University of Texas at Austin, B.A.
American University Washington College of Law, J.D.
Solo practice, 12/17-present; Asst. Federal Public Defender, Fed. Pub. Defender Western District of Texas, 10/03-12/17; Staff Attorney, Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund, 10/02-10/03; Trial Attorney, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Comm., 11/99-10/03; Staff Attorney, Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, 9/95-11/99
Elected Trustee, Dist. 4, El Paso Community College, 6/13-present; Board Vice President, Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, 2/10-present; State Bar of Texas Disciplinary Grievance Committee member, 2/12-present; Chair, El Paso County Civil Service Commission, 2012-13; former Board member, Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest; El Paso Leadership Class 33; Leadership Texas Class 2012; Richard Florida Creative Class El Paso, 2006
Ensuring impartiality is part of the judicial code of conduct which every judge swears to uphold. The current judicial campaign financing system is the current law. The only promise I can make to donors to my campaign is that upon taking the bench I will interpret the law to the best of my ability without fear or favor. Here in El Paso, attorneys who donate to judicial races understand that judges cannot make promises other than to treat all that appear before them with integrity, respect and fairness. That means anyone who appears in my court, no matter their race, gender, religion, or class will be treated equally. Because I'm an elected public servant, I will encourage feedback/input about my conduct in order to ensure that I am administering justice fairly and impartially.
My legal career has always been dedicated to the greater good, to the public good, to upholding the rule of law for everybody, and to being a strong and firm voice for those who have needed a voice. The court, as a gatekeeper, should allow everyone who appear before it a fair and efficient playing field for ALL; from attorneys, parties, jurors, and staff.
I will do my best to prevent this from occurring by setting a professional example and providing attorneys with explanations for my rulings. However should this occur, I will listen to the attorney, maintain calmness and then respectfully advise the attorney that I will take up his conduct under advisement. The most important thing is not to blow up at the attorney
There are both legal and ethical standards for recusal and they require a clear conflict of interest. For example, if I was a family judge and I divorced my husband and his case landed in my court, or if anyone appeared before me with whom I was involved in a significant matter such as business, personal or professional relationship, these would be clear conflicts.