Job descriptionThe 2nd District Court of Appeals has seven-members. It is one of the 14 appeals courts in Texas. Term is six years.
Duties
  • Reviews cases that are appealed from district and county courts, including civil and criminal cases, but not death penalty cases.

Note: Civil law deals with behavior that injures an individual or other private party, such as a corporation. Criminal law deals with behavior that is an offense against the public, society, or the state – even if the victim is an individual.
Annual salary$154,000

Who’s Running?

Delonia A Watson
Website: https://deloniawatson4justice.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/deloniawatson4justice
Email: info@deloniawatson4justice.com
Phone: 817-809-6640
Democrat
Mike Wallach (incumbent)
Website: https://www.wallachforjudge.com
Email: mike@wallachforjudge.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mikewallach2020/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/judgewallach
Republican

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Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Delonia A Watson
My breadth of appellate experience makes me the best qualified candidate. I have 35 years of appellate experience as a state and federal prosecutor, and as a defense attorney, including serving as Appellate Chief in the United States Attorney's Office, implementing a district-wide appellate docket and brief bank, and writing practice manuals used throughout the district. I have written hundreds of briefs and presented many oral arguments before various appellate courts. In addition, I believe in innovation and I will bring a fresh set of eyes to the system. I intend to review the process from start to finish, looking for ways to improve efficiency without losing efficacy.
Mike Wallach
2. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Delonia A Watson
My highest priority is ensuring that every litigant is treated fairly while making certain that cases are moved as swiftly through the system as possible. It is imperative that the Court of Appeals not only dispense justice fairly and equitably for each litigant, but the Court must do all that it can to also give the appearance of justice. It is my goal to impact both. I also want to make certain that attorneys from underrepresented backgrounds are given the opportunity to be law clerks and staff attorneys.
Mike Wallach
3. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR JUDICIAL PHILOSOPHY?
Delonia A Watson
I believe in the rule of law and will apply it evenly and consistently in every case. Every litigant deserves a speedy disposition of his or her appeal. I do not believe that any case is minor. It matters to someone.
Mike Wallach
4. WHAT ASPECTS OF THE COURT'S WORK HAVE BEEN IMPACTED BY THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC? ARE THERE ANY CHANGES THAT ARE LIKELY TO BECOME PERMANENT?
Delonia A Watson
Much of the Court's work has been remote for several years -- attorneys access records from the portal and file briefs online. Thus, the Court is still able to function to a great degree, with oral arguments being the notable exception. Court staff can also work remotely. As for oral arguments, I hope that arguments conducted remotely do not become permanent. There are nuances in oral argument that do not translate well electronically.
Mike Wallach
5. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Delonia A Watson
Mike Wallach