Though she’s been busy behind the scenes putting her stamp on the office, Margaret Moore will make her first official move as Travis County’s district attorney when she is sworn in on Tuesday.
It will happen first thing in the morning at the 201st Civil District Court at the Heman Sweatt Travis County Courthouse. Moore, who takes over as incumbent DA Rosemary Lehmberg retires, said she’s eager to get going and carry out the vision she sold to voters.
“We’ve been working very hard for months now, and we’re ready to implement our plan,” she said. “The staff is excited, and I’m excited.”
Moore said she has made 37 outside hires — 19 attorneys, 18 nonattorneys — to complete a sweeping overhaul of a department that is undergoing significant change for the first time in 40 years. In early December, Moore told the American-Statesman that 17 attorneys, 12 investigators and six administrators wouldn’t be returning because they were let go or they retired. She said she has since let go of another attorney, but that the numbers she reported this month “are still very close to correct.”
Moore — a former Texas assistant attorney general who came out of retirement after a long career in law and politics to run for DA — is one of many members of the legal community who is taking over an elected position. Attorneys Brad Urrutia and Tamara Needles step in as judges in the 450th and 427th criminal District Courts, respectively. Attorney Jan Soifer takes over the bench on the civil side in the 345th District Court.