Put Claire’s Qualifications and Experience to Work for You!
Foremost, she is a mother, wife and daughter. She and her husband, John, are the proud parents of two daughters—Grace, age 6, and Isla Rose, age 5 months. Grace attends 1st grade and enjoys reading, dancing and being a helpful big sister. Isla Rose is exploring eating solid foods and working on sitting up…all while being adorable. In fact, Claire declared her candidacy while 30 weeks pregnant and she brought Isla, who was 8 days old, with her to vote in the 2018 primary at Grace’s school. Her husband, John Wisinger, received his bachelor and master’s degree from Texas A&M University in Electrical Engineering and he works at Halliburton as an Engineering Manager. Also, making up their household are two rescue dogs, Lola and Louis.
Claire is a native-born Texan and graduated in the second graduating class from The Woodlands High School. There she was on the debate team and was a member of the National Honor Society and graduated with the academic distinction of being magna cum laude.
Claire graduated from Trinity University-San Antonio with a B.S. in Business Administration and a minor in Psychology. During her Junior year, Claire did a study aboard program through Boston University. While living and studying in London, Claire interned with one of Europe’s largest public relation firms.
Claire obtained her Juris Doctorate Degree from New York Law School located in New York City. After her first year of law school, Claire interned Washington, DC, where she called on our congressional representatives on Capitol Hill seeking equal pay for women. During her second and third year of law school Claire worked in the Public Advocates office for New York City. This office is the second highest elected office in the New York City government. She worked directly under the supervision of the General Counsel where she assisted drafting policies dealing with education, women’s issues, child-welfare, affordable housing, and senior citizen’s issues.
Upon receiving her law degree, Claire returned to Texas where she served as the Assistant Director of Development for the University of Texas Medical School-Houston. This involved her working directly with the medical school alumni to generate funding for medical research and scholarship funding for future medical doctors.
Claire also has management experience by being the Managing Attorney for Advocates for Families in Crisis, a local 501(c)3, that provides legal representation for children and indigent parents involved in CPS cases. As managing attorney she was responsible for overseeing assigned attorneys, payroll/bookkeeping, and providing accurate tracking of the case information to report to the County.
For the last eight years Claire in her private law practice she has had the privilege of representing people in front of both judges and juries. Claire’s legal practice is focused on representing children and parents involved in Child Protective Services, as well as family law, probate, estate planning and guardianship law. There is much overlap of the type of law she deals with on a daily basis and the cases heard in JP court.
This involvement gives Claire a firm understanding of the role a judge must perform to keep a courtroom efficient. As a member of the State Bar of Texas she has taken an oath to uphold the Constitution and the laws of Texas and this is something she takes serious.
Besides representing clients and spending time with her family, Claire is an avid reader and world traveler. Her goal is to visit all seven continents; so far five down, two to go—Antarctica and South America.
WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR CLAIRE
Claire is seeking your vote to be the Justice of the Peace for Precinct 3. With your vote you can give Claire the opportunity to further serve the citizens of Montgomery County. Claire is extremely proud of her many efforts to help others with her civic and community efforts that assists those in need—whether they are legal or personal issues. If you make your voting decision based on merit, work ethic, preparation for obtaining the skills and knowledge to undertake a task—Claire is confident you will find these traits in her education, civic contribution and work experience. Based on this—Claire has the most complete experience to serve as the Justice of the Peace Precinct 3.
WHAT DOES A JUSTICE OF THE PEACE DO?
In local surveys the clear majority, of those when asked, have no idea what a Justice of the Peace office serves in the county government system. Here is what a Justice of the Peace does:
- Hears traffic and other Class C misdemeanor cases punishable by fine only.
- Hears civil cases with up to $10,000 in controversy.
- Hears landlord and tenant disputes.
- Hears truancy cases.
- Performs magistrate duties.
- Conducts inquests and certifies all deaths occurring within the Precinct
- Performs marriage ceremonies for those having a marriage license
- There are five JP courts in Montgomery County.
The following chart gives a breakout for what the respective case load for each precinct is and how effectively managed the respective precinct performs.
|Court||# of Cases||Amount Assesed||Amount Collected||Collection %|
The first data point should be the realization for the money flowing through our JP courts totals more than $7 million dollars. This money collection represents a major inflow of funding to maintain the necessary services provided to Montgomery County citizens.
The residences of Precinct-3 have been fortunate in having one of the most effective Judge leading a Justice of the Peace court. Justice of the Peace Edie Connelly, and her staff, collect 45% of the funds generated in our JP courts. They also manage the largest case load as reflected by the fact Precinct 3 handles 42% of the total cases flowing through the five (5) Montgomery County JP courts.
