WHY I AM RUNNING
RE: Announcing My Candidacy for the Fifth Court of Appeals
Dear Conservative Voter:
It is an honor to announce my candidacy for an open seat (non-incumbent) on the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Dallas. Justice Douglas Lang is running for the position of Chief Justice, which would leave his position (Place 11) open. After much thought and prayer about devoting myself to public service, I’ve decided to seek the office of Justice as a candidate in the March 2018 primary. I’m writing to seek your support in this race.
Why am I running?
Quite simply, the work of the Fifth Court of Appeals is too important not to have the best-qualified people serving on it. It is the largest and busiest intermediate appellate court in Texas, handling about 2,000 new cases a year from the 6 counties in its jurisdiction: Collin, Dallas, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman, and Rockwall.
My opponent in this race is a young criminal defense lawyer who has never even handled an appeal and has previously made unsuccessful bids for a bench in Dallas and for Dallas County District Attorney.
I am not running to better myself financially. Leaving the successful private practice that I’ve built over my career is a tremendous financial sacrifice—and I believe public service should be a sacrifice. I am running because I believe in public service and because protecting the rule of law is too important to entrust to those without the experience or qualifications to do the job.
What makes me the best candidate?
For over 27 years, I have handled a wide variety of civil litigation in state and federal courts throughout Texas, representing everyone from individuals and small businesses to Fortune 100 companies. My experience includes litigation in all six counties that make up the jurisdiction of the Fifth Court of Appeals, handling everything from wrongful death cases to business disputes,
employment law, professional liability, intellectual property, consumer protection, media law, and family law. I have extensive appellate experience, with reported opinions from appellate courts throughout Texas, and have handled many cases before the Fifth Court of Appeals.
Perhaps the most important part of the job of an appellate justice is writing. Besides the writing I routinely do in practice, I have authored four law books and am a contributing author to seven others. I am also the author of over 30 law review articles as well as hundreds of other articles in publications like the Texas Bar Journal, Texas Lawyer, and national legal publications. I have also been gratified to see my work receive many awards, including the Burton Award for Distinguished Achievement in Legal Writing, as well as the Texas Bar Foundation’s Outstanding Law Review Article Award and the Bar College’s Best CLE Article Award.
Adherence to our ethical standards is vital for lawyers and judges, and I am proud to have received the highest honors that a Texas lawyer can receive for legal ethics and professionalism—the Texas Bar Foundation’s Lola Wright Award for lifetime
achievement in legal ethics and the State Bar College’s Jim Bowmer Professionalism Award.
I frequently write and speak on ethics topics, including judicial ethics, and I’ve served as chair of the Dallas Bar Association’s Legal Ethics Committee. In 2015, I was appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas to the Professional Ethics Committee of the State Bar, which issues the ethics opinions providing guidance to Texas lawyers.
I believe in serving our community and the legal profession. I serve or have served on numerous civic boards, including for organizations fighting domestic violence and promoting animal welfare. I’ve served as a bar association president. I’ve also served on the State Bar Grievance Committee, and as Chair of the Texas Bar Journal Board of Editors.
Appellate opinions form the body of law that guide us as lawyers and which we cite as authority. I serve as an adjunct law professor at 3 law schools (SMU Dedman School of Law, Texas A&M University School of Law, andTexas Tech University School of Law). My work has been cited as authority by courts in Texas and nationwide, as well as in over 300 law review articles. As a
leading authority on technology and the law—an area of increasing importance for our courts—I’ve been quoted by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, TIME magazine, USA Today, the ABA Journal, and many other publications.
I also regularly teach judges as a member of the faculty of the Texas Center for the Judiciary, the National Center for State Courts, and the Appellate Justices Educational Institute. I am a member of the prestigious American Law Institute as well.
Simply put, the vital work that the Fifth Court of Appeals does demands that we put the best-qualified candidates on that court. I believe that I am the best-qualified candidate in my race, but I need your support to get me there. I ask that you support me, not only with your vote, but with a financial contribution as well.
Please feel free to call me on my cell regarding my candidacy (214-454-6563).
Thank you for your consideration.
John G. Browning