Member, Federalist Society

 

PRIOR ELECTION(S) RESULTS

 

SEAT, DATE, PERCENTAGE

SEAT, DATE, PERCENTAGE

 

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS

 

Labor & Employment Law

 

 

MOST RECENT BAR POLL RESULTS

 

602 of 1347

705 of 1347

 

KEY ENDORSEMENTS

 

  • Key Endorsements
  • Houston Police Officers Union
  • Spring Branch Republicans
  • Harris County Republican Party

 

JUDICIAL PHILOSOPHY

 

Barbara believes that district judges should have considerable courtroom experience and also the judicial temperament necessary while seeing a case through from beginning to end.  Also, district courts should apply the law fairly and equally.  The courts should have open ears to all who come before it, not just the large corporations.  As one former bank officer said, “Corporations have rights, but they don’t have a right to win.”  Barbara will bring equality to the 234th District Court.  Additionally, neither party affiliation nor contributions should sway a judge’s opinion.  District judges should follow the precedent set by previous opinions.

Judicial Philosophy

 

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