Kelli Ann Cook, Publisher, The Golden Hammer
The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, endorses Eric Yollick for 457th District Court Judge in the March 3, 2020, Republican Primary Election.
Yollick has been a fearless advocate for reduced government spending, lower taxes, government ethics, and government transparency. As a judicial candidate, he has set aside his conservative Republican political activist role but he remains a conservative Republican in his philosophical outlook.
In evaluating candidates for judicial office, one must examine their qualifications, their ethics, and their commitment to follow the law and not legislate from the bench.
Yollick’s qualifications are far above those of the other candidates seeking the 457th District Judge position. He graduated near the top of his class from St. Mark’s School of Texas in Dallas, one of the best high schools in the United States. He graduate summa cum laude from Princeton University. He graduated from SMU Law School where he was chosen to serve on the law review. Yollick received a Master’s in Military History from Sam Houston State University in 2016 just for fun.
He’s the only candidate in the race who is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He’s an author of the “Texas Pattern Jury Charges.” He has far more experience in jury trials and bench trials than his opponents. Two of his opponents have never tried a civil trial at all, a serious problem since the 457th District Court will be entirely a civil district court and only hear civil cases.
Yollick is a Past President of the Montgomery County Bar Association, a Past State Bar Delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates, and a past State Bar Standing Committee Chairman.
Yollick’s ethics are beyond reproach, even though his political opponents have created all sorts of crazy stories about him. Yollick actually helped write the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct as a member of the State Bar Committee which oversees and writes those rules. While he’s been involved in litigation arising from some of his business activities, that litigation was far tamer than anything our wonderful President, Donald Trump, suffered as well. He’s never had a judgment against him. He’s never been convicted of any crime (other than a speeding ticket).
In all of his political activism and in his legal career as an attorney, a mediator, and an arbitrator, Yollick has always insisted that judges and other government officials follow the law. That’s the sort of “activism” which is good in a judge, an active person who will work hard and follow the law. Nothing in Yollick’s background would suggest that he would be a “judicial activist” in the sense of seeking to change the law as a judge.
Montgomery County voters should cast their ballots for Eric Yollick to become the first Judge of the 457th District Court on March 3, 2020.