Texas Supreme Court, Place 9

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Julia Maldonado

Evan Young

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Campaign Mailing Addressjulia@maldonadofortexas.comEvan Young Campaign
1005 Congress Avenue, Suite 400
Austin Texas 78701
Campaign Phone(713) 528-5522
Campaign WebsiteWebsiteWebsite
Social Media Linkstwitter
Current OccupationPresiding Judge of the 507th Family District CourtJustice, Supreme Court of Texas, Place 9
Years of Texas Residency25
JD School & YearThurgood Marshall School Of LawYale Law School (2004)
Other EducationAccounting, University of Houston–DowntownOxford University, First Class Honours in Modern History (2001)
Duke University, Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude with Honors in History (minors in Japanese and Political Science) (1999)
Tom C. Clark High School, San Antonio (1995)
Year of State Bar Licensure19982007
Legal Experience - NonjudicialPracticing Attorney
J. Maldonado Law Firm, P.C.
Baker Botts, L.L.P. - Partner - Austin office, Firm-wide Chair of Supreme Court and Constitutional Law practice group, Department Chair for Litigation
Law Clerk, Justice Antonin Scalia, U.S. Supreme Court
Law Clerk, Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit 
Counsel to the Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice
Deputy Rule of Law Coordinator; US Embassy Baghdad, Iraq
Adjunct Professor, University of Texas School of Law
Jury Trial Experience
Appellate Judicial ExperienceSupreme Court of Texas, 2021-present
Other Judicial ExperienceMember, Texas Judicial Council, 2017-2021
Board CertificationsFamily Law
Courts AdmittedU.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Courts of Appeals for First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, and D.C.
U.S. District Courts for Eastern, Northern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
State of Texas
Honors and AwardsAmerican Law Institute
Business Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, Chair
Frequent Continuing Legal Education speaker
Federalist Society
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Texas Regional Office, former Chair
Texas Supreme Court Historical Society
University of Texas Law Professor of the Year
Best Lawyer at Austin’s 40 under 40 Awards
Texas Appellate Super Lawyer
Active in religious liberty pro bono work
Prior Elections
Most Recent Bar PollsState Bar (Feb '22)

State Bar (Feb '22)

Key Endorsements (Max 5)Texas AFL-CIO
American Federation of Teachers
United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural (UAW)
Governor Greg Abbott
14 former Texas Supreme Court Justices
Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC
Texas Alliance for Life PAC
Texas Oil and Gas Good Govt Cmte
Judicial Philosophy (Max 250 words)

The judicial philosophy of my old boss, Justice Antonin Scalia, is my philosophy too—that judges are the servants of the People and are there to facilitate the People’s self-government by providing accurate, precise, scholarly, reliable, and clear interpretations of legal texts.  Whether the Constitution, a statute, a contract, a deed, or a will, the judicial role remains the same: determining what the words in those legal texts meant at the time they were written, because that is what they mean today.  All judges claim that they never “legislate from the bench” and “set their personal preferences aside”—easy things to say, but harder to do.  But Justice Scalia actually knew how to do it, and he did, and he taught his law clerks how to do it, too.  The pledge I make to the People of Texas is that I will follow the law in every single case, and work as hard as necessary to get it right, exactly as he did in his decades of service to our country.

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I have argued at the U.S. Supreme Court, and not just state and federal trial and appellate courts.  I have been on the inside at the U.S. Supreme Court, as a clerk to Justice Scalia, where I saw how a court of last resort and discretionary jurisdiction operates.  I have helped draft the rules for all Texas courts as a member of the Supreme Court Advisory Committee.  I have seen the inside of legal systems where the rule of law is in short supply, such as the year I spent in Baghdad, where I spent hours every week with the Chief Justice of Iraq.  I have now been serving as a Justice on a court of last resort, the Texas Supreme Court, where I argued many cases.  I have served on the Texas Judicial Council, the highest policy making body for the Texas Judiciary.  I am the only candidate in this race to have any of those experiences, and I am honored that Governor Abbott—a former Texas Supreme Court Justice himself, someone who knows how the institution works—chose me from a broad field to serve our State in this capacity.  And I am honored that every single former Justice—men and women who well know my work and the work of the other candidates—has endorsed me in this race.

Date Submitted by CandidateData gathered from public sources and/or previous profiles.2/16/2022

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