Thank you for visiting! I am a 20-year lawyer with more than 600 appeals under my belt. Currently, I serve as a Harris County Public Defender and an adjunct professor of appellate litigation at Texas Southern University. I spent 10 years as a Federal Public Defender, doing trial and appellate work. Before that, I worked at Vinson & Elkins LLP doing complex commercial litigation.
We need justices on the court with criminal defense experience. Currently, there are none.
I am running for the Court of Appeals because I love the law and I am excited about the opportunity to serve my community. I do not believe in accepting money from special interests. This is a people-powered campaign to avoid any appearance of improper influence.
Rather than choosing the winners and losers and interpreting the law to reach that result, I believe in following the law where it leads and reaching a decision based on the plain text of statutes and cases that have been decided. It is important for judges to have criminal law experience as well as civil experience, because the court hears cases from both areas. Extensive experience in appeals, both civil and criminal, public and private, federal and state, are a solid grounding for this work. I enjoy educating and mentoring aspiring lawyers by teaching law school and many continuing legal education courses. My qualifications are listed in detail in the LinkedIn link below. We would love to have your support and involvement in the campaign. We can't do it without you!
-Sarah Beth Landau