Amy McCorkle Smith has announced she will seek reelection as Hopkins County Court at Law judge in the March 4 Republican primary election.
“While the political affiliation of a judge has little to do with one's performance on the bench, our political system aligns judicial candidates with a political party,” Smith said. “I, like so many Hopkins County residents, have come to realize that our Hopkins County Republican Party reflects the values I have applied on the bench since 1996.”
Smith has presided over thousands of family law cases, as well as criminal misdemeanors, probate, guardianships and appellate review of Justice of the Peace cases. The court has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court for civil cases where the amount in controversy is up to $200,000 and felony cases not involving a jury trial.
She has amassed several hundred hours of judicial education, served on the curriculum committee for judiciary which shapes the course studies for Texas Judges, and recently has been asked by the administrative judge of the region to be a part of insuring access to courtroom interpreters.
In 2006, Smith received the presidential commendation for being one of the first judges to complete the Texas College of Judicial Studies, which raised the standards for judicial excellence throughout the state.
She has one son, Jordan Smith, who is an attorney in San Antonio with the firm of Jackson Walker L.L.P.,
“He and his wife, Lauren, have given me Web, my first grandchild,” Smith said. “It's amazing the effect and impact a grandchild can have on us. Strangely, seeing the world my grandson will be raised in has made me more determined than ever to ensure that the judicial branch of government in which I have been privileged to serve will be attentive and fair to all.”
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