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2020 Judicial Comparison
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Place 4




Steve Miears
(Democrat)




TIna Clinton
(Democrat)




Kevin Patrick Yeary*
(Republican)



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CAMPAIGN CONTACT

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CURRENT OCCUPATION

Owner, Lawyer
Steven R. Miears, P.C.


Presiding Judge
Criminal District Court No.1
[Dallas]
2018-present


Justice
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
2015-present



UNDERGRAD SCHOOL/YEAR

B.A., Austin College
with honors
1980


B.A. [degree unknown]
University of Texas at Austin
1992


B.A. English Communication Arts
St. Mary’s University
1988



JURIS DOCTOR

Texas Tech University School of Law
1983


Southern Methodist University
School of Law
1995


St. Mary's University
1991



YEAR STATE BAR LICENSURE

1983


1995


1991



JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE - APPELLATE




Justice, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
2015-present



JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE - OTHER

2018-present: Presiding Judge, Crim. Dist. Court No.1 [Dallas]

2010-18: Judge, Dallas Cty Crim. Court No. 8

[unknown dates]: 3-year term, presiding judge for all Dallas County misdemeanor courts






LEGAL EXPERIENCE - NONJUDICIAL

  • Handled over 200 appeals of criminal cases. To view cases, visit Case Search, Bar Number: 14025600, displaying [currently] 254 entries and 11+ pages listing all cases handled on appeal.
  • Helped start one of the first Drug Courts in Texas over 14 years ago [link]
  • Former prosecutor in Lubbock County Texas
  • Private practice in Fannin, Collin, Denton, Tarrant, and Dallas Counties

  • [unkown]: Prosecutor, Dallas County District Attorney's Office

  • 1998-2014: Assistant Criminal District Attorney, Bexar County Criminal District Attorney's Office
  • 2000-08: Adjunct Professor, San Antonio College (legal research, writing, & criminal law)
  • 1997-98: Assistant District Attorney, Harris County District Attorney's Office
  • 1995-96: Assistant District Attorney, Dallas County District Attorney's Office
  • 1992-95: Associate Attorney, Hedges & Walsh
  • 1991-92: Briefing Attorney/Law Clerk, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals


BOARD CERTIFICATIONS

Criminal Law
Criminal Appellate Law









COURTS ADMITTED TO

  • All Texas State courts
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Dist. Court, Northern Dist. of Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Court, Eastern Dist. of Texas

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

  • All Texas State courts
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Dist. Court, Western District of Texas


HONORS & AWARDS

  • TDCLA "Heart of a Champion" Award
  • Texas Monthly "Super Lawyer" for last 5 years


    • Rated "AV Preeminent®" by Martindale Hubbell
    • Rated "Superb" by the AVVO lawyer rating service
    • Secretary, San Antonio Bar Association’s Appellate Section
    • Commentator, Texas Independent Bar Association G&S Report
    • Former board member and current official, Encino Park Swim Team


    PRIOR ELECTION RESULTS

    2018 Texas General Election
    Presiding Judge
    Dallas Cty. Crim. Dist. Court No.1
    100%; unopposed

    2014 Texas General Election
    Judge, Dallas Cty. Crim. Dist. Court No. 8
    100%; unopposed

    2010 Texas General Election
    Judge, Dallas Cty. Crim. Dist. Court No. 8
    100%; unopposed


    2014 Texas General Election
    Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals
    Place 4
    76.22% v. Quanah Parker (L), Judith Sanders-Castro (G)




    MOST RECENT BAR POLL RESULTS








    KEY ENDORSEMENTS






        JUDICIAL PHILOSOPHY

        "My judicial philosophy is that all laws, trials, and appeals are subject to review for compliance with the U.S. and Texas Constitution. Due Process and the individual liberties protected by these Constitutions should be the benchmark by which all criminal proceedings are reviewed. Laws should serve to promote the rights and freedoms of all people-- regardless of wealth, race, gender, or education."









        OTHER INFORMATION

        • Candidate: "Financial contributions to a candidate in a state-wide judicial race are motivated by a desire to influence the Court. I will accept no donations of money from any source."
        • Candidate: "Judicial Candidates should voluntarily agree to TERM LIMITS. I will not seek this bench for more than two terms."


          • Alumnus, Kappa Sigma Fraternity
          • Alumnus, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity
          • Member, Catholic Lawyers Guild


          INFORMATION APPROVED BY CANDIDATE ON:

          9/7/2019


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          9/7/2019


          11/26/2019


          4/18/2019


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