Keep Judge David Junkin
Fair. Balanced. Innovative.
Judge David Junkin believes in using the law and common sense to guide his judgements. He will not legislate from the bench.
About Judge David Junkin
I was born in Mount Pleasant, Texas on July 4, 1961 and grew up in San Marcos and Kerrville, Texas. I have been a resident of Hays County for more than 30 years – and have lived in Wimberley for more than 20 years. Two of my three children and all four of my grandchildren live, work and/or go to school in Hays County.
I graduated from Tivy High School in Kerrville and from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science (with honors) in Range Science/Rangeland Management. I went to work for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (“USFWS”) full time in 1985. To become a Refuge Officer, I attended the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, GA and was certified as a peace officer in 1986. I was also a “Red Card” wildland firefighter with S130, S190, and first aid certifications, was certified in Basic Fire Management, an d received the USFWS Special Achievement Award.
I enjoyed law enforcement and I left the USFWS to attend law school at the University of Houston in 1988 with the idea of ultimately working in law enforcement full time. While in law school, I worked as a law clerk for a civil law firm (at that time Scott, Douglass & Luton) in Houston. While still in law school and clerking, I got my “3rd Year Bar Card” and began practicing law in July of 1990.
While at UH, I was named the Special Research editor for the UH Law Review; was a member of the Order of the Barons, a member of the UH Advocates, received the American Jurisprudence Award in Criminal Procedure, received the Certificate of Merit for outstanding achievement in legal research, and was named to Who’s Who Among American Law Students.
I graduated from law school in May 1991 and was licensed in November of 1991. I became a partner with the firm in January of 1995 and transferred to the Austin office of the firm in 1996. I left the firm in early 2002 to start my own office in Wimberley, Texas, primarily doing civil litigation until I closed my office in late 2018 when Governor Abbott appointed me to the new 453rd State Judicial District Court for Hays County.
For over 28 years, my practice has been a diverse civil litigation practice that included representing both plaintiffs and defendants as lead counsel in litigating in a wide variety of practice areas including, but not limited to:
General Civil Litigation
Property Owner Association Issues
Consumer Law (Business and Personal)
Oil and Gas
Labor and Employment
Bankruptcy (adversary proceedings)
My experience includes conducting bench and jury trials in state and federal courts, presenting contested motions and conducting hearings, preparing witnesses (expert and fact), conducting depositions, preparing and responding to discovery requests, preparing and responding to motions for summary judgment, participating in mediations, conducting client interviews, negotiating settlements, conducting legal research, forming non-profit corporations, drafting contracts, legal research and writing, preparing motions, preparing discovery requests and responses, conducting venue research, and reviewing, drafting, and negotiating contracts.
I was also admitted to practice in federal courts in the Western, Northern, and Southern Districts of Texas. I am a trained civil and family law mediator.
Why Keep Judge Junkin
I am by far the most qualified candidate in this race when it comes to civil and family cases. The 453rd State District Court is, by statute, a general jurisdiction court — meaning it has jurisdiction over civil cases, family law cases, and felony criminal cases. While the problem is not unique to Hays County, civil and family filings continue to increase and the backlog of those cases continues to grow. For the last several years, approximately two-thirds of the cases filed in Hays County were civil or family law cases. And in 2018, more than 85% of the cases carried over to 2019 were civil or family cases.
Before I took the bench, the backlog of civil and family law cases had continued to grow each year and justice was effectively being denied to thousands of civil litigants. Since I have taken the bench, just in the first 10 months I have been personally responsible for resolving several hundred civil cases and have been instrumental in getting hundreds more cases lined up for other judges to do the same. My background makes me uniquely qualified to directly address the growing number of pending civil and family law cases at a time when Hays County needs it the most.
But I am not ignoring the remaining one-third of cases filed in Hays County. Before I came on the bench, the existing courts were already addressing the backlog of criminal cases. Since I have been on the bench, we have implemented additional dynamic new procedures aimed at speeding up the process of resolving criminal cases. As a result of my unique perspective, I have started new procedures to more clearly identify expectations for timely resolution of cases. As a result, criminal cases, particularly those waiting for trial, are now being addressed at an unprecedented rate. In the first 10 months, I personally presided over hundreds of criminal cases and more than a dozen criminal jury trials.
I am also proud to say that since I have been on the bench, your district courts in Hays County have taken significant steps towards improving the criminal justice system in Hays County. We helped Hays County achieve grants for giving criminal defendants access to an immigration attorney in order to advise non-resident defendants on the immigration consequences of their pleas, if any, in compliance with United State Supreme Court rulings. We have also helped get grants for an indigent defense coordinator and to help create a magistrate’s office which will be in place soon. Each of these will allow us to protect fundamental rights and make the process more efficient.
I have also been named as the district judges’ representative to the Bail Bond Board and have been able to serve as an alternate to the Hays County Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee. I have personally taken the lead on the use of and improving the available technology to make the courtroom processes more efficient. For example, the screens/monitors in the common areas outside of the courtrooms are now functioning providing vital courtroom information.
As your judge, I intend to respect the constitutional boundaries between the Judicial, Executive and Legislative branches of the government – I will not legislate from the bench or allow policy, other than as reflected in the law, to drive my decisions. I will not make rulings for political gain. I am not a politician and, other than non-partisan school board elections, I have never run for office before. However, I do recognize that I cannot continue the progress I have made so far without your help. I know what folks think of political promises, but I hope you can see from the foregoing I am significantly improving the justice system for all Hays County litigants and I can promise you that nobody will work harder than I do as your judge.
Teresa, my family, and I thank you for your support.
Judge David Junkin
Will Not Legislate From The Bench
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