Rockwall attorney John Browning has announced that he is running for an open seat on the Fifth Court of Appeals, Place 11 and will be on the ballot in the March 6 Republican primary.
Browning, who has been trying cases and handling appeals for 28 years, points out that he has the most appellate experience in the race – a critical factor for such a court.
“The Fifth Court of Appeals, which hears all the appeals from the courts in Rockwall, Dallas, Collin, Hunt, Kaufman, and Grayson counties, is the largest and busiest appellate court in Texas. It reviews nearly 2,000 new appeals a year, the majority of which are civil cases,” says Browning.
“I have 28 years of appellate experience and my work has even been cited as authority by the Fifth Court and other Texas appellate courts in their decisions. I am ready to do the job from day one, unlike my opponents who have little or no experience with appeals.”
Browning also notes that he has a strong background in legal writing, perhaps the most important part of an appellate justice’s job.
“I’ve written four law books, contributed to eight others, and authored hundreds of published legal articles,” he observes. “I am humbled and grateful to have received the highest awards in Texas and nationally for my legal writing, and in 2015 the Texas Supreme Court appointed me to the Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar, which writes the ethics opinions that govern and guide Texas lawyers.”
“An appellate justice should follow and respect the law, and treat the parties and counsel appearing before him or her fairly and with dignity and respect,” Browning continued. “We don’t need a judge who’s been sanctioned multiple times for judicial misconduct, or who lacks the proper judicial temperament.”
Browning points to his record in this crucial area. “I’ve received the State Bar’s highest awards for my legal ethics and professionalism, including a lifetime achievement award in 2016 for my contributions to legal ethics. I teach ethics for not only lawyers, but judges.”
Browning is also a faculty member of the Texas Center for the Judiciary and the Appellate Judges Educational Institute. Legal ethics was the focus of his latest book.
Browning also points to the slate of endorsements he’s received from state and local conservative organizations.
“Every organization that has made an endorsement in this race has endorsed me,” he notes.
His endorsements include Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, Texas Right to Life, Texans for Lawsuit Reform, Texas Civil Justice League, Texas Home School Coalition, Grassroots America, and many more.
“I’m proud to have such strong and growing support,” Browning said. “I have the qualifications and experience we need on the Fifth Court of Appeals, along with strong conservative values.”
More information about John Browning is available here. Early voting begins Feb. 20, and the primary is March 6.