Judge Edward Spillane is currently the Presiding Municipal Court Judge of College Station, Texas. Judge Spillane received his undergraduate degree in English from Harvard University and his law degree from the University of Chicago. After law school, Judge Spillane worked as an associate for the law firm of Fulbright and Jaworski in Houston, Texas and then eight years as an assistant district attorney in Brazos County, Texas. Since 2002, Judge Spillane has been the Presiding Judge of the College Station Municipal Court. He is currently on the federal Task Force on Fines, Fees, and Bail Practices and the Past President of the Texas Municipal Courts Association. Judge Spillane has also served as a commissioner on the Texas Judicial Conduct Commission. He has written several articles on the plight of indigent defendants and most notably in April of this year his article, Why I refuse to send people to jail, published in the Washington Post focused attention on the need to make sure indigent defendants’ rights are enforced and alternative punishments to jail are considered.