On Election Night, Harris County voters sent a clear message to the Judges of the Family Courts.
Remember the victims in divorce cases. Remember the children whose lives are turned upside down. They are more important than the lawyer’s invoices.
Democrats swept the judicial races, but the margins were especially noticeable for 308th District Judge James Lombardino. His failures to disclose conflicts of interests with some family lawyers was unforgivable.
Melanie Flowers was rejected as a Judge in the 257 th District Court. In the days before the election, her role in a contentious Houston divorce case came under fire.
A credit union called for an investigation of Flowers after they busted her using a high priced luxury car she was allowed to hold onto by Lombardino’s court only as collateral.
Victims of Family Injustice have turned to Dolcefino Consulting to launch investigations at the courthouse to level the playing field, expose conflicts of interest, question relationships that tilt the scale of justice.
In the final weeks, before they turn in their robes, some of these departing Judges can do a lot of damage, providing favors to the lawyers they may seek jobs from or cases to sustain them in their next chapter.
We will be watching. We will also be watching to see what lawyers funded the Judges coming on to the bench.
This is a time to finish the clean-up, to end the stain. Sadly, the conduct of the last few years may convince others they can find another weak judicial link. We stand ready to help our clients expose that too.
Tuesday’s election proved something else. We should not elect Judges on a partisan basis.
We lost some good honest, ethical Judges last night.
Judge David Farr comes to mind. A Family District Court Judge who had called out lawyer misconduct. He shouldn’t lose an election because he is an R or a D. It happens too often.
Tell your legislators we need to end the partisan election of Judges. We need to find the best legal and ethical minds to be the arbitrators of justice in our courts.
The victims of Family Injustice deserve it.
A Houston credit union is calling for an investigation into a candidate for Family District Court Judge.
The election eve controversy swirls around attorney Melanie Flowers, running for Judge in the 257th Family District Court in Harris County.
Flowers was allowed to hold on to an expensive Land Rover as collateral to make sure she got her pricey legal fees paid from a divorce case in Judge James Lombardino’s court.
Here’s the problem. She got busted driving the car around.
The Baylor College of Medicine Federal Credit Union financed the car and fought hard to get the vehicle back – keeping it out of Flowers’ hands. After the court denied their request to give the car back to the lienholder, the credit union was able to track the car with GPS and uncovered Melanie Flowers was using the Land Rover for her own personal use. She drove it 1200 miles in just one month!
The credit union even tailed Flowers and got some damaging pictures of Flowers in the luxury SUV trying to hide her face from the investigator.
“If she didn’t do anything wrong then why is she covering her face?” said Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting, “Voters need to send a message next Tuesday that this conduct is unacceptable.”
Flowers claimed she only drove the car to try and find someone to buy it, but the pictures and the GPS prove otherwise. Flowers filed a motion to get out of the case the same day the credit union filed a motion in court to show the Judge the pictures.
Early voting starts today in Harris County and there are some things Dolcefino Consulting wants you to remember before you head out to the polls.
On the ballot after the congressional and gubernatorial races, there are judicial races – a lot of them.
You can go to www.dolcefino.com\family and view the campaign finance reports on each and every sitting Harris County Family District Court Judge.
Take a look and see which attorneys are backing certain judges. Seeing who’s lining the pockets of judges may help you decide who to vote for or not vote for.
Before heading to the polls make sure you are fully informed and know as much as possible about the candidates that are asking for your vote. Take a look at our Family Injustice Investigation and see who deserves your vote, because there are some family judges who clearly don’t.
Head over to the Houston Bar Association’s website and look at the 2018 Judicial Preference Poll and the 2017 Judicial Evaluation Questionnaire Results. The poll is conducted in election years and the judicial evaluation questionnaire is conducted in non-election years. The poll and the questionnaire are an educational service to the public and the legal profession, provided by the Houston Bar Association. (Find the evaluation here and the preference poll here.)
Don’t forget to go to www.dolcefino.com\family and check out the campaign finance forms to see who’s behind the money.
How many more days can Mary Van Orman avoid Montgomery County Judge Tracy Gilbert?
Judge Gilbert wants to see Van Orman in his courtroom. She has yet to show up. Guess she’s scared?
If you are keeping up with the bizarre world of Ms. Van Orman you know Dolcefino Consulting has frequent installments about Van Orman and her growing list of problems. It’s becoming one of of favorite courthouse reality shows.
Back in September, Judge Gilbert issued a warrant to arrest Van Orman for not showing up in his court. Van Orman was supposed to be in court explaining to Judge Gilbert why she ignored his court order.
Earlier this summer Judge Gilbert ordered sanctions against Van Orman’s bizarre behavior toward lawyer Katherine Bihm. That behavior included things like name calling, shouting insults at Bihm from across a crowded Conroe restaurant, and attempting to physically shove Bihm in another courtroom.
Van Orman was required to write a check and an apology and take a class. She decided not to listen.
Last week, more than three months after it was due, Van Orman finally wrote her apology letter. The instructions were clear – write an apology to Bihm “detailing and acknowledging any and all actions and/or inactions of unprofessional conduct.”
Mary? She did quite the contrary.
Van Orman’s apology leaves a lot to be desired – mostly the apology part. The letter is a rambling cornucopia of excuses for Van Orman’s unprofessional behavior and a lecture for Bihm about how easy her life is compared to Van Orman’s.
Van Orman goes on to say, “Conduct which denigrates the public perception of lawyers in our society and especially female attorneys in our society is unacceptable.”
We agree Mary. So why do you keep doing it?