Thursday, August 27, 2009
"If I am fortunate enough to have the honor of being elected into office (in November 2010) I promise to dedicate myself to serving the citizens of Hays County in a manner that would have made Judge Warner proud."
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Anna Martinez Boling, who has a law and mediation practice in San Marcos and formerly served as chair of the Hays County Democratic Party, was appointed this morning as judge of County Court at Law #1.
Mrs. Boling will be sworn in at the county courthouse and assume the judgeship on Sept. 21. She replaces long time Judge Howard Warner, who passed away last month.
The appointment came on a 4-t0-1 vote by county commissioners court. County Judge Liz Sumter made the motion to appoint Boling. Pct. 3 Commissioner Will Conley cast the lone dissenting vote.
Six other candidates were vying for the position, all attorneys.
According to her professional vitae, Boling's law practice in San Marcos, since 1998, has included work in criminal felony and misdemeanor defense, family law, guardianship, will and probate, mediation and general civil. She also served as an assistant district attorney prosecuting criminal misdemeanor cases in county courts in El Paso County. She will be hearing similar cases as a Hays County court at law judge.
Boling received her law degree from St. Mary's University in 1994. She is a member of the Texas Bar Association, and served on the board of the Hays County Bar Association from 1999 to 2008.
"I felt that throughout this entire (selection) process that my resume, and yes my experience, qualified me for this job," Boling said of her appointment. "I've worked both sides as a prosecutor and a criminal defense lawyer. I think I have the best experience, personally. What put me over, as well, was all my work in the community."
Among other activities such as victims' rights advocacy, Boling has been a key supporter of the Hays Caldwell Women's Center. She is currently assisting, along with her husband, with landscaping at the center's new facility.
"These (county court at law) judges work very hard," said Boling. "I feel they have had impeccable judgment and been very fair. As far as ethics and fairness, I have no doubt the judges have exercised fair and just methods."
She added, "Judge Warner was one-of-a-kind and is sorely missed. I could not begin to fill his shoes. If I am fortunate enough to have the honor of being elected into office (in November 2010) I promise to dedicate myself to serving the citizens of Hays County in a manner that would have made Judge Warner proud."
On a humorous note, the RoundUp asked whether we should be concerned about having two women presiding over our county courts at law. Linda Rodriguez is the long serving judge of County Court at Law #2. "Not at all, we have four men in district court," Boling quipped. "Should we be concerned about that?"
Posted by RoundUp Editor at 1:02 PM