The Texas Supreme Court does not have the level of child protective service (CPS) and family law experience that is necessary to handle these critically important cases. Having served as a family law judge for over 22 years, my election would fulfill the need for a jurist with this type of experience. No other candidate in this race has this type of expertise. My 22 years of service as a judge is almost double the amount of judicial experience of any other candidate in this race. The type of court that I preside over requires a broad understanding of all types of matters handled by civil courts. Contested issues involve complex property, real estate, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, trusts, oil and gas, tax, torts, constitutional law, domestic violence and child protection. A strong grasp of civil procedure and evidence is also required, as cases are tried to both the bench and the jury. As a Commissioner on the Uniform Laws Commission, responsible for drafting the many uniform codes adopted throughout the United States, I have expertise in all areas of civil law that are heard by the Court. The author of two important legal treatises and numerous articles, I am recognized by the Texas Bar Foundation for legal scholarship and writing ability, and received their award for writing the best bar review article. I serve as the Chair-Elect of the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association. I received the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Award for outstanding service and dedication to children and families. In 2009, I received the Eva Barnes Award for outstanding service, leadership, dedication and uncommon contributions to the legal profession. I’ve been endorsed by the Austin American Statesman, Association of Women Attorneys based in Houston, and others throughout the state.