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About Judge Lehrmann

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Conservative

    • Respects the Constitution and never legislates from the bench

 

    • Strictly interprets the law

 

Experienced

    • Twenty-eight years on the bench

 

    • Exceptional appellate record

 

Author and Scholar

    • Author of two legal treatises updated yearly

 

    • Recognized by Texas Bar Foundation for
      best bar review article

 

    • Frequent lecturer at Texas Wesleyan School of Law & throughout the nation

 

Justice Debra H. Lehrmann has served on the Supreme Court of Texas since 2010, having been elected to the Court twice following her gubernatorial appointment. She serves as the Court’s liaison to the Board of Disciplinary Appeals, the Commission for Lawyer Discipline, the Texas Association for Court Administration, the State Bar Family Law Section, the State Bar Family Law Council, and the Texas Attorney–Mediator Coalition.

With a cumulative total of over 30 years of judicial experience, she was a trial judge in Tarrant County for 23 years prior to her appellate service. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Justice Lehrmann graduated from The University of Texas with high honors in 1979 and from The University of Texas School of Law in 1982. She received her LL.M. degree through Duke Law’s Master of Judicial Studies program in 2016.

Nationally known, she is a past chair of the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association (ABA/FLS), a commissioner on the Uniform Law Commission (ULC), and a member of the American Law Institute (ALI). She has chaired several drafting committees through her work with the ULC and currently chairs the drafting committee on the Uniform Nonparental Child Custody and Visitation Act. She serves as an advisor to the ALI committee that is currently in the process of drafting the Restatement of Children and the Law.

Justice Lehrmann has been an active leader in the Texas legal community for many years. In addition to her national work, she currently chairs the development committee of the State Bar of Texas Child Protection Law Section and has been elected to serve as the inaugural chair of the section when approved by the State Bar of Texas in January 2018. She is the immediate past president of the Lloyd Lochridge Inn of Court in Austin, is a past president of the Texas Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), is an emeritus member of the Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court in Fort Worth, served on the Advisory Board of Tarrant County Dispute Resolution Services, is a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and the American Bar Foundation, is a charter member of the Tarrant County Bar Foundation, and is a past president of the Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association. She enjoys judging moot court and mock trial competitions for law schools throughout the State of Texas on a frequent basis.

In 2003, she received the Texas Bar Foundation’s Outstanding Journal Article Award for “The Child’s Voice—an Analysis of the Methodology Used to Involve Children in Custody Litigation.” As part of her dedication to the practice of law and training of lawyers, she speaks frequently at continuing legal education events on a broad variety of topics throughout the state and country, and she is the author of Texas Annotated Family Code (LexisNexis–Matthew Bender, 2013 ed.; 2012 ed.; 2011 ed.; 2010 ed.; 2009 ed.; 2008 ed.; 2007 ed.; 2006 ed.) and Court-Appointed Representation of Children in Texas Family Law Cases—A Practical Guide for Attorneys (Lexis-Nexis–Matthew Bender, 5th ed. 2008-09; 4th ed. 2007-08; 3d ed. 2006-07; 2d ed. 2005-06; 1st ed. 2004).

The recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, Justice Lehrmann received the Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Scott Moore Award in 2005 in recognition for her service to children who are the subjects of abuse and neglect proceedings. In December 2009, she received the prestigious Judge Eva Barnes Award for dedication and outstanding service to the legal profession, and, in 2011, she received the Tarrant County Parenting Center’s Hand-in-Hand Award for outstanding contribution to improving the lives of children and families. In 1990, she was recognized as the Outstanding Young Lawyer of Tarrant County.

Justice Lehrmann has been married to Greg Lehrmann, J.D., for 34 years. They have two sons, Gregory Alan, a graduate of UCLA and a 3rd-year law student at Pepperdine School of Law, and Jonathan William, a graduate of The University of Texas and The University of Texas School of Law. In 2017, she was honored to deliver the commencement address at Jonathan’s graduation from UT Law.

