2018

2018

Third Court of Appeals, Place 3




Chari Kelly
(Democrat)




Scott Field*
(Republican)



SOCIAL

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CAMPAIGN CONTACT

Chari Kelly Campaign
P.O. Box 161151
Austin, Texas 78716
chari@charikelly.com


Justice Scott Field Campaign
1609 Shoal Creek Blvd.
Suite 203

Austin, Texas 78701



CURRENT OCCUPATION

Assistant District Attorney


Justice, 3rd Court of Appeals, PL3



UNDERGRAD SCHOOL/YEAR

B.A., University of Florida
1999


B.A., Political Science
summa cum laude
Texas A&M University
1992



JURIS DOCTOR

University of Texas School of Law
2002


University of Texas School of Law
1995



YEAR STATE BAR LICENSURE

Texas (2007)
Florida (2002)


1995



JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE - APPELLATE




Justice, 3rd Court of Appeals
2013-present



JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE - OTHER








LEGAL EXPERIENCE - NONJUDICIAL

  • Asst. District Attorney, Travis County District Attorney, Austin, Texas (2015 – Present)
  • Asst. District Attorney, Comal County Criminal District Attorney, New Braunfels, Texas (2013 –2015)
  • Asst. Attorney General, Texas Attorney General, Civil Medicaid Fraud Division (2008 – 2013)
  • Adjunct Professor, The University of Texas School of Law, (2007 – present)
  • Research Attorney, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (2007– 2008)
  • Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) Officer, Trial Defense Service, U.S. Army, Fort Sam Houston and Fort Hood, Texas (2003 – 2007)
  • Law Clerk, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (2002)

I am Board Certified in Criminal law, have served as both a defense attorney and prosecutor, and am also a seasoned civil litigator. During my 15-year career I represented over 150 clients facing trial by courts-martial on charges ranging from money laundering, international drug smuggling, and forgery to rape, child pornography, and sexual assault of a child. I was also certified by the United States Naval Justice School to defend death penalty cases.

In my current position as an Assistant District Attorney, I regularly handle all aspects of criminal practice including jury trials on charges ranging from murder to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. During my career, I have tried over 35 jury trials, including aggravated sexual assault of a child and 4 attempted capital murder trials.

I have worked as both a Research Attorney and Law Clerk at the Court of Criminal Appeals (the highest criminal appellate court in Texas) where I drafted majority and en banc opinions on Petitions for Discretionary Review and drafted direct death penalty opinions. As an Assistant District Attorney, I have also authored direct and interlocutory appeals and argued before both the Third and Thirteenth Courts of Appeals.

During my 5 years practicing civil litigation in the Civil Medicaid Fraud Division of the Texas Attorney General’s Office I was responsible for all aspects of investigation and litigation including drafting complex civil investigative demands, conducting Examinations Under Oath, taking depositions, motions practice, and participating in trial. Additionally, I was the lead attorney in a healthcare fraud investigation against an international pharmaceutical company resulting in a $19.9 million settlement.



  • The Field Law Firm, PLLC, Owner and Managing Member
  • York, Keller & Field, L.L.P.
  • Administrative/Managing Partner (founder)
  • Baker Botts L.L.P., Associate
  • Supreme Court of Texas, Law Clerk to Hon. Raul Gonzalez




BOARD CERTIFICATIONS

Criminal Law


None sought



COURTS ADMITTED TO

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas



  • All Texas State Courts
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, District of Colorado




HONORS & AWARDS

  • Leadership Austin Essentials Class (2017)
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, Board of Directors (2017- Present)
  • Austin Bar Association Board of Directors (2016- Present)
  • Austin Young Lawyers Association President (2015-2016)
  • Texas Bar Foundation Fellow (2011- Present)
  • The College of the State Bar of Texas (2009- Present)
  • American Inns of Court, Robert W. Calvert Chapter (2007- Present)
  • U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School, Officer Basic Course, Honor Graduate (2002)
  • Judge Paul W. Brosman Award for Highest Grade in Criminal Law (2002)
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award (2002)
  • Order of Barristers (2002)
  • R.O.T.C. Cadet Battalion Commander (1998)
  • Distinguished Military Graduate (1999)
  • George C. Marshall Leadership Award (1999)




  • State Bar of Texas

  • Course Director, 2017 State Bar Advanced Administrative Law Conference

  • Planning Committee Member, 2016 State Bar Advanced Administrative Law Conference

  • Member, Appellate and Judicial Sections
  • Past Member, Insurance and Litigation Sections
 
Texas Bar Foundation
  • Fellow,
 
Austin Bar Foundation
  • Fellow,
 
Texas Aggie Bar Association

  • Member, Board of Directors (elected in 2015)

  • Chair, Distinguished Aggie Lawyer Award Committee (2016-17)

  • Member, Nominating Committee (2017)
 
Austin Bar Association

  • Chair, Larry York Mentoring Award Committee (2014-17)

  • Member, Appellate Section (Council Member 2000-01)

  • Past Member, Litigation and Solo/Small Firm Sections
 
Robert W. Calvert American Inn of Court
  • Mentor, 
University of Texas School of Law Mentoring Program
  • Voted “Best Lawyer” in 2008 Readers’ Poll, The Four Points News




PRIOR ELECTION RESULTS




2012 General Election
Won with 53.51% of the vote

2012 Republican Primary Election
Won with 65% of the vote



MOST RECENT BAR POLL RESULTS

646 of 1,098 votes
59%


452 of 1,098 votes
41%



KEY ENDORSEMENTS
  • Austin Black Lawyers Association
  • Austin Central Labor Council
  • Hispanic Bar Association of Austin
  • National Women’s Political Caucus- Greater Austin Chapter
  • Texas Civil Justice League PAC
  • Former Supreme Court of Texas Chief Justice Tom Phillips
  • Former Supreme Court of Texas Justice Scott Brister
  • Former Supreme Court of Texas Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson


JUDICIAL PHILOSOPHY

My highest priority is ensuring that every matter appealed is timely, thoroughly, and fairly decided. To accomplish this, it is paramount to have experienced criminal and civil attorneys on the bench since the docket of the Third Court of Appeal is divided between criminal and civil law. I would bring this much-needed experience to the Court. I will apply the law fairly and impartially to all citizens regardless of race, color or creed, and my decisions will be guided by controlling legal authority and I will not legislate from the bench.


In times like these, we need judges who are bold enough to apply the Constitution and laws as written, but who are also humble enough to understand their role in the legal system. Judges shouldn’t make policy; they should enforce laws. Texas is the greatest state in the union. Through adherence to the Constitution and to the laws of this great state, I intend to help keep it that way.



OTHER INFORMATION
U.S. Army Veteran and former paratrooper.


INFORMATION APPROVED BY CANDIDATE ON:
1/16/18
1/16/18


Last Updated:
2/12/18
2/12/18

*Information gathered from various public sources, and may not yet be approved by the candidate.
Please send any corrections to info@tcjl.com

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