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Associate judge gunning for 410th District Court position in Montgomery County

Associate judge gunning for 410th District Court position in Montgomery County - Your Houston News: News
Associate judge gunning for 410th District Court position in Montgomery County
By Jay R. Jordan | Posted: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 8:56 pm

At least one candidate is running for judge of the 410th state District Court, and she wants to give the court some “new blood.”

Jennifer Robin, associate judge for the 418th state District Court under Judge Tracy Gilbert, is running for the 410th seat in the March 2016 Republican primary and plans on bringing new life to the court.

Michael Mayes, who was elected and has served as judge of the 410th state District Court since it was created in 1997, has not announced whether he will seek another term.

Robin said while she does not yet have an opponent, she believes she could run the court efficiently and effectively. She is a strong believer in court specialization and hopes to bring specialization to the 410th like the other district courts. The 410th handles felony criminal cases, civil cases of all types and family cases. Mayes also presides over two adult Substance Abuse Recovery Court programs.

“Right now, all the courts in Montgomery County are specialized except for the 410th,” said Robin, who handles family law cases in the 418th. “I think that’s contributing to inefficiencies. I also feel like I have the work ethic, energy and drive that’s necessary to give litigants and attorneys the opportunity to have access to the courts to move cases forward in an efficient manner.”

Robin said a possible change could be making the 410th a family and civil court, adding that she believes the other four criminal courts – the 9th, 359th, 221st and most recently the 435th – could easily absorb the roughly 14 percent of felony criminal cases the 410th receives.

She was appointed to be the 418th state District Court associate judge and hears an array of family and civil cases from uncontested divorces to jury trials, and says she has no reversals from appellate courts.

“I’m very proud of the work I’ve done as associate judge,” Robin said. “I’m ready to expand on that, and I’m ready to take on greater responsibility. I want to contribute on a greater level to the betterment of this community.”

Robin spent 11 years in private practice in Montgomery County doing family law and five years as a family law mediator. She said she is one of a dozen board-certified family lawyers in the county, saying that will help her take care of the general jurisdiction court.

Since she went from college to private practice to her appointment in the 418th, this is her first run at an elected position.

“This is my home,” said Robin, having lived in Montgomery County her entire life, except for when she attended college and law school. “I love my job, I love Montgomery County. This is where I was raised, and I went to school here.”

Robin lives in the county with her husband Jeremy and twin 6-year-olds Jake and Claire. She graduated from Conroe High School, then earned a bachelor of science at Trinity University and a law degree at St. Mary’s University, both in San Antonio.

Her legal affiliations include: Member, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists; member, The College of the State Bar of Texas; member, State Bar of Texas Family Law Section; member, State Bar of Texas Judicial Section; member and director, Montgomery County Bar Association; and member, The Woodlands Bar Association.

Robin’s community activities include: member, Conroe Noon Lion's Club; member, Faith United Methodist Church (Children's Ministries teacher); member and board member, North Shore Republican Women; associate member, Montgomery County Republican Women; associate member, Lake Conroe Area Republican Women; associate member, The Woodlands Republican Women; and lifetime member, Montgomery County Fair Association (Rodeo Committee).

Pol. adv. paid for by Jennifer Robin Campaign in compliance with the voluntary limits of the Judicial Campaign Fairness Act.
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