About this Event
Judge Tina Clinton Candidate for Court of criminal Appeals, Place 4 and Judge Brandon Birmingham candidate for Court of criminal Appeals, Place 9 will be guest speakers at the Hill County Democratic Party monthly meeting January 13, 2020 at the Country Pride Restaurant banquet room located in the TA Travel Center, 160 highway 77, Hillsboro, Texas, at 6:00 pm.
Judge Clinton 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. Judge Clinton is known for fairness and efficiency. During her time in County Criminal Court, she reduced the court’s backlogged docket by 50 percent. For the 2020 election cycle, Judge Clinton is running for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 4.
Clinton has substantial bench experience and the reputation within the legal community of running an efficient, fair and decorous courtroom. She too has served both in the Dallas County district attorney’s office as well as practicing criminal law. Additionally, she has been deeply involved in both community and criminal justice issues. Clinton recently served a three-year term as presiding judge for all the misdemeanor courts.
Judge Clinton has deep and diverse legal experience. As a defense lawyer, prosecutor and judge, she has conducted more than 400 criminal trials. 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 U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Criminal Justice and the U.S. House Committee on Probation and Parole.
Birmingham grew up in Carrollton, Texas, and is a graduate of R. L. Turner High school. As the Captain of the Baylor Men’s Tennis Team, he graduated as a student-athlete before attending and graduating from South Texas College of Law. Before joining the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office in 2002, he was an intern for Chief Justice Michael Schneider at the First District Court of Appeals in Houston, Texas. He is in his second term as the presiding judge of the 292nd Judicial District Court in Dallas County, Texas.
He loves trial work, having studied and practiced it both as a judge and a prosecutor for nearly 20 years. His trial experience as lead counsel includes Capital murder, Cold Cases, Sexual Assault, Child abuse, and Intoxication Manslaughter.
His experience in the Courtroom came at a time when the criminal justice system was confronted with the systemic flaws that caused Dallas County to lead the nation in exonerations
In addition to trying cases, Judge Birmingham loves to teach. Since 2007, he has taught over 50 hours of Continuing Legal Education to Judges, criminal defense lawyers, prosecutors and police officers locally and nationally. He is also a former member of the Texas Bar College because of his significant voluntary participation in legal education and service to the legal profession. He is a visiting professor at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law where he teaches an upper level class called “Circumstantial Evidence in Murder Trials.”
Judge Birmingham’s other specialty court is the Felony Domestic Violence Court. The Court is committed to protecting the victims of intimate partner domestic violence by eliminating abusive behavior patterns of offenders.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
LocationCountry Pride Restaurant banquet room located in the TA Travel Center, 160 highway 77, Hillsboro, Texas
Date & TimeJanuary 13, 2020