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Candidate Profile: Judge Staci Williams for Texas Supreme Court Place

Judge Staci Williams / Photo Credit: Judge Staci Williams Campaign

With over 27 years of legal experience, Judge Staci Williams is running for Texas Supreme Court Place 7 against Republican Jeffrey S. Boyd. Boyd was appointed to the court in 2012 by Governor Rick Perry. Judge Williams won the Democratic primary against Brandy Voss with 65.1% of the vote. She is currently a judge on the Texas 101st District Court and was elected in 2014. 

“Judge Staci was born in Longview, though her family called Marshall, Texas home. Based on the segregated hospitals at the time, she and her twin sister were born 15 miles away from home. Judge Staci went to a segregated school until the 2nd grade, when her school began to integrate. This was during the time of the Civil Rights movement when the news media would capture the horrific acts taken upon Black communities fighting for equality during the backlash of integrating schools based on the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court Case. Judge Staci vividly remembered asking her father ‘Daddy, are the dogs going to get me at school?” 

“Judge Staci and her twin sister would go on to graduate from the top ranked Hockaday School. This all-girls preparatory academy in Dallas prepared its graduates “to assume positions of responsibility and leadership in a rapidly changing world.” Hockaday would reinforce the values her parents, extended family, and communities lived by: scholarship, athletics, character, and courtesy. She was one of three to become the first African-American students to graduate from the school. Continuing her education, Judge Staci would go on to attend Smith College in Northampton, MA where she participated in the rigorous American Economic Association Summer Program at Yale University and later would become a high excelling law graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC.”

“When Judge Staci first announced her campaign in 2014 for the 101st District Court, she was told that she would not receive any endorsements or campaign funds. Nevertheless, Judge Staci was determined. She ran on a concise budget to build her platform. Correspondingly, Judge Staci would win the Democratic primary election for the seat with 62% of the vote and fill the seat the following January. She was re-elected in November 2018 with 63% of the vote.”

“Judge Staci’s legal career brought her to many facets in the law field. In the U.S. Virgin Islands, she served as a Judicial Clerk. She then worked as the in-house counsel for defense, telecommunications, and retail corporations. Judge Staci also served as a trial attorney and an administrative judge for the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Additionally, she counselled for the United States Senate Judiciary Committee and became an arbitrator for entities like Dallas Area Rapid Transit (“DART”) and the United States Postal Service. Furthermore, Judge Staci has served as a Municipal Court Judge for the City of Dallas and as a Civil District Court Judge for Dallas County. Judge Staci’s career of nearly 30 years in the legal system has driven her to run for the Supreme Court Justice for the State of Texas.”

“Outside of the campaign trail and courtroom, Judge Staci still finds a way to bring the court to the community. She founded the Citizen’s Civil Academy (“CCA”), a free nonpartisan program that educates the public about the civil court system. Judge Staci created the CCA after hearing pleas of people not understanding the court proceedings. Many people have exposure to the criminal justice system but are rarely exposed to the civil court system until they are facing a lawsuit. Judge Staci wants to change this phenomenon. The program began in Dallas County and has since expanded to surrounding areas. She aspires for the CCA to eventually become a statewide program.”

Brooke López, Lone Star Parity Project

Judge Williams has been endorsed by the Texas Coalition of Black Democrats, University Democrats, Black Lives Matter Houston, the House GLBT Political Caucus, and more

To learn more about Judge Staci Williams or her campaign, click here

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