Democrat for Justice,
5th District Court of
Appeals, Place 12



(Endorsed by the nonpartisan Committee
for a Qualified Judiciary)


General Election - November 6, 2012

Lawrence Praeger will appear on your ballot for 5th District Court of Appeals, Place 12, if you are registered to vote in Dallas, Collin, Rockwall, Grayson, Kaufman or Hunt counties.


Why the 5th District Court of Appeals Matters to You

Dear Citizens,

Our legal system relies on appellate courts to review the findings of trial courts and ensure the fairness of trials. Appellate courts are critical because they provide a course of action when it appears a miscarriage of justice has occurred.

Jurisdiction of the 5th District Court of Appeals:

The 5th District Court of Appeals in Dallas, Texas, handles appeals for all types of civil, family and criminal cases in a multi-county area that includes Dallas, Collin, Rockwall, Grayson, Kaufman and Hunt counties. If you ever have need of an appeal in one of these counties, the 5th District Court of Appeals would review your case.

Why this Court Lacks Diversity and Balance:

Given the importance of the 5th District Court of Appeals, I believe it is time for a change. This court needs fresh thinking and improved balance. Few, if any, of the 13 Justices have the perspective gained from over 25 years representing individuals and small businesses.

Clearly, a court that covers a multi-county area as politically, economically and socially diverse as North Texas ought to have greater diversity in its make-up.

Why My Credentials are More Appropriate for this Court than My Opponent's:

The purpose of the Court of Appeals is to determine whether the civil and criminal trials conducted in the six-county area were fair and impartial. An effective Justice must have an understanding of trials, how they work and how they affect individuals and businesses. The candidate with the greatest understanding of civil and criminal trials and their impact on individuals is the best choice.

The experience of the current Republican Justice in Place 12, Robert Fillmore, is limited to working with a large downtown law firm representing utility companies and lobbying on their behalf.

I have a very different background. In addition to my experience in civil and criminal law, both as a former prosecutor and a defense attorney, I am Board Certified in Family Law, and I have served five years on the Grievance Committee, as well as operated my own practice for twenty years.

Appellate Courts are critical to maintaining the quality of justice an individual receives. I have the perspective of a lawyer who has participated in trials where what was at stake was someone's freedom, money or possession of their children. I am in a good position to determine whether or not these trials have been conducted fairly. I will bring practical courtroom experience to the Appellate bench that my opponent cannot match.

More information about me is below.

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I appreciate your time and consideration and I ask for your vote. Together I know we can bring much needed change to our 5th District Court of Appeals


Lawrence Praeger
Democrat for Justice
5th District Court of Appeals, Place 12


- Simon's Rock College, Great Barrington, Mass., B.A., 1976
- South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, J.D., 1981
- Assistant County Attorney, 1982-1985 (prosecutor)
- Tried first DWI case using videotaped evidence to a jury in Bell County
- Extensive trial experience before judges and juries, all levels of misdemeanors
- Handled mental illness commitments; termination of parental rights cases; juvenile delinquency matters (misdemeanors and felonies)
- Obtained basic certificate in law enforcement
- Obtained certificate of career prosecutor from the University of Houston
- Opened office in 1988; general civil and criminal practice; handled personal injury small estate wills, family law, and criminal defense
- Was co-counsel and argued before the Texas Supreme Court on Theresa Black v. Dallas County Child Welfare Services, 835 S.W.2nd 626 (Tex. 1992)
- Also argued before the United States Court of Appeals 5th Circuit in New Orleans, the case of U.S. v. Haga, 821 F.2nd 1036 (5th Cir. 1987)
- Board certified in Family Law in 1992, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
- Volunteered five years on the District 6 Grievance Committee, State Bar of Texas
- Volunteer Associate Judge, Dallas County Family Courts