Meet Judge Livia Francis

Education, hard work, and a “Can Do” spirit was instilled in Judge Francis at an early age. Raised by immigrant parents, Judge Francis, the oldest of four children, was shown by example that faith, family and helping others are the cornerstones of one’s life. Judge Francis received her degree in Journalism and Radio/TV/Film from the University of Texas at Austin. She received her Juris Doctor degree from South Texas College Houston.

Career History

While in law school, Judge Francis knew that she wanted to work for a large city District Attorney’s Office. Her passion was to work in the Child Abuse Division and prosecute people who harm children. In 1995, she became an Assistant District Attorney with the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. She worked her way up the ranks and became a Felony Chief eight years later. She prosecuted many cases while in the child abuse division, organized crime division and as a district court chief. Judge Francis’s experience extended beyond the courtroom. She was a legislative liaison for the DA’s office helping craft new laws and closing loopholes in existing laws. Judge Francis supervised law students participating in a Criminal Law Clinic and trained new ADAs as the misdemeanor division chief. As a private attorney, Judge Francis represented indigent clients and volunteered her time for individuals who came through the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program. It was during this time that Judge Francis became much more aware of the rising issue of mental illness within the criminal justice system. Not just the effects on the accused but also their family.

Education, hard work, and a “Can Do” spirit was instilled in Judge Francis at an early age. Raised by immigrant parents, Judge Francis, the oldest of four children, was shown by example that faith, family and helping others are the cornerstones of one’s life. Judge Francis received her degree in Journalism and Radio/TV/Film from the University of Texas at Austin. She received her Juris Doctor degree from South Texas College Houston.

Career History

While in law school, Judge Francis knew that she wanted to work for a large city District Attorney’s Office. Her passion was to work in the Child Abuse Division and prosecute people who harm children. In 1995, she became an Assistant District Attorney with the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. She worked her way up the ranks and became a Felony Chief eight years later. She prosecuted many cases while in the child abuse division, organized crime division and as a district court chief. Judge Francis’s experience extended beyond the courtroom. She was a legislative liaison for the DA’s office helping craft new laws and closing loopholes in existing laws. Judge Francis supervised law students participating in a Criminal Law Clinic and trained new ADAs as the misdemeanor division chief. As a private attorney, Judge Francis represented indigent clients and volunteered her time for individuals who came through the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program. It was during this time that Judge Francis became much more aware of the rising issue of mental illness within the criminal justice system. Not just the effects on the accused but also their family.

Judge Livia discusses key campaign issues on

Kerby Anderson’s “Point Of View” radio show

 

Podcast

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  • Presiding Judge of the 283rd Judicial District Court of Dallas County
  • 23 Years of Criminal Law Experience
  • Lead counsel on over 15,000 criminal cases
  • Felony Chief with the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office
  • Prosecuted child abuse cases and organized crime
  • Division Chief with the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office
  • Legislative Liaison for the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office
  • Represented indigent citizens of Dallas County
  • Former District Judge of Criminal District Court #7
  • Presided over 3,500+ criminal cases
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