2024 – 5th Court of Appeals, Place 13

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November General Election Race only

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Emily Miskel*

Tonya Parker

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Texas Bar Card Number2406630224010679
Campaign Mailing AddressPO Box 2800, McKinney, TX 75070
Campaign Contact
Campaign Websitewebsitewebsite
Social Media Linkstwitter
Current OccupationJustice, 5th Court of AppealsJudge, 116th Civil District Court
since 2011
Years of Texas Residency17
JD School & YearHarvard University
Southern Methodist University
Other EducationStanford University, BS Mechanical Engineering, with Distinction (top 15%), 2002
Year of State Bar Licensure20081999
Legal Experience - NonjudicialAttorney, KoonsFuller, PC
Attorney, Thompson & Knight
Jury Trial Experience15-20 trials
Appellate Judicial ExperienceJustice, 5th Court of Appeals
Other Judicial ExperienceDistrict Judge, 470th District Court
Board CertificationsFamily Law
Child Welfare Law
Courts AdmittedUS Supreme Court
Texas Eastern District Court
US Court of Federal Claims
Texas Eastern District Court
Texas Northern District Court
Texas Southern District/Bankruptcy Court
Honors and AwardsMartin Luther King Jr. Justice Award, Dallas Bar Association, 2021
Super Lawyers' Rising Star, 2006-2008, 2010
Trial Judge of the Year, American Board of Trial Advocates, Dallas Chapter
Prior Elections
Most Recent Bar Polls2024 Poll - 407 61%2024 Poll - 634 39%
Key Endorsements (Max 5)
Judicial Philosophy (Max 250 words)Judges should interpret and apply the constitution and laws according to their original public meaning and should not legislate from the bench. The proper role of the court of appeals is to generate clearly-written, soundly-reasoned judicial opinions based on legitimate authority. A court should decide only the case at hand, according to the plain meaning of the texts and not the policy preferences of any individual judge. Stability in the law enhances the legitimacy of the judicial branch and increases efficiency for private decision-making. A judge should always be humble and loyal to the Texas and United States Constitutions.

•Chair of Civil Justice for the Texas Judicial Council
•member of the Supreme Court Advisory Committee
•recipient of the 2020 William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence from the National Center for State Courts

Date Submitted by Candidate1/28/24Gathered from public sources

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