County Criminal Court #5
Judge Etta Mullin
Education: BS in Government & Sociology with emphasis in Criminal Justice, Texas Woman’s University 1984; JD from Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University 1990. Admitted to TX Bar 1991
Work History: Juvenile Depts. In Bexar & Dallas County ; Juliette Fowler Homes Youth and Family Services, Dallas; Law Clerk Singleton, Williams & York, Houston, TX; Law Clerk Lyle B. Medlock & Assoc. Dallas; Law Offices of Etta J Mullin for 19 years specializing in Criminal, Appellate & Juvenile law; Presiding Judge County Criminal Court #5 since 2011.
Awards/Certifications: Most efficient Misdemeanor County Criminal Court according to the 2012 Dallas County Criminal Court Judicial Management Report.
Candidate Statement: As the incumbent Presiding Judge of Dallas County Criminal Court No. 5, I am the most qualified candidate with over 23 years of combined judicial and legal experience. During, my first term as Presiding Judge my staff and I have worked extremely hard to run a fair court that is also efficient, innovative, and focused on bringing value and solutions to the community.
In April 2011, we implemented a Young Offenders Program that helps identify and address underlying issues that bring individuals into the criminal justice system. The Young Offenders Program in County Criminal Court No. 5 is proving successful in reducing recidivism and helping young people complete their education and find employment. The Young Offenders program assists participants in obtaining their high school diploma/GED, employment, and job-readiness skills (ie. resume writing, interview techniques and proper interview attire). The Young Offenders Program also addresses substance abuse, and how to handle self-esteem and emotional issues. Each successful participant must create a resume and portfolio, obtain a high school diploma/GED and secure gainful employment. I am proud of the accomplishments my staff and I have rendered during my first term as Presiding Judge of County Criminal Court No. 5, and I look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Dallas County.
Education: Bachelor of Science in International Business, College of Charleston, 2000 Juris Doctorate, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, 2005 Master of Science in Accounting, University of Dallas, 2009 LL.M. (Master of Laws) in Taxation, University of Alabama, 2012; Admitted to TX Bar 2005
Work History: Burleson, Pate & Gibson, L.L.P. (Intern 2004-2005) – Worked on several high-profile criminal trials and criminal appeals as intern including U.S. vs. Elashi terrorism trial. Burleson, Pate & Gibson, L.L.P. (Associate Attorney 2005-2007) – Handled felony and misdemeanor docket including trials, hearings, pleas, and legal research. Dallas Public Defender’s Office (Assistant Public Defender 2007-2013) – Managed large docket including trials, pleas and hearings. Tried dozens of cases from misdemeanors to capital murder and represented over 3,000 clients. Served in four “specialty courts” helping to rehabilitate offenders suffering from mental health and substance abuse issues. Burleson, Pate & Gibson, L.L.P. (Of Counsel – September 2013-Present) – Represent appointed and retained clients facing misdemeanor, felony, white-collar and tax cases. During my time as an attorney, I have never received a state bar grievance or a finding of ineffective assistance. My reputation is impeccable.
Awards/Certifications: Admitted to U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas – 2006 Admitted to U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas – 2013
Candidate Statement: The incumbent has an 11% approval rating which is the lowest in the history of the Dallas Bar Poll. Dallas County deserves better. I will bring great change to County Criminal Court 5 because I have a strong focus on promoting accountability, rehabilitation, education, and compassion. Misdemeanor courts very often have the ability to benefit all parties at the same time, restoring victims, correcting and improving defendants, and protecting Dallas County citizens. Smart and respectful justice in Dallas County benefits everyone. 75% of crime is committed by high school dropouts. This staggering statistic hits close to home for me because I was a high school dropout. Those around me refused to see me fail, and I eventually earned my GED. Many dropouts don’t have the support structure necessary to reengage in education and end up with criminal charges. After I am elected, I will create a specialty court for dropouts facing criminal charges.
Education: St. Mary’s University – Bachelor of Arts in English – 1995 St. Mary’s University School of Law – Joint Degree Master of Arts and Juris Doctorate – 2001 ; Admitted to TX Bar 2001
Work History: Legal Services of North West Texas -Staff Attorney from July 2002 – August 2003 Dallas County Public Defender’s Office – September 2003 – October 2013 – Public Defender Scottie Allen & Associates, Inc. -October 2013 – Present – Attorney
Awards/Certification: The United States District Court for the Northern of Texas – May 30, 2003
Candidate Statement: I stand for justice and fairness, equality and respect in the court room towards all people. I have 11 years experience as a lawyer, 10 years with the Public Defender’s Office in both misdemeanor and felony courts and extensive trial experience. I have 7 years experience practicing in the felony courts representing the mentally ill and those with drug addictions. Join me in helping Dallas County “Go Lisa Green” to keep violent repeat offenders off the streets, help young offenders positively redirect their lives, and get mentally ill and substance dependent offenders the proper assistance they need. Vote Lisa Green!