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2020 Judicial Comparison
Texas Ninth Court of Appeals
Chief Justice




Charles B. Meyer
(Republican)



Jarrod Lee Walker
(Republican)



Jay M. Wright
(Republican)



Colleen Cordts Rice
(Republican)



William "Scott" Golemon
(Republican)


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Jarrod Lee Walker for Chief Justice 9th Court of Appeals
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Jay Wright for
Chief Justice Texas
9th Court of Appeals
336 N. Main Street
Conroe, Texas 77301
936-494-2462
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Scott Golemon for
Chief Justice Ninth
District Court of Appeals
14921 Hwy. 105 E
Conroe, Texas 77306
936-520-2685
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CURRENT OCCUPATION

Attorney
Law Firm of Chuck Meyer, PLLC
2012-present


Jarrod Walker, Attorney at Law [1993-Present]


Jay Wright
Attorney at Law
[1994-present]


Attorney
Rice, Rice & Rice, P.C.
[timespan unknown]

Guardianship Investigator
Montgomery County
Court at Law No. 2


Attorney
Hope & Causey, P.C.
2012-present



UNDERGRAD SCHOOL/YEAR

B.S., Systems Engineering
University of Virginia
1982

Bachelor of Civil Law
University of Oxford
2005

M.S., Operations Research
The George Washington University
1985


B.A., Texas Tech University 1989


B.A., Political Science
Texas A & M University
at Corpus Christi
1982


B.A. Art History
Agnes Scott College
[Georgia]
1992


B.S. Agricultural Teacher Education
magna cum laude
1983

M.S. Teaching, Agricultural Education
magna cum laude
1984



JURIS DOCTOR

American University
Washington College of Law
1989


University of Mississippi
School of Law
1993


University of Houston
Law Center
1985


South Texas
College of Law
1995


University of Houston
Law Center
1987



YEAR STATE BAR LICENSURE

2012
also licensed in Maryland & Ohio


1993


1985


1996


1988



JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE - APPELLATE

















JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE - OTHER

















LEGAL EXPERIENCE - NONJUDICIAL

  • 2012-present: Attorney, Law Firm of Chuck Meyer, PLLC [The Woodlands]
  • 2013-15: Partner, FisherBroyles, LLP [Houston]
  • 2009-12: Partner, Lothe Law Firm [Houston]
  • 2007-08: Visiting Assistant Professor of Intellectual Property Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • 2006-07: Visiting Assistant Professor of Intellectual Property Law, University of Houston Law Center
  • 2003-04: European General Counsel, BlackBerry Europe
  • 1996-2003: TitleChief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, Research in Motion Limited
  • 2000-03: Vice President and Director, Europe; Research in Motion Limited
  • 1995-96: Intellectual Property Counsel-Consumer Products Group, IP Strategy Manager-Software; Compaq Computer Corporation (now HP)
  • 1992-95: Associate, Jones Day
  • 1991-92: Judicial Law Clerk, Hon. J. Craig Wright, Supreme Court of Ohio
  • 1990-91: Associate, Jones Day
  • 1989-90: Judicial Law Clerk, Hon. David A. Ezra, U.S. District Court

  • 1993-present: Jarrod Walker, Attorney at Law
  • Practiced in civil, criminal, juvenile, probate, and family courts.
  • Current President of Montgomery County Drug Court Assistance, Inc,
  • Legal Counsel for Montgomery County Mental Health Court
  • Former President of Montgomery County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Former Board Member of Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Former Board Member of Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

  • 1994-present: Jay Wright, Attorney at Law
  • 1986-93: Assistant Nueces County Attorney
    • 1990-92: Chief of Civil Division
    • 1988-90: Chief of Criminal Division
    • 1986-88: Trial Prosecutor

  • Probate lawyer
  • Family Law

  • 2012-present: Civil Litigation & Appellate Law Attorney; Hope & Causey, P.C.
  • 1997-2011: Civil Litigation & Appellate Law Attorney; Haas & Golemon, L.L.P.
  • 1991-96: Civil Litigation & Appellate Law Attorney; K. Michael Mayes, P.C.
  • 1988-1991: Civil Litigation Attorney & Appellate Law Attorney; Ruben Hope & Associates


Note:
  • Court appointed Guardian ad Litem for CPS cases & Minor Plaintiff cases
  • Involved in civil litigation that at times also involves both family law & criminal law issues
  • Practice also involves business matters such as business formation, real estate documentation and wills


