5th Court of Appeals, Place 4

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Maricela Moore
(D) - Dallas

Emily Miskel
(R) - McKinney

Candidate (L)
Candidate (G)
Candidate (I)

Campaign Mailing AddressJudge Maricela Moore for Justice Campaign
7324 Gaston Ave. Ste. 124-353
Dallas, Texas 75214
PO Box 2800
McKinney, TX 75070
Campaign Phone972-885-8510
Campaign Websitejudgemaricelamoore.comJudgeEmily.com
Social Media Linkstwitter
Current OccupationDistrict Judge, 162nd Civil District Court
Local Administrative District Judge, Dallas County
District Judge
Years of Texas Residency15
JD School & YearGeorge Washington University Law School, 2001Harvard Law School, 2008
Other EducationB.S., magna cum laude, Boston College, Carroll School of Management, 1997Stanford University, BS Mechanical Engineering, with Distinction (top 15%), 2002
Year of State Bar Licensure20012008
Legal Experience - Nonjudicial

Baker & McKenzie
Cowles and Thompson
Law intern, Texas Supreme Court and United States District Court for the District of Columbia

Nonjudicial: Before going to law school, I worked as an engineer, designing and constructing projects in the oil & gas industry. After going to law school, I practiced in the intellectual property and environmental departments at Thompson & Knight. I also obtained a lot of courtroom experience working for a medium-sized firm for six years before becoming a judge.
Jury Trial ExperiencePresided over hundreds of products liability, commercial, and personal injury jury trials As local administrative district judge, I ensured that in-person jury trials continued safely in Collin County throughout the pandemic, and never shut down our courts. As a member of the State Bar of Texas Pattern Jury Charges Oversight Committee, I help prepare standardized jury charges for Texas litigants
I have participated in jury trials as an attorney and now preside over them as district judge. During the pandemic, I conducted the first virtual jury trial.
Appellate Judicial Experience Invited to speak at more than 7 appellate education conferences statewide.
Other Judicial ExperiencePresiding Judge of Civil Jury ServicesTexas Supreme Court Advisory Committee
Texas Judicial Council
Vice Chair, Supreme Court of Texas Remote Proceedings Task Force
State Bar of Texas Computer & Technology Section Council
Board CertificationsLabor and Employment LawFamily Law and Child Welfare
Courts Admitted Texas
US Supreme Court
US District Court, Eastern District of Texas
Honors and AwardsAmerican Board of Trial Advocates Trial Judge of the Year, 2019
Recognized by “BestLawyers” in the area of labor and employment law, 2014-2016
“Best Lawyer in Dallas” by D Magazine, 2014, 2016
“Texas Super Lawyer” 2014-2016
“Texas Rising Star” 2005, 2011-2014
2020 William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence, National Center for State Courts. Exemplary Article Award, Texas Center for the Judiciary.
Prior Elections2016 - won, unopposed
2020 - won, unopposed
Most Recent Bar PollsState Bar (Feb '22)
2017 - #1 overall
State Bar (Feb '22)
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. 
MiscLongtime resident of East Dallas
Two children
Bilingual in English and Spanish
Parishioner at St. Thomas Aquinas Church
 Member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas
Professional Engineer (P.E.) in Mechanical Engineering, licensed in California 2005-2011
Author of the book "Interception: A Practical Guide to Wiretapping and Interception Laws for Civil and Family Law Attorneys"
Date Submitted by Candidate1/25/2022
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