ENNIS — Judge Joyce W. Lindauer has filed to seek election as Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1 when her current term expires at the end of 2018. Precinct 1 includes much of Ennis, Ferris, Garrett, Palmer, Bristol, Rocket and Alma, and parts of Waxahachie and Red Oak.
Judge Lindauer was appointed by the Ellis County Commissioners Court to fill out the term of Judge Bill Woody when he retired earlier this year. Announcing the appointment, County Judge Carol Bush focused upon Judge Lindauer’s 33 years serving as a licensed attorney, with law offices in both Dallas and Ennis.
“We think the wealth of experience Ms. Lindauer offers, combined with her ongoing deep commitment to the area which she will serve, makes her an outstanding choice for the position,” stated Bush at the time.
In addition to her law degree from SMU, Judge Lindauer holds a bachelor degree from Texas Tech University, a master degree from North Texas State University (UNT), and a further master's degree in Dispute Resolution from SMU.
As a practicing attorney, she has taken continuing legal education programs for each of the past 33 years.
Judge Lindauer recalls, “My 17-year-old father went straight into the Merchant Marine. When he came home from the war, he married my mother and started a family. While my parents were not able to attend college, they impressed upon my sister, brother and me the importance of hard work and a good education.”
Judge Lindauer currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Ennis Public Theater and a condominium association in Dallas and is a new member of the Lions Club. She has previously served on the board of the Greater Ennis Development Alliance and Ennis Main Street, as an adjunct professor at Texas Wesleyan School of Law, and as a Chapter 7 Trustee for the Federal Bankruptcy Court.
Since her appointment as Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace, Judge Lindauer has initiated the movement of Ennis ISD truancy cases from western Ellis County to the Ennis Sub-Courthouse. She believes the move has made difficult situations for these students’ families a little more comfortable by eliminating the need for them to appear in court on the opposite side of the county.
Judge Lindauer is the proud mother of a veterinarian and a registered nurse and resides with her husband of 33 years on a small ranch in eastern Ellis County.
Election Day for the primary campaign is March 6, 2018.