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Friday, September 27 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Jurist Prudence

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Is there a sensible way to reform how we select judges?

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Emma Platoff

Justice and Politics Reporter at The Texas Tribune
Platoff is a justice and politics reporter for The Texas Tribune. She is the former managing editor of the Yale Daily News and a former intern at The Philadelphia Inquirer and Hartford Courant. Platoff is a graduate of Yale University.

Speakers
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Nathan Hecht

Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court
Hecht was appointed chief justice by then-Gov. Rick Perry in 2013. First elected to the state’s high court in 1988, he is the longest-serving Texas Supreme Court member in history. In this role, Hecht has led the court’s efforts to ensure Texans have access to basic civil legal... Read More →
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Jeff Leach

State Representative
Leach, R-Plano, has represented House District 67 since 2013. He serves as chair of the House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee and sits on the Pensions, Investments & Financial Services and Redistricting committees. He also serves on the board of trustees for Houston Baptist... Read More →
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Ina Minjarez

State Representative
Minjarez, D-San Antonio, has represented House District 124 since a 2015 special election. She sits on the House Appropriations, Land & Resource Management and Redistricting committees. She was also appointed by San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg as a community representative to the... Read More →
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Latosha Lewis Payne

Judge of the 55th Civil Judicial District
Payne was elected as a civil district judge in Harris County in 2018. She has been a civil trial lawyer for nearly 18 years and is a co-founding partner of Trahan Kornegay Payne LLP. Previously, she worked as a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP. Payne is a board member and past... Read More →


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