Texas Supreme Court, Place 3

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Texas Supreme Court, Place 3

Erin Nowell 
(D - Duncanville)

Debra Lehrmann
(R - Fort Worth)

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Current Occupation5th Court of Appeals
Place 5
Texas Supreme Court, Plc 3
2010 - Present
Campaign Mailing Address

Justice Erin Nowell Campaign
Post Office Box 381431
Duncanville, Texas 75138

Debra Lehrmann Campaign
POB 1394
Austin Texas 78767
Campaign Phone
Campaign Websitewww.justicenowell.comwww.justicedebralehrmann.com
Social Media LinksFacebooktwitter
Years of Texas Residency
JD School & YearUniversity of Texas

University of Texas School of Law 1982
LLM Duke University School of Law

Other EducationWake Forest UniversityUniversity of Texas 1979
B.A. (with honors)
Year of State Bar Licensure1983
Legal Experience - Nonjudicial15 yearsPracticed law with Law, Snakard & Gambill in Fort Worth, Texas

Handled complex family law matters, including property divisions involving intellectual property, real estate, corporations and other business entities, mergers and acquisitions, securities, oil and gas, tax, torts, and other highly technical matters

Handled a broad scope of child and other family related matters including child protection and domestic violence

Lead Prosecutor and Director of the Enforcement Division of the Tarrant County Domestic Relations Office

Author, Texas Annotated Family Code

Author, Court Appointed Representation of  Children
Jury Trial Experience
Appellate Judicial ExperienceTexas 5th Court of Appeals
Since 2019
Texas Supreme Court
Since 2011
Other Judicial ExperienceDistrict Judge, 360th District Court in Fort Worth
Family law judge in Tarrant county 23 years
Board Certifications
Courts AdmittedAll Texas state courts
U.S. District Court,
Northern District of Texas
Honors and AwardsNational Bar Association's Top 40 Advocates Under 40

2018 Texas Women Lawyers Brenda Tso Rising Young Lawyer Award
  • Judge Eva Barnes Award (2009)
  • Judge Scott Moore Court Appointed Special Advocate Award (2005)
  • Texas Bar Foundation’s Outstanding Bar Journal Article Award (2003)
  • Outstanding Young Lawyer of Tarrant County (1990)
  • Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court
  • Lloyd Lochridge Inn of Court (Past President)
Prior Elections

Texas Supreme Court, Plc 3
2016 General: 54.84% to 38.38%, with two 3rd party candidates
2010 General: 59.41% to 36.24%

Most Recent Bar Polls

State Bar (Feb '22)

State Bar (Feb '22)
Key Endorsements (Max 5)AFL-CIO
American Federation of Teachers
United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Workers of America (UAW)
Governor Greg Abbott
Texas Civil Justice League PAC
Dallas Morning News
Judicial Philosophy (Max 250 words)2016: A committed conservative, strong supporter of tort reform, strict textualist who never legislates from the bench and scholarly jurist, she takes her oath to strictly and conscientiously apply the law in a methodical manner very seriously.  Consistent with her study under Justices Scalia and Alito at Duke Law, her record evidences this philosophy.  She has repeatedly written, plain language of the text is determinative:  “Legislative intent is best revealed in legislative language: ‘Where text is clear, text is determinative.’ … the truest measure of what it intended is what it enacted … This text-based approach requires us to study the language of the specific section at issue, as well as the statute as a whole.” (OAG).When endorsing, 12 Supreme Court Justices said: “As former members of the … Court …, we are vitally interested in a strong and respected … Court.  We know and admire Justice Lehrmann, and are unanimous in our support for this talented jurist.  Texans deserve to retain a justice with impeccable credentials and unwavering devotion to the administration of justice.”  Demonstrative of the respect her conservative colleagues have for her judicial philosophy: all other members of the Court have joined her majority opinions over 90% of the time.  Because of her faithful application of these principles, she was chosen by Justice Scalia’s co-author to edit his upcoming book.  And last June, George Will opined that judges who join the types of opinions that Justice Lehrmann has joined deserve promotion to the United States Supreme Court. 1
1 “The next Republican president should ask this of potential court nominees: Do you agree that Lochner correctly reflected the U.S. natural rights tradition and the Ninth and 14th amendments’ affirmation of unenumerated rights? To his first nominee, however, this president should simply say, “Welcome to Washington, Justice Willett.” “(George Will,Washington Post, July 10, 2015
Date Submitted by CandidateData gathered from public sources and/or previous profiles.10/6/22

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