Generally speaking, Montgomery County Precinct 3 covers the citizens between FM 2978 to Bender’s Landing/Harmony/Spring Trails and from the south county line to 1488 (or better known as The Woodlands and Woodlands East)
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When Judge Connelly began her career as the Justice of the Peace for Precinct 3, the population of The Woodlands totaled around 5,000 residences. The Howard Hughes Corporation projects the 2018 population, just within the area made up by The Woodlands, as being 116,278 residences. Therefore, when you add the additional Precinct 3 residences living outside The Woodlands, the total population exceeds well over the 116,000 number.
The point is simple—the person who is elected to fill the Judge Connelly’s bench this person needs to be fully prepared to step into all aspects of the job on January 1st, 2019. The issues that Judge Connelly faced all these years ago, not only has the population grown by more than 20-fold, the overall changes and need for managing a multi-million-dollar operation has become more complex. The complexity of the role a JP must address are multi-leveled—not only must financial issues be addressed, there are the needs of utilizing technology and overall business management skills for the court.
Why a Law Degree is helpful and beneficial to Precinct 3
It’s true, a law degree is not a requirement to be a Justice of the Peace. It could also be pointed out there are no requirements that one must hold a law degree to be appointed to serve on the US Supreme Court. However, in the past 60 plus years the Presidents have always picked Justices with a law degree.
A Justice of the Peace having a law degree provides a greater ability to assure fairness to everyone by knowing and understanding the actual laws of our state. This is especially important for those proceeding pro se (without an attorney) against a party with an attorney. Claire, by understanding the applicable laws, she can assure both parties receive the benefit of the laws pertaining to their case. It should be noted, anyone bringing a case before the JP, they can request that a six-person jury be seated to hear their case and render their decision. Montgomery County courts are already facing huge backlogs with their cases, so the last thing we need are JP cases being appealed to a higher court because the law wasn’t applied correctly to the facts of the case.
There is a truism that applies in this situation—build a strong foundation enhances the overall structure of the total entity being built. Claire is a member of the State Bar of Texas and understands how to apply the law to the facts to reach a decision. And just for the record—Claire Lindsay also has both “common sense and good sense”.
Claire Lindsay’s Full Resume
Education and School Volunteering/Activities
The Woodlands High School
- Graduated magna cum laude
- Member of the Debate team and won the Debate Club Service award her Senior year
- Member and Officer of Pep Squad
- National Honors Society
- Member of Interact Club
Trinity University – San Antonio, TX
- Majored in Business Administration
- Minored in Psychology
- Member of Sigma Theta Tau sorority and served as Alumni Chair
- Member of TUVAC a volunteering organization – tutored local at-risk middle school students
- Studied and interned in London, UK through Boston University. Claire worked at one of Europe’s largest PR firm
- Worked at a Woodlands biotech company (Aronex Pharmaceuticals) developing a marketing plan for their non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma drug
New York Law School – New York, NY
- Juris Doctorate degree
- Interned at a non-profit in Washington, DC and worked on the issues of fair pay and workplace equalities
- During last two years of law school she worked for the New York City Public Advocate, the second highest elected office in NYC government. In this capacity she reported directly to the General Counsel, dealing with issues impacting education, women’s issues, child-welfare, affordable housing, and senior citizen’s issues.
Current: Claire E. Lindsay, PLLC – local law firm representing clients in the areas of family, probate and guardianship laws with an emphasis in representing children and parents involved in Child Protective Services
Past Work Experience:
- Advocates for Families in Crisis – Managing Attorney for a local non-profit representing children and indigent parents involved with Child Protective Services. Claire was responsible for the day to day operations of the non-profit
The University of Texas Medical School at Houston- where she served as the Assistant Director of Development. This involved working with the medical school alumni to generate funding for medical research and scholarships for future medical students.
- Member of the Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church (WCPC).
- Chairperson for the Walk MS event that is held in The Woodlands each year
- Served as a board member for the National MS Society (Lone Star Chapter) MS Entrepreneur Program.
- Co-Troup Leader for Daisy Girl Scouts. Their efforts are to build confident and well-rounded young girls that will be future contributors to our community.
- Room mother for Grace’s class.
- While working at UT Medical School-Houston, she served on the Board of Directors for the Planned Giving Council of Houston (PGCH). The members of this organization work with the major corporations, institutions and philanthropist, assisting them with their planned giving programs.
She and her husband (An Eagle Scout) were active with the Boy Scouts of America Venturing Crew at St. Simon and Jude Church.
Support Claire Lindsay
Claire is a person who doesn’t sit back and waiting for opportunities to find her, she is always seeking out opportunities where she can contribute to our community, county, state, and nation. She asks for your vote. Claire is without a doubt the most qualified person for the Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3.