2024 – 1st Court of Appeals, Place 2

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Brendetta Scott

Jennifer Caughey

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Texas Bar Card Number2401221924080826
Campaign Mailing AddressPO Box 1284, Missouri City, Texas 77459
Campaign Contactbrendettascott4justice@gmail.comjennifercaughey.com/contact
318 349-3993
Campaign Websitewww.brendettascott4justice.comjennifercaughey.com
Social Media Linkstwitter
Current Occupation

The Anthony Scott Law Firm, PLLC and Of Counsel - The Dent Law Firm

Jackson Walker LLP
Partner and Appellate Chair
Years of Texas Residency
JD School & YearTexas Southern University
Harvard Law
Other EducationJackson State University, 1996
Mississippi Delta Community College, 1994
A.B., Princeton University
Year of State Bar Licensure2008
Legal Experience - NonjudicialOf Counsel, Hoover Slovacek LLP
Founder, Law Offices of Brendetta Anthony Scott
2011-2012; 2014; 2021-present
Partner, Garner Scott & Jones PLLC
Associate, Barrett, Burks, Wilson, Castle, Daffin & Frappier

Member, Texas Judicial Council

Member, Texas Board of Disciplinary Appeals 

Jackson Walker LLP, Partner & Appellate Department Chair
Houston, TX; 2019–Present (approx. 5 years)

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
Jury Trial Experience1 jury trialAppellate counsel in 3 jury trials
Appellate Judicial Experience1st Court of Appeals, Place 9 - 2017-2018
She has authored approximately 125 opinions, actively contributed to approximately 454 other decisions, and issued numerous other orders. Her cases spanned a diverse docket, including matters of statutory interpretation, healthcare liability, wide-ranging criminal challenges, diverse constitutional challenges, parental termination and grandparents’ rights cases, guardianships matters, complex civil disputes, jurisdictional disputes, and various state common law claims.
Other Judicial ExperienceTwo 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.
Board Certifications
Courts AdmittedTexas Eastern Bankruptcy Court
Texas Northern Bankruptcy Court
Texas Southern District/Bankruptcy Court
Texas Western Bankruptcy Court
US Supreme Court
New York Bar
Washington, D.C. Bar
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
Honors and AwardsSuper 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 Elections

2018 General Election
First Court of Appeals, Place 9
Loss, 48%-52%
2018 Texas Republican Primary

First Court of Appeals, Place 9
100%; unopposed

Most Recent Bar Polls2024 - 280 21%2024 - 641 48%
Key Endorsements (Max 5)Texas Gulf Coast Area Labor Federation - AFL·CIO
Houston LGBTQ+ Political Caucus
Houston Association of Black American Democrats
Houston Association of Women Attorneys
Run Sister Run PAC
Judicial Philosophy (Max 250 words)My judicial philosophy centers on fairness, impartiality, and adherence to the rule of law. I believe in interpreting and applying the law faithfully and consistently, without bias or personal agenda. Additionally, I prioritize accessibility and transparency in the judicial process, ensuring that all individuals receive equal treatment under the law and have confidence in the integrity of our legal system.Judges must faithfully apply the law. They should give every case time and respect. And they should efficiently issue clear and understandable opinions.

I am a textualist who believes deeply in separation of powers, federalism, and the principle that we are governed by laws and not men. A judge’s allegiance is to the law. 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. Then there is no predictability, and individuals and businesses cannot know what the law is and cannot conform their conduct.

Judges must ensure that laws are applied in a manner that is faithful and easily comprehensible so that litigants, courts, and citizens can understand the law. Finally, I believe that every case is worthy of 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. This requires hard work; it is also critical that judges promptly issue opinions. The judge should study the law, analyze the record, and faithfully apply the law to the case.
MiscAnnounced 2/7/23
Date Submitted by Candidate2/20/241/8/24

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