WOW Dems August General Meeting and Annual Day of Service Events

WOW Dems August General Meeting and Annual Day of Service Events

From Laurie #1WOW Dems Annual Day of Service

Many thanks to all who participated in WOW Dems Day of Service – Blood Drive with Carter BloodCare. It was very successful!

Thirteen people came to donate and 9 donations were collected. Others donated on behalf of WOW Dems near their places of work the day of or day after! We got very close to our donation goal of 15 pints! We really appreciate all of you who donated, tried to donate, sent someone else to donate or will donate in the near future! Many thanks! It’s wonderful to help others in need and a great way to honor our 3 late great volunteers: Lori Dodds, Kelley Van Auken and Janice Bowling.

From Carter BloodCare:

Blood Drive PictureBlood Drive Results:

DEEPEST APPRECIATION FROM ALL OF US AT CARTER BLOODCARE FOR HELPING US SAVE LIVES IN OUR COMMUNITY.

WE SAW 13 DONORS AND DREW 9 WHOLE BLOOD UNITS.YOU HAVE BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN SAVING LIVES OF 27 PATIENTS.

THANK YOU!

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August General Meeting – “Here Comes the Judge”From Laurie #5 FullSizeRender (6)
WOW Dems members and their guests were honored to have 3 prominent Dallas County judges participate on a panel and discuss their background, judicial area, and the importance of women in judicial positions. The three guests were: Judge Dennise Garcia, 303rd Family District Court, Judge Gena Slaughter, 191st Judicial District Court, and Judge Elizabeth Frizell, (WOW Dems member), Criminal District Court 7. These 3 judges represent a broad cross-section of the judicial system covering family, civil, and criminal courts.

Each judge shared her story of how she became interested in seeking a judicial position and the efforts that it took to win her position.

FullSizeRender (7)Judge Dennise Garcia, a family court judge, shared that she deals with family disputes, divorces, and child custody. Many of her witnesses are emotional and she must keeping everyone calm and civil. She was one of the first Democrats to break the Republican stranglehold on the courthouse, being elected in 2004. She has recently decided to run for Justice, Place 7, of the Fifth District Court of Appeals. This is the primary appeals court for cases in Dallas, Collin, Hunt, Grayson, Kaufman and Rockwall counties in North Texas.

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Judge Gena Slaughter, a civil court judge, told how she stresses the importance of having a woman’s perspective on the bench, and also having a life outside of her job. She shared how she once had to decide whether to postpone a trial or bring her sick child to court with her. She chose the latter, and the lawyers, all male, were surprised to see her daughter coloring on the floor beside her that day. However, they were also very grateful that the court date was not postponed. Judge Slaughter has also decided to run for the Fifth District Court of Appeals.

FullSizeRender (8)Judge Elizabeth Frizell, a criminal court judge, shared that as young as age 12, she had wanted to become a lawyer and try cases in court. She sees cases ranging from misdemeanor to death penalty cases in her court. She shared that she believes that diversion programs can help many break the cycle of violence and drugs. Judge Frizell was elected to the court in 2006.

 

 

After each judge spoke about their backgrounds and their particular courts, they took questions from the audience. Some of the questions included concerns about the continued violence against women, the rising fear of extreme restrictions on women and their medical choices, and the grand jury process.

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