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TEXAS SUPREME COURT

Place 5

Other Candidates for This Office: Tom Oxford (L) | Charles E. Waterbury (G)

Justice Dori Garza | Texas

Dori Contreras Garza
(D) – Edinburg

Paul W. Green | Texas Supreme Court Justice

Paul W. Green*
(R) – Austin

PARTY AFFILIATION

Democrat

Republican

CURRENT OCCUPATION

Justice
13th Court of Appeals
Place 6

Justice
Texas Supreme Court
Place 5

UNDERGRAD SCHOOL/YEAR

B.B.A., Accounting
University of Texas at Austin
1980

University of Texas at Austin
1974

JURIS DOCTOR

Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
University of Houston Law Center
1990

Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
St. Mary’s School of Law
1977

YEAR OF STATE BAR LICENSURE

1990

1977

JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE – APPELLATE

  • 14 years as a Justice on the 13th Court of Appeals
  • 22 years
    • 12 years on Texas Supreme Court
    • 10 years on Texas 4th Court of Appeals

JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE – OTHER

  • All 14 years judicial experience has been at the appellate level
  • All 22 years judicial experience has been at the appellate level

LEGAL EXPERIENCE – NONJUDICIAL

  • Civil trial lawyer for 12 years handling personal injury and employment discrimination cases
  • Owned a mediation service called Professional Dispute Resolution from 1997 to 2002
  • 17 years private litigation practice
  • President, San Antonio Bar Association
  • Director, State Bar of Texas
  • House of Delegates of the American Bar Association
  • Member, American Law Institute
  • Member, American Judicature Society
  • Life Fellow, Austin Bar Foundation
  • Life Fellow, San Antonio Bar Foundation
  • Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation

ADMITTED

  • Texas Southern District Court
  • Texas State Courts
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Texas Southern District/Bankruptcy Court
  • Texas Western District Court

JUDICAL/LEGAL HONORS

  • Judge of the Year, 2016, Hispanic Issues Section of State Bar of Texas
  • Distinguished Service Award, University of Houston Law Center
  • Distinguished Law Graduate, St. Mary’s University Law School
  • Recipient, Rosewood Gavel Award for Achievement in the Judiciary

PRIOR ELECTION(S) RESULTS

2016 Democratic Primary
13th Court of Appeals, Place 5
Win – Ran unopposed

2014 General Election
13th Court of Appeals, Place 5
Win 50.85% to 49.15% v Doug Norman (R)

2008 General Election
13th Court of Appeals, Place 5
Win 58.59% to 41.41% v Caroline Bertuzzi (R)

2002 General Election
13th Court of Appeals, Place 5
Win 57.98% to 42.02% v Bradford M. Condit (R)

2002 Democratic Primary
13th Court of Appeals, Place 5
Win 57.13% to 42.87% v Augustin Rivera (D)

2016 Republican Primary
Texas Supreme Court, Place 5
Win – 52.06% to 47.94% v Rick Green (R)

2010 General Election
Texas Supreme Court, Place 5
Win – 3-way race (60.02%) v Bill Moody (D – 37%) v Tom Oxford (I – 2.98%)

2010 Republican Primary
Texas Supreme Court, Place 5
Win (Unopposed)

2004 General Election
Texas Supreme Court, Place 5
Win (Unopposed)

2004 Republican Primary
Texas Supreme Court, Place 5
Win – 53.16% to 46.84% v Steven Wayne Smith*

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS

MOST RECENT BAR POLL RESULTS

1,621 of 5,005 (32.38%)
2016 Texas State Bar Poll

2,044 of 5,005 (40.83%)
2016 Texas State Bar Poll

KEY ENDORSEMENTS

  • Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 694
  • Texas Latina List
  • Tejano Democrats
  • Mexican American Bar Association of Houston
  • Stonewall Democrats of Dallas, San Antonio, Central Texas and Rio Grande Valley
  • National Women’s Political Caucus of Texas
  • Mexican American Democrats of Texas
  • Dallas Morning News
  • Houston Chronicle
  • Texas Civil Justice League PAC
  • Jobs for Texas PAC
  • Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC
  • Texas Association of Realtors
  • Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas
  • Texas Bipartisan Justice Committee PAC
  • Former Texas Supreme Court Justices Tom Phillips, Wallace Jefferson, John Cornyn, Harriet O’Neill, Dale Wainwright, Scott Brister, Craig Enoch, David Medina, Raul Gonzalez, Al Gonzales

JUDICIAL PHILOSOPHY

“My objective as a jurist is to make a fair and thorough assessment of each case and apply the rule of law in a just manner. I am not a conservative or a liberal. The Texas Supreme Court lacks gender, ethnic and ideological diversity.  For too long, the nine Justices on the Court have shared the same judicial philosophy and ideology.  This has resulted in some unfair decisions.  There should be balance on the Court. I offer a different perspective to the debate of the issues the Court confronts.  Additionally, there are only two women on the Court only one of which is Latina.  The makeup of the Court does not reflect the demographics of Texas as it should.”

“I am a ‘judicial conservative,’ which means that I honor the oath of office to ‘preserve, protect and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States, and of this State’ by faithfully following the law as it was enacted by the Legislature or enshrined by the people in the Constitution; not by making it up.”

INFORMATION APPROVED BY CANDIDATE ON

September 14, 2016

  Preliminary data is gathered from public sources and has not yet been finally approved by the candidate.

*Information gathered from various public sources, and may not yet be approved by the candidate.
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