1. Who are you, and what are you running for?
My name is Glenn Devlin and I am running for Judge of the 313th District Court. I have the good fortune of coming from a long line of family jurist. My uncle served on the Texas Supreme Court, Chief Justice – 4th Court of Appeals, San Antonio, Texas, was a State District Judge in San Antonio and was also the Dean at Baylor College of Law. My grandfather was a State District Judge in San Antonio and Jourdanton, Texas. My grandfather helped me at a very early age to appreciate the unique role a judge can play in the community.
I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas and served in the Air Force. I was honorably discharged in 1974 and graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1976 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. I returned to Texas and attended South Texas College of Law where I graduated in 1980. I have lived in Houston and practiced law for over 30 years in the juvenile system in Harris County, Texas.
I have been married to my wife, Nancy, for 28 years. We have 3 children, 2 of which are in college and one is a senior at Memorial High School. I have experienced the joys of parenthood together with the challenges and can say that it is a privilege and a joy to mold a young life in a positive way.
2. What kind of cases does this court hear?
This court hears juvenile cases and CPS cases.
3. Why are you running for this particular bench?
I want to make a difference in the lives of children that come to juvenile court. I have practiced law in the juvenile courts for over 30 years and currently sit as a visiting associate judge in the 313th and 315th District Courts. This experience has given me the unique perspective of working with children from both sides of the bench.
4. What are your qualifications for this job?
In addition to being a husband, father of three (two teenage boys and a 21 year old daughter), coach, mentor, veteran and a lawyer, I have practiced CPS and Juvenile law for over 30 years. I sit as an associate judge in the 313th and 315th Juvenile District Courts. I have tried literally 100’s of cases and I am one of only a few “A” rated lawyers practicing in Juvenile court. I, therefore, see the perspective of court from both sides of the bench.
5. Why is this race important?
The Juvenile courts are vital in our community because they involve children and affect the lives of children. In addition, the juvenile court is the first opportunity to not only improve the lives of children, but to make the necessary changes for the child so that he or she does not enter the adult system.
6. Why should people vote for you in November?
I am the candidate with the most experience in the juvenile courts. I have ideas that I will implement to improve not only the system at the juvenile justice center, but the lives of the kids in the system. For example, my “Leadership Friday” court, my expansion of the mentor system and lastly, the “Adopt a Family” program in CPS cases are all designed to help stop the recidivism that we currently see in the juvenile system.