BOARD CERTIFICATIONS

















COURTS ADMITTED TO

  • All Texas state courts

  • All Texas state courts

  • All Texas state courts
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Dist. Court, Southern Dist. of Texas

  • All Texas state courts

  • All Texas state courts
  • U.S. Dist. Court, Southern Dist. of Texas


HONORS & AWARDS





          • Distinguished-rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2019


          PRIOR ELECTION RESULTS






          2008 Republican Party Primary
          Chief Justice, 9th Court of Appeals
          47.06% v. Steve McKeithen





          2010 Republican Primary
          Judge, 221st Judicial District
          25.67%; 4-way race

          2008 Republican Primary Runoff
          Judge, 435th Judicial District
          46.34% v. Mike Seiler (R)

          2008 Republican Primary
          Judge, 435th Judicial District
          32.98%; 3-way race



          MOST RECENT BAR POLL RESULTS

















          KEY ENDORSEMENTS







                    JUDICIAL PHILOSOPHY




                    "Quite simply, I will follow the law. It is not a judges job to legislate from the bench. An appellate justice's job is to apply current legislation and case law to the facts of a particular case. This needs to be done in a prompt and efficient manner to provide fairness to all litigants before the court."

                    Provided by candidate 1/10/20







                    "I am running for CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE 9TH DISTRICT COURT OF APPEALS. As you know, we have the greatest Judicial System in the world, which can only survive by the enforcement of our laws and our Constitution. However, it is at a crossroads, because there are politicians, the media and some judges that are ignoring our laws, watering down our laws and/or blatantly refusing to enforce our laws.

                    I have been a civil trial attorney for over 31 years, handling cases all over the State of Texas. Unfortunately, in some of the trials and appeals that I have handled across the State, I have personally seen Judges refuse to follow and enforce our laws, but instead have legislated from the bench (created new law while ignoring prior legal precedent).

                    This is why I want to be the CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE 9TH DISTRICT COURT OF APPEALS:
                    • I will follow and enforce our laws.
                    • I will NOT legislate from the bench.
                    • I will uphold the Constitution and our laws that have made TEXAS GREAT and ensure fair and equal access and justice for all.
                    • The State and Federal Constitutions are the bedrock of our society and our laws. The Texas Courts of Appeals rarely have constitutional issues brought before them. On the other hand, the bulk of appeals to the Texas Courts of Appeals deal with the application of laws and facts during the Trials in District Courts and County Courts at Law, the vast majority of which are Jury Trials. A Justice’s judicial philosophy should be one of judicial self-restraint. Rulings should be made based upon well established tried and true established case law precedent. Therefore, prior case law precedent needs to be followed and enforced to insure fair and equal access and justice for all.
                    • A Court of Appeals Justice reviews Trials that are appealed from District Courts and/or County Courts at Law. The Justice must ensure that the proper laws, evidence and procedures were applied and followed. Trial and Appellate experience is not something that you learn from reading or by being taught after one becomes a Justice, but can only be obtained in the courtroom and by handling appeals. I have handled approximately 300 jury trials and dozens of appeals over my 31 years as a civil trial attorney. This extensive experience is required to be qualified to serve as an appellate Justice.
                    • I have four opponents in this race, who are all from Montgomery County; however, my four opponents combined do not come near my 300 jury trials and extensive trial and appellate experience. Therefore, I am the only candidate qualified to serve as the Chief Justice of the 9th District Court of Appeals."

                    Provided by candidate 1/3/2020


                    OTHER INFORMATION





                            Past or Present:
                            • Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas
                            • American Association for Justice
                            • State Bar of Texas
                            • College of the State Bar of Texas
                            • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
                            • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
                            • Montgomery County Bar Association [Board of Directors, Board President, Chairman Judges & Lawyers Buyers Group, Chairman Courthouse Appreciation BBQ, Program Director and Presenter of Guardian ad Litem Seminar]
                            • Montgomery County Tea Party PAC
                            • Montgomery County Eagle Forum
                            • Associate Member of various Mongomery County Republican Women groups
                            • National Rifle Association (NRA)
                            • Ducks Unlimited (DU)
                            • National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF)
                            • Life Member Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo (HLS&R) [Calf Scramble Arena Committee]
                            • Life Member Montgomery County Fair Association [Lifetime Executive Committee, Lifetime Vice President, Officer in Charge Livestock Show, Officer in Charge Livestock Auction]


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