Jack W. Marr, who specializes in family law, announced his candidacy Thursday as a Republican candidate for judge of the 24th Judicial District. The judicial district includes six counties - Victoria, Calhoun, Jackson, DeWitt, Goliad and Refugio.
Joseph P. Kelly, the current judge, is resigning from the court that oversees five counties.
Marr said family law cases - his expertise - comprise more than 50 percent of the 24th Judicial District's docket each week, and district court judges devote about 80 percent of their time to litigating these cases.
"I am better able to understand the issues of their cases and make an intelligent decision that will serve not only the adults, but the children of the marriage," Marr said. "Children are important. Children are too often the injured parties in the divorce."
Marr was certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in family law in 1983, and he is currently a partner at Marr, Meier & Bradicich L.L.P.
He has handled more than 2,000 cases concerning corporations, probation, guardianship and family law in Victoria, DeWitt, Calhoun, Jackson, Goliad, Refugio and other counties, but he primarily practices family law.
"We do not have a district judge who previously practiced family law," Marr said. "I've been involved in family law not just as a practitioner, but on a statewide level."
Marr has served as the president of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists and the Texas Family Law Foundation.
As the chairman of the Legislative Committee of the family law section of the State Bar of Texas, Marr regularly testifies before the state Legislature.
He has also authored and presented more than 60 legal articles for legal education seminars for attorneys presented by the State Bar of Texas, The University of Texas, South Texas College of Law, University of Houston School of Law and the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists.
He was awarded the Dan R. Price award in 1996 and the Sam Emmison Award in 2007 for his contributions to family law in Texas, and recognized by Texas Monthly Magazine as a "super lawyer" for five years.
Marr graduated with a bachelor's in business administration from Texas Tech and received a doctorate of jurisprudence from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1974.
He was licensed to practice law in 1974 and worked as a briefing attorney for the 13th Court of Appeals in Corpus Christi for a year.
Marr and his wifeof 40 years, Sharon, relocated to Victoria, where he began practicing family law in 1975.
Their two sons and four grandchildren live in Victoria. Justin Marr serves as a sergeant at the Victoria County Sheriffs Office, and Dallas Marr is a commercial refrigeration technician.
"I think voters need to be aware of the hands-on experience - not just my training, but in that 35 years of experience - that will make me a good judge," Marr said. "If voters compare the credentials I possess to the credentials of other candidates, it's a very clear choice in my favor."
Corrected on Dec. 3: Jack W. Marr, who is seeking the Republican nomination for 24th district judge, received his doctorate from Texas Tech University School of Law. The judicial district includes six counties – Victoria, Calhoun, Jackson, DeWitt, Goliad and Refugio. This information was incorrect in a story on Page B3 Friday.