City of Lufkin names Earley as new municipal judge

Photo courtesy of City of Lufkin.
Photo courtesy of City of Lufkin.

LUFKIN, TX (News Release) - The City of Lufkin's Municipal Court begins a new era with the appointment of April Earley as the first full-time Municipal Court Judge for the City of Lufkin.

Previously, Judge John Sloan had diligently served the City as the part-time Municipal Court Judge for the past 26 years. Earlier this year Judge Sloan announced his retirement effective September 30, 2011.

The City of Lufkin's Municipal Court caseload has continuously grown, causing the City to take the progressive action to hire a full-time Municipal Judge.

Local Attorney April Earley was recently chosen for the position. After graduation from Hudson High School, she obtained a Bachelor of Communications degree from Texas Southern University in 2004 and went on to earn her Juris Doctorate in May 2008 from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, Texas. While attending law school, April was a judicial intern for the Honorable Judge Mike Wood, Harris County Probate Court Number 2. She also served as a student attorney for the Earl Carl Institute. April returned to Lufkin in 2008 and joined the staff of the Haglund Law Firm as an Associate Attorney. For the past three years, she has practiced as a trial attorney in criminal, family, immigration and general civil law.

"April is a very bright and competent lawyer who has been an asset to the Haglund Law Firm", says Attorney Wayne Haglund, "Our loss is the City's gain and she will do an excellent job as the Municipal Court Judge for the City of Lufkin."

City Manager Paul Parker stated that Ms. Earley was selected from a qualified pool of approximately 35 applicants. Parker adds "April's work ethic, enthusiasm and education qualify her as the ideal candidate for the Municipal Court Judge position".

April will be appointed for a two (2) year term as the Municipal Court Judge under the administrative direction of the City Manager. She will preside over Municipal Court sessions and function as Magistrate in the disposition of cases within the jurisdiction of the City of Lufkin Municipal Court. April will begin her appointment as the Municipal Court Judge on October 1st, 2011.