Tag Archives: Judicial Elections

Election 2016: Some New Faces on Texas Appellate Courts

D. Todd Smith
As in recent cycles, Republican incumbents and open-seat candidates for Texas appellate benches generally fared well in the 2016 general election. South Texas was the notable exception. The election will not change the Texas Supreme Court’s composition—at least not directly—as incumbent Justices Paul Green, Eva Guzman, and Debra Lehrmann all retained their seats. Donald Trump’s … Continue Reading

2014 Election Results, Texas Appellate Edition

D. Todd Smith
Republicans continued their dominance of statewide judicial races in yesterday’s election, with Chief Justice Nathan Hecht and Justices Jeff Brown, Jeff Boyd, and Phil Johnson winning new six-year terms on the Texas Supreme Court. In the Court of Criminal Appeals, Judge Bert Richardson, Kevin Patrick Yeary, and David Newell all prevailed by wide margins. Two sitting … Continue Reading

More on Grisham’s The Appeal

D. Todd Smith
Following up on this post, I finished reading John Grisham’s The Appeal this past weekend.  As some reviews have noted, the story is more about the politics of judicial elections than the actual appellate process, which is barely mentioned at all.  I laughed out loud, though, when I read the following passage: In Atlanta, Jared … Continue Reading

John Grisham’s New Book, The Appeal

D. Todd Smith
If you haven’t already heard, John Grisham has a new legal thriller out.  It’s called The Appeal.  Here’s an excerpt from Charles Taylor’s review at Bloomberg.com: [The defendant’s] next step, of course, is to appeal the verdict.  Knowing that it will take several years for the case to reach the state Supreme Court, the company … Continue Reading

Law Review Article on Judicial Elections

D. Todd Smith
Per How Appealing, an article entitled The Irony of Judicial Elections (abstract with link for download) will appear in the March 2008 issue of the Columbia Law Review.  The article’s abstract reads as follows: Judicial elections in the United States have undergone a dramatic transformation.  For more than a century, these state and local elections … Continue Reading

Change Coming to Tenth Court

D. Todd Smith
According to the Tex Parte Blog, Tenth Court of Appeals Justice Bill Vance (pictured) has announced that he will not seek a fourth term in 2008.  Justice Vance apparently dismissed any notion that his ongoing conflict with with Chief Justice Tom Gray played any part in his decision.… Continue Reading

Another Reason for Judicial Selection Reform

D. Todd Smith
Within the past couple of weeks, I have been contacted by two different lawyers about their clients’ respective appeals, both of which appear to be on a collision course with the Texas Supreme Court.  Sounds promising, right?  Not so fast. Rather than calling to discuss hiring me to handle their matters, both lawyers wanted me to … Continue Reading

House Companions to Senate Judicial Selection Bills Filed

D. Todd Smith
According to this week’s State Bar Friday Update, Representative Myra Crownover has filed two companion bills (House Bill 1908 and House Joint Resolution 78) to the Senate judicial selection legislation mentioned here.  Both have been referred to the House Judiciary Committee, but have not been set for hearing.… Continue Reading

Judicial Selection Bills Filed

D. Todd Smith
The State Bar’s Friday Update reports that Senator Robert Duncan has filed two judicial selection bills.  The first, Senate Bill 806, allows for appointment of certain judicial offices and nonpartisan retention elections.  The second, Senate Joint Resolution 32, proposes a related constitutional amendment.… Continue Reading
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