Texas Supreme Court
Republican opponent: Nathan Hecht
Libertarian opponent: Mark Ash
Amy Clark Meachum has been presiding judge of the 201st District Court of Travis County since 2011. She serves as Civil Presiding Judge for all the civil and family courts in Travis County and is the judicial liaison for the Administrative and Public Law Council for the State Bar of Texas. She is a graduate of Southern Methodist University with degrees in political science and journalism and the University of Texas School of Law, where she was a member of Texas Law Review.
She began her legal career at Carrington, Coleman, Sloman and Blumenthal in Dallas. She later joined the Austin law firm of McGinnis Lochridge. She was named a Rising Star for general civil litigation by Texas Law & Politics Magazine in 2007, 2008 and 2009. She was the recipient of the Austin Young Lawyer of the Year Award for 2010 and the Austin Under 40 Award for the Legal Industry in 2011. She was the recipient of the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association Pathfinder award in 2015. She is a former board president of Bookspring, which provides children’s books to underserved communities and is a former board member of the Austin Children’s Museum and Thinkery. She currently serves on the board of Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas.
Supreme Court Justice, Place 6
Republican opponent: Jane Bland
Kathy Cheng is a Houston attorney who has been in private practice for 17 years. She has a Bachelor of Science from Louisiana State University Shreveport and Doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law Houston. She is a volunteer for nonprofit organizations including League of Women Voters of the Houston Area, Light and Salt Association, and Taiwanese Heritage Society of Houston.
Supreme Court Justice, Place 7
Republican opponent: Jeff Boyd
Libertarian opponent: William Bryan Strange III
Staci Williams was sworn in on January 1, 2015, as judge of the 101st District Court in Dallas. Before assuming the bench, she had over 10 years judicial experience and over 27 year legal career including judicial clerkship in the U.S. Virgin Islands; in-house counsel positions with corporations in the defense, telecommunications and retail industries; trial attorney and administrative judge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; counsel, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee; Municipal court Judge, City of Dallas, and private practice handling employment, commercial, business, personal injury, and criminal matters.
She is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., and Smith College in Northampton, MA.
Supreme Court Justice, Place 8
Republican opponent: Brett Busby
Libertarian opponent: Tom Oxford
Gisela Triana has served in judicial roles for 24 years. Before being elected judge on the 3rd Court of Appeals in 2018, she served as judge of the 200th Judicial District Court, as well as Austin Municipal Court judge, Justice of the Peace and Travis County Court-at-Law judge.
A graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, she has been a faculty member of the University of Texas International Office’s U.S. Law Program. She has volunteered with Austin Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts, Volunteer Legal Services, Legal Line, the Pro-Bono College, Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, the Children’s Justice Act Task Force, the Austin Women’s Political Caucus, Austin Recovery, the Travis County Child Protective Services Board, Middle Earth Youth and Family Services, and the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Hispanic Technology Institute of Austin.
3rd Court of Appeals, Chief Justice
Republican opponent: Jeff Rose
Darlene Byrne has served as judge of the District Court in Travis County since 2001. Previously, she practiced for 13 years in employment, commercial and governmental entity litigation. She is the senior judicial advisor for the Texas Children’s Commission. She is a past president of the National Council for Juvenile and Family Court Judges and a past Judge of the Year of National CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children), Texas CASA and CASA of Travis County.
She is on the Judicial Council for National CASA and is an Advisory Council member for TexProtects, Partnerships for Children and the Seedling Foundation. She is a member of the Travis County Juvenile Justice Board, a founding team member of the Travis County Family Drug Treatment Court and the Travis County Model Court of Children, Youth and Families.
Court of Criminal Appeals, Pl. 3
Republican opponent: Bert Richardson
Elizabeth Davis Frizell, a Dallas attorney, retired as judge of Dallas County District Court 7 in 2018. Her career also included working with the Department of Justice; 13 years as a solo practitioner of criminal, family, and juvenile law; presiding judge in the cities of Balch Spring, Lucas, Princeton and Dallas, including Dallas County Criminal Court 11.
A graduate of the State Bar Judicial College, she was appointed by the Dallas City Council to serve as chair of the Judicial Nominating Commission for the City of Dallas. She has served on the Board of Westcoast University, and the Urban League of Dallas, and is also a member of the North Texas Crime Commission. She was awarded Judge of the year by the J.L. Turner Legal Association, is a Fellow of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Life Foundation and was recently honored with the 2017 Outstanding Award for Humanitarian by the National Council of Negro Women.
Court of Criminal Appeals, Pl. 4
Republican opponent: Kevin Patrick Yeary
Tina Clinton currently presides over Texas Criminal District Court 1, which has jurisdiction in Dallas County. This is a felony criminal court. She was elected to this position in 2018 after serving for eight years as Judge of Dallas County Criminal Court 8. She was elected to the Board of the Texas Center for the Judiciary by her judicial peers. She has taught criminal law throughout the United States, and testified before the Texas Senate Subcommittee on Criminal Justice and the Texas House Committee on Probation and Parole.
Court of Criminal Appeals, Pl. 9
Republican opponent: David Newell
Brandon Birmingham is in his second term as presiding judge of the 292nd Judicial District Court in Dallas County. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary.