2018

First Court of Appeals, Place 9




Peter Kelly
(Democrat)




Jennifer V. Caughey*
(Republican)



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CAMPAIGN CONTACT




jennifer.caughey@gmail.com



CURRENT OCCUPATION




Justice, Texas First Court of Appeals
Place 9



UNDERGRAD SCHOOL/YEAR




A.B., Princeton University
2004
Phi Beta Kappa
Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence



JURIS DOCTOR




Harvard Law
2007
Executive Editor, Journal of Law & Public Policy
Federalist Society Executive Board



YEAR STATE BAR LICENSURE




2/2008



JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE - APPELLATE




Governor Abbott appointed me to the First Court of Appeals in September 2017. Since then, I have served as a Justice on the First Court of Appeals, handling appeals from ten counties in civil and criminal cases. I have worked hard to uphold my oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitutions of Texas and the United States.



JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE - OTHER




After law school, I completed two year-long judicial clerkships: (1) for Chief Judge Tymkovich on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, and (2) for Justice Cordy on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. In those roles, I saw how important it is that we have judges to faithfully apply the law, respect the Constitution and rule of law, and give all parties the respect they deserve.



LEGAL EXPERIENCE - NONJUDICIAL




  • 2014-2017: Smyser, Kaplan & Veselka, LLP. Houston, Texas. I handled a broad docket of complex civil litigation matters at the trial and appellate levels.
  • 2012–2013: Baker Botts, LLP, ​Houston, Texas. I handled a broad docket of complex civil litigation matters at the trial and appellate levels.
  • 2009–2011: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, Washington, D.C.; Denver, Colorado. ; Summer 2006. I handled a broad docket of complex civil litigation matters at the trial and appellate levels.
  • 2008–2009: United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit​, Denver, CO. Law Clerk to the Hon. Timothy M. Tymkovich​.
  • 2007–2008: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court​, Boston, Massachusetts. Law Clerk to the Hon. Robert Cordy​.
  • Summer 2006: Kirkland & Ellis, LLP​, Washington, D.C.
  • Summer 2005: U.S. Department of Justice: Civil Division, Commercial Litigation Branch​. Washington, D.C.
  • Summer 2003: The White House: Presidential Writers, Office of Presidential Correspondence​, Washington, D.C.
  • Summer 2002: Office of Former President George H.W. Bush​, Houston, Texas>




BOARD CERTIFICATIONS




None sought.



COURTS ADMITTED TO




  • Texas
  • New York
  • Washington, D.C.
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.




HONORS & AWARDS




  • Super Lawyers Rising Star (2015-2018)
  • Bar Fellow
  • Federalist Society
    • Member and Former Executive Board Member
  • Graduated Princeton Phi Beta Kappa
  • Princeton's Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence
  • Executive Editor, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy
  • Clerkships for two appellate judges
    • state and federal


PRIOR ELECTION RESULTS




N/A



MOST RECENT BAR POLL RESULTS




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KEY ENDORSEMENTS




  • Governor Greg Abbott
  • Houston Professional Firefighters Association
  • Katy Christian Magazine
  • Kelly Shackelford, President/CEO; First Liberty Institute
  • Kingwood Tea Party
  • Link Letter
  • Texas Conservative View
  • Texans for Lawsuit Reform
  • Texas Right to Life


JUDICIAL PHILOSOPHY




I am a textualist and originalist who believes deeply in separation of powers, federalism, and the principle that we are governed by laws and not men. Our government is founded upon the rule of law, and judges have the critical role of applying the law as it is written to resolve disputes efficiently and fairly. Judges do not make law; legislators do. Similarly, parties--not judges--draft contracts. If judges do not apply the law as it is written (rather than as the judge may want it to be) then we cease being governed by laws and instead become governed by men. Then individuals and businesses cannot know what the law is and cannot conform their conduct. And we become untethered from democracy. Judges must ensure that laws are applied in a manner that is faithful and easily comprehensible so that litigants, lower courts, and other citizens can understand the law--and so laws, and thus the will of the people, are effectuated. Finally, I believe strongly that every case is worthy of serious respect and consideration. Each case may be the most important in the world to those litigants, and judges must afford each case appropriate time and diligence. The judge should know the law, study the record, and faithfully apply the law to the case.



INFORMATION APPROVED BY CANDIDATE ON:
12/26/2017

LAST UPDATED:
1/5/2018

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