Professional Affiliations and Activities

Board Certified Criminal Law – Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1986
Recertified 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011, 2016

Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Criminal Law Exam Commission
Chairman, 2013, Member, 2012-2014

State Bar of Texas – May 1981 to present                                                                                   District 7A Grievance Committee, 1985 to 1988
District 7 Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee
Chairman, December 1988 to May 1990
Advanced Criminal Law Course, speaker, 2003, 2009

National Judicial College, instructor, 2006 to 2013
Recognition for Five Years of Service, 2011
Capital Cases Litigation, Evidence, General Jurisdiction, Case Management
Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, Oklahoma

National Center for State Courts, speaker, 2004 to 2013
Louisiana State Judges Conference
Arkansas Administrative Judges Conference
Minnesota State Judges Conference
St Croix Judges Conference

Texas Center for the Judiciary
Texas College for Judicial Studies, graduate, general jurisdiction, 2013
DWI Curriculum Committee, 2009-2010
Capital Cases Bench Book, Chairman, 2008
Bench Book, Criminal Law Chapter, 2008
Speaker, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015

Tarrant County Criminal Justice Community Planning Group
Chairman, 2011-2013

Texas Office of Court Administration, weighted caseload study, 2008

Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow

Tarrant County Bar Association

Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court, 1996 to 1999

Awards and Recognitions

  • Texas Tech University School of Law – Distinguished Alumni 2015
  • Legacy of Women 2016 Honoree - Safe Haven
  • National Association of Social Workers – Public Elected Official of the Year for the North Central Texas-Fort Worth area – 2017
  • Texas Federation Republican Women, Woman of Distinction, August 2017
  • Inaugural Class of Citizens Prosecutor Academy 2016 recognition for outstanding leadership in initiating transparency and education
  • Texas Crime Prevention Association – Above and Beyond Award
  • Walk Like MADD – Honorary Chair 2015
  • LULAC District 21 recognition for exemplary leadership and outstanding accomplishments
  • National Association of Counties, 2007 Achievement Award Winner for Differentiated Felony Case Management
  • Texas Association of Counties Leadership Foundation, 2007 County Best Practices Superior Innovation Award for Differentiated Felony Case Management
  • Mental Health Association of Tarrant County Advocacy Award, 2002
  • Outstanding Young Leader of Fort Worth, Fort Worth Jaycees, 1992
  • Top 40 Under 40, Fort Worth Business Press, 1994
  • Fort Worth Woman of the Year, Elected Official
  • Fort Worth Commission on the Status of Women, 1995
  • Friend of the Neighborhood, Fort Worth League of Neighborhoods Association, 1995
  • Tarrant County’s Most Influential Women 1997, Fort Worth Business Press
  • Amarillo College, Distinguished Alumna, 1998
  • Tascosa High School, Rebel Hall of Fame, 1994
  • Rotary Club, Paul Harris Fellow