Campaign 2020: Michael Landrum for Judge of the 164th Court
I am Michael Landrum and I am running for election to continue serving Texas as judge of Harris County’s 164th District Court. Governor Greg Abbott appointed me to serve in this court for the remainder of the year following the resignation of the previous judge. I need your help in the November election so that I can continue to preside in this important court for a full term.
From 2013 to 2018, I was honored to serve Texas as Judge of the 113th Civil District Court. George Washington called our Judicial Branch the firmest pillar of government, and I am grateful that I have been able to serve our courts. I look forward to keep serving because I agree that our “third branch of government” has a crucial role in preserving our nation’s liberties; they do that one case at a time. I take pride in the fact that, during my previous service, the members of the Houston Bar Association rated me among the best civil district judges in Harris County. That evaluation considers the important attributes of an outstanding judge:
- legal knowledge;
- thorough preparation;
- ethics and
Civil Court Judges Matter to You
You and your family are more likely to be directly affected by the ruling of a judge than by the action of any other elected official. Our civil courts hear disputes that touch almost every aspect of our interactions with each other, family matters and probate. Disputes involving land, debt, injury, contracts, employment, tax, leases, defamation, construction and all types of business matters are heard in our civil district courts, including the 164th.
"One Case At A Time"
That simple phrase was guidance to me each time I donned my judge’s robe and entered the courtroom. It reminds me of a simple principle: while some cases may seem small or of little importance compared with others, every case is of great importance to the parties involved. Every one of the cases on file in my court is entitled to be treated as if it is the only matter in court when it is called before the bench.
A judge’s role in jurisprudence is a small one. No single decision will likely affect the ebb and flow of society in any grand sense. A judge’s work does, however, affect people in ways that can be substantial. If I am a careful steward of my responsibilities in court, the cause of justice is served, and our republic will remain stronger for it.
There is no such thing as a small or unimportant case. To those involved, the outcome in any case could be life-changing. I am committed to making sure that all parties are afforded a fair opportunity to be heard and that the laws enacted by our Legislature are applied in each case. I am committed to assuring complete impartiality in deciding matters without regard to partisan interests, media coverage or other outside influence; and, that all parties are allowed a fair opportunity to present evidence and argument in support of positions taken in good faith.
I can help reduce the cost of lawsuits by being thoroughly prepared by reading filed materials and being familiar with the law applicable in each instance coming before the court and making prompt rulings on matters before me. I have demonstrated that I know how to conduct court proceedings with patience and dignity, while treating witnesses, jurors, attorneys and litigants with respect and courtesy. I pledge to do that every day, if elected.
“I consider the trial by jury as the only anchor yet imagined by man by which a government is held to the principles of its constitution.” – Thomas Jefferson
Those who respond to a summons for jury duty make a meaningful sacrifice. Jury service necessarily conflicts with the many other important things we have going on in our lives. I remain committed to making certain that jurors’ valuable time is respected. This means that, as judge, I must be punctual and work hard to cut unnecessary waiting time for jurors.
Best Qualified – Most Experience
It’s critical that we have the best qualified women and men on the bench. As an attorney, I have been certified as a specialist in the practice areas of Civil Trial Law and Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. My proven real-world experience gained during many years of practice equip me well to serve you as a judge.
In Harris County, there will be many important races in the November 2020 election. Please do not forget those of us “down ballot” in judicial, legislative and local area contests.
I ask for your vote and request that you ask family and friends to keep Michael Landrum, Judge of the 164th Civil District Court in the 2020 November general election.
I look forward to continue serving you as judge in the 164th Civil District Court.