October 20, 2011 – Shipman Announces Campaign for 16th District Court

Denton, Texas—Denton attorney and Republican leader, Sherry Shipman announced today that she would be a candidate for the 16th District Court in Denton County. Shipman is seeking her party’s nomination in the March 6thRepublican Primary.

Shipman, a former criminal prosecutor, says that she will not only bring strong legal qualifications and experience to the 16th District Court—but she will also bring a proven track record as a conservative leader

“The 16th District Court is an active trial court with general jurisdiction over criminal, civil and family law cases. This court is a busy trial court with a full docket that needs to be filled with a capable and experienced courtroom attorney,” Shipman said.

For the past twelve years, Shipman’s legal career has been devoted to courtroom practice. She worked for one of the most prestigious law firms in Fort Worth in their civil litigation section and was later a criminal prosecutor in Denton County representing the State of Texas against criminal defendants in over 65 jury trials.

As a prosecutor, she also tried jury trials under the Family Code to terminate parental rights in circumstances where children had been severely abused and neglected.  For the past seven years, she has been in private law practice obtaining successful results in her civil litigation practice in the areas of employment law, oil and gas, and in business disputes. For the past four and a half years, she has owned and operated her own law firm with a law partner and has been actively engaged in running the day-to-day operations of a busy law firm and practicing law.

Shipman said the 16th District Court needs a judge who has proven trial experience in criminal, civil and family law cases.

“The 16th District Court needs a solidly conservative judge who will protect our values and our freedoms,” Shipman said. “A judge should follow the law—not make law. As a conservative judge and a strict constructionist, I will not hear a case and attempt to manipulate the outcome, but will listen to the facts and apply the law fairly,” she added.

Sherry Shipman is a graduate of Texas Wesleyan School of Law with honors where she was the Law Review Articles Editor.  Law Review honors membership is only available to the top 15% of a law school class.  She was selected as the top oral advocate in the school’s moot Court Competition and she received the highest grade in her law school class in Family Law and second highest in Civil Procedure.  Before graduation, she received job offers from two of the most prestigious law firms in Fort Worth.  She received a third-year practice bar card allowing her to practice law before even taking the bar exam.

Shipman is a long-time resident of Denton County and a graduate of the University of North Texas.  She is a sustaining member of Denton Benefit League and a member of The Arts Guild.  She is a 2005 graduate of Leadership Denton.  She has been an active leader in Denton County Republican politics for over twenty years. She has been a member of the Denton Republican Women’s Club since 1993 and has served as the club’s Historian. She has been both an Election Judge and Clerk and been elected as a Delegate to six Republican State Conventions, including the 2010 state convention where she served as the Senate District 12 Floor Leader. She has been an elected Denton County Republican Precinct Chair in precincts 118 and 126 and has served as a delegate to numerous Senate District 12 Conventions, including in 2010 when she was appointed Chair of the convention. She is a member of the Denton County Lincoln Cabinet and has served as a volunteer for the Denton Republican Party Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner since 1993.

Shipman has appointed her mother, Earnestine Lewis, as her campaign treasurer.  Shipman said, “I was told I needed someone important to be my campaign treasurer and I thought who could be more important than my mother?  She still lives in the house where I grew up and prays for me every day of my life.  She has always taught me to dream big, but remember that God is who I answer to at the end of the day and she will remind me of that if I forget.  Everyone needs someone like that in their life.”  Sherry Shipman has been married to L. Dee Shipman for over 18 years and they reside in Denton.

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