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Justice, 1st Court of Appeals, Place 2

6-year term. Hears appeals on civil and criminal cases from lower courts in its district. Current Salary: $154,500Plazo de 6 años. Escucha apelaciones sobre casos civiles y penales de los tribunales inferiores en su distrito. Salario actual: $ 154,500.

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    Jane Bland

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Biographical Information

Background: What training, experience, and background qualify you for this position?

Access to Justice: What recent technological developments provide opportunities to improve the state's indigent defense system in civil and criminal cases?

Responsibilities: Which responsibility of a Justice, Court of Appeals, is your highest priority and why?

I have 20 years of experience as a judge. I am board-certified in civil trial law and appellate law. Before becoming a judge, I tried cases as a lawyer and clerked for a federal judge. I am a high honors graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and the College of Business. I have been recognized for judicial excellence and fairness.
Technology connects those in need with lawyers who can assist, makes court decisions widely available, and helps educate Texans about the legal process. I serve on the board of the Houston Volunteer Lawyers, which uses technology to provide information and legal services to veterans, Hurricane Harvey victims, and others who are facing legal challenges and cannot afford a lawyer. I served on the Justice Gap Commission, which reported on how technology can help more people access the courts.
I work hard every day to resolve disputes between Texas citizens, to defend the rule of law, to improve the efficiency and fairness of the justice system for all Texans, and to act with honesty, integrity, and respect toward all who come before our court. I approach each case with diligence, and I carefully apply the governing law to the specific facts of the case.
During my career, I served in senior roles for Howell Corporation, E.I. DuPont de Nemours, Conoco, Occidental, and NRG. I received both my BA and JD from the University of Pennsylvania. In civic matters, I was on the Board of the Houston Area Urban League and Advisory Boards for TSU's business school, UH's College, and the Blaffer Gallery.
As we move from a paper-based to an electronic environment in all areas of business, the courts should also work to adopt the best, most reliable, and secure forms of computer-based record keeping and data processing. Though the needs and rights of the indigent should never be sacrificed in the name of greater efficiency, all efforts to improve their access to justice and their ability to mount a vigorous and thorough defense through the use of these new technologies should be explored.
To demonstrate fairness to all parties by keeping an open mind to their arguments and points of view. This means a willingness to defend both popular and unpopular causes, to agree when appropriate but to dissent when necessary, and to look for decisions that satisfy both justice and the felt needs of our society in the 21st century. This should be done with due respect for precedent, case law, statutory law, the Constitution, and the parties involved.