Judge Parish switches to GOP in reelection bid
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115th District Judge Lauren Parish announced Thursday she will seek reelection to the bench serving both Upshur and Marion Counties.

Always elected as a Democrat in the past, she is running as a Republican.“It has been my honor and privilege to serve as District Judge of the 115th District Court for the past 19 years,” she said. “When I first ran for this office in 1994, I made a promise to work hard for the people of this district. I have kept that promise and will continue to keep that promise.”

She said that during her time in office she has presided over more than 26,000 civil cases and more than 10,000 criminal cases in District Court.

She also said when the Upshur County Judge was suspended for a time in 2011 due to a pending indictment, she volunteered to take on the County Court Docket, in addition to her regular District Court Docket, and did so for about five months.

“I received no additional compensation for this work,” she said. “In only five months, I disposed of 68 percent of the total dispositions for the entire year, 64 percent of the civil dispositions, and 79 percent of the criminal dispositions. “

She said that during that same 5-month period, she disposed of an additional 759 cases in District Court.

Judge Parish said that since taking office, her court has collected more than $8 million in fines, court costs, restitution and probation fees.

“I am especially proud that the 115th District Court has been collect nearly $2 million as restitution for victims of crime,” the judge said.

She was first elected to the district-wide position in 1994. She ran unopposed in 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010, and is currently in her fifth term as District Judge.

Due to her professional achievements and demonstrated commitment to the betterment of her community, Judge Parish was nominated by her legal peers to serve and was admitted as a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the quality of legal representation for underprivileged citizens. Fellowship in the Texas Bar Association is limited to one-third of one percent of the attorneys in the state, and only those meeting the strictest standards of the profession are chosen to serve.

In 2012, Judge Parish ws chosen by the Texas State Bar President to serve on the State Bar Professionalism Committee, a position she still holds today.

During her tenure as judge, she was chosen as one of 27 judges statewide who received a full scholarship from the Texas Center for the Judiciary to attend the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. She remains a member of that national council. She was also chosen by her peers to serve on the Judicial Legislative Advisory Committee.

Just this month, Judge Parish was certified by the National Judicial College for completion of the course of study for Handling Capital Murder Cases. She is also a graduate of the Texas College for Judicial Studies, and was also chosen by the Texas Center for the Judiciary to serve as faculty for the training program provided for newly elected District Judges in Texas.

She also currently serves on the Judicial Boards for Upshur, Camp, Marion, Morris and Titus Counties.

Judge Parish was appointed bythe Texas Supreme Court and has served on the District One Committee on Admissions, which reviews applicatons for law licenses in Texas. She was also appointed by the Texas State Bar to serve as chairman of the Grievance Committee, which hears and renders decisions regarding attorney misconduct.

She also helped create and served as first chairman of Upshur County Crime Stoppers. In 2003, she received the Community Builder Award from the Masonic Grand Lodge of Texas, and was also named Upshur County Citizen of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce.

Students of all ages have been allowed to visit her courtroom over the last 19 years and observe a working courtroom firsthand. She has also served as a volunteer/mentor at Gilmer Bruce Junior High. The program was designed to promote academic advancement and personal well-being for students.

Before earning her law degree from Baylor, she graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.

After receiving her law degree, she served as a briefing attorney for the 6th Court of Appeals in Texarkana. She returned to Gilmer in 1984, and entered into private practice with her father, the late Welby Parish. She continued in private practice until she was elected District Judge in 1994.

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Calvin Monasco
December 12, 2013
I wish there were some way to keep this woman from running for public office. I believe she is to prone to take up for her friends and put her friendships above the law.