The Harris County judicial elections in November 2020 are more important than ever, especially without straight-ticket voting. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about running as a judicial candidate in Texas, now is the time to start the process.
On Wednesday, July 24, the Harris County Republican Party's Judicial Screening Committee will hold aninformation session for those interested in exploring the possibilities of becoming a judicial candidate in Harris County. The program will include the following speakers, as well as other judicial veterans and experts.
|Justice Jeffrey S. Boyd is a justice on the Texas Supreme Court (Place 7). He was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to replace Dale Wainwright, who resigned in September 2012. Boyd joined the court on December 3, 2012. He was re-elected on November 4, 2014, for a term beginning January 1, 2015, and ending December 31, 2020. Prior to assuming his seat on the state supreme court, Boyd served as Perry's chief of staff and general counsel. Boyd is a graduate of Abilene Christian University and earned his law degree summa cum laude from Pepperdine University, where he graduated second in his law school class. After graduation, he clerked for Judge Thomas M. Reavley on the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. He also spent 15 years with Thompson & Knight L.L.P. in two stints, leaving first in 2000 to join then-Texas Attorney General John Cornyn as deputy attorney general for general litigation and continuing with Attorney General Greg Abbott. He rejoined Thompson & Knight as senior partner in 2003.|
|Marc Brown is a former Place 4 judge of the Texas Fourteenth District Court of Appeals. Prior to joining the Court of Appeals in 2013, where he served through 2018, Brown was a judge on the 180th District Court, a position to which he was elected in 2010. Prior to that, he was an assistant district attorney in Harris County. Brown received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center.|
Katherine Cabaniss is a former judge of the Texas 248th District Court in Texas. Cabaniss received her J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law. Cabaniss worked as the executive director of Crime Stoppers of Houston Inc. from September 2006 until taking the bench. Prior to that, she was an assistant district attorney for 11 years in the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, where she served as the chief prosecutor.
|Kristin Guiney served as judge of the 179th Judicial District Court 2012 - 16. Guiney earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center. Her experience includes work as an assistant district attorney for the Harris County District Attorney's Office and as an attorney in private practice.|
|Trey Trainor is an American lawyer and government official. Currently a partner at the law firm of Akerman LLP, he has been nominated by President Donald Trump to become a Commissioner of the Federal Election Commission. Trainor previously served as a special assistant to United States Secretary of Defense James Mattis, as general counsel to the Secretary of State of Texas, and as counsel to the Texas House Committee on Regulated Industries. Trainor's legal practice specializes in election law, campaign finance, and ethics.|
Topics will include, campaign finance, rules and regulations, judicial screening, and others. This event will serve as a valuable opportunity for anyone who has a desire to learn more and ask questions about the process and experience of running for a judicial position.
When: Wednesday, July 24, 2019, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Where: Harris County Republican Party Headquarters
2501A Central Pkwy A-11, Houston, TX 77092
There is no cost to join the 2020 Judicial Candidate Information Session; however, your RSVP is necessary for admission.