Serving you as a Justice on Texas’s First Court of Appeals has been one of the greatest honors of my life. In this role, I work hard every day addressing a broad docket of civil and criminal appeals from Harris County and nine surrounding counties. I am on the ballot in 2018 to keep my seat, and I hope to earn your support.
While serving in this role, I have authored more than 100 opinions and contributed to another approximately 160. In each one, I have honored the promises I made when I took my oath of office. I promised to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitutions of Texas and the United States. I promised to give each and every case time and respect—to study all briefs and the record and to independently and thoroughly research the law. And I promised to faithfully apply the law (statutes, the Constitution, and contracts) as it is written so we remain governed by laws, not men. I have worked tirelessly every day to keep those commitments.
My background prepared me well for this role. I grew up in Houston. I earned my undergraduate degree Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University and my law degree from Harvard Law School, where I was a leader of the Journal of Law & Public Policy and taught legal research and writing.
After law school, I served as a law clerk on federal and state appellate courts, where I assisted with drafting opinions. I then developed a fulfilling practice in Houston at Baker Botts and Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, and at Gibson Dunn in Washington, D.C. I handled a diverse litigation docket at the trial and appellate levels, focusing on complex civil cases.
During my clerkships and in private practice, I saw firsthand the utmost importance of electing judges who are committed to the Constitution and the rule of law, who believe that we are governed by laws and not men, and who respect limited government and the separation of powers. It is a true privilege to be able to carry out these principles every day. I am very grateful for your trust in me.
I am also grateful for my wonderful family. My husband Ryan and I met in college, were married eleven years ago here in Houston at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, and have two children, Emily and James, who bring us endless joy.
I look forward to getting to know you and would be honored to have your support.