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AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Recognized as a Fort Worth Legend, Emily White Youree & Joan Kurkowski-Gillen, Legendary Locals of Fort Worth (Arcadia Publishing 2014)

Recipient of the Tarrant County Parenting Center’s Hand-in-Hand Award for outstanding contribution to improving the lives of children and families, 2011

Recognized by Fort Worth Business Press as a Texas Woman of Influence, 2010

Recipient of the Judge Eva Barnes Award for dedication and exemplary service to the legal profession, 2009

Recipient of Scott Moore Award by Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for dedication to children and families, 2005

Recipient of Texas Bar Foundation’s Outstanding Journal Article Award, 2003, for “The Child’s Voice—an Analysis of the Methodology Used to Involve Children in Custody Litigation,” Texas Bar Journal (Nov. 2002)

Outstanding Young Lawyer of Tarrant County, 1990

AUTHOR OF FOLLOWING LEGAL AUTHORITIES

Texas Annotated Family Code (LexisNexis–Matthew Bender, 2013 ed.; 2012 ed.; 2011 ed.; 2010 ed.; 2009 ed.; 2008 ed.; 2007 ed.; 2006 ed.)

Court-Appointed Representation of Children in Texas Family Law Cases—A Practical Guide for Attorneys (Lexis-Nexis–Matthew Bender, 5th ed. 2008-09; 4th ed. 2007-08; 3d ed. 2006-07; 2d ed. 2005-06; 1st ed. 2004)

PUBLICATIONS

“Restatement of Children and the Law,” American Law Institute, _ 2018

“Protecting Our Children—The Legacy of In re Lee,” Texas Bar Journal, September 2017

“Mediation as a Protective Tool in Custody Disputes: The Legacy of In re Lee,” Texas Supreme Court Historical Society Journal, Winter 2017

“What Are Uniform Laws and How Do They Come Into Being?,” American Bar Association
Family Advocate, Spring 2017

“Docket Control & Pre-Trial Scheduling Orders,” American Bar Association Family Advocate,
Fall 2008

“We’ve Come a Long Way—Docket Control & Pre-trial Scheduling Orders—Part II,”
Tarrant County Bar Journal, March 2008

“We’ve Come a Long Way—Docket Control & Pre-Trial Scheduling Orders—Part I,”
Tarrant County Bar Journal, February 2008

“The Child’s Voice—An Analysis of the Methodology Used to Involve Children in Custody Litigation,” Texas Bar Journal, November 2002

“Evaluating the Probative Value of Child Custody Evaluations,” Juvenile & Family Court
Journal, Spring 2002

“Who Are We Protecting? An Analysis of the Law Regarding Attorneys and Guardians Ad Litem,” Texas Bar Journal, February 2000

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES & LEADERSHIP POSITIONS

Uniform Law Commission (ULC)
Commissioner (appointed by Governor Rick Perry) 2004–present
Chair, Drafting Committee on Uniform Nonparental Child Custody and Visitation Act,
June 2014–present
Member, Drafting Committee on Uniform Parentage Act (2017), 2015–present
Member, Drafting Committee on Uniform Family Law Arbitration Act, 2013–present
Chair, Study Committee on Third Party Access to Children, 2013–2014
Member, Drafting Committee on Uniform Deployed Parent Custody and Visitation Act,
2010–2013
Chair, Drafting Committee on Relocation of Children Act, 2006–2009
Member, Drafting Committee on Uniform Representation of Children in Abuse, Neglect, and Custody Proceedings, 2004–2008
Chair, Study Committee on Relocation of Children Act, 2005–2006

American Bar Association, Family Law Section
Editorial Board, Family Advocate, 2011–present
Judicial Section Liaison, 2005–present
Custody Committee, member, 2000–present
Chair, 2010–2011
Chair-Elect, 2009–2010
Vice-Chair, 2008–2009
Secretary, 2007–2008
Continuing Legal Education Committee, 2005–2008
Publications Committee, 2002–2008
Governing Council, 2005–2007
Special Committee on Disaster Relief, 2005
Child Support Committee, chair, 2004–2005; co-chair, 2003
Host Committee for ABA Family Law Section 2005 Spring Conference, 2004–2005
Association of Family & Conciliatory Courts (AFCC) liaison, 2004–2005
Commission on State Court Funding, commissioner, 2003–2004
Committee to Develop Standards for Representatives of Children in Custody Litigation, 2000–2003

American Law Institute
Member, 2012–present
Committee to Examine Issues in Relation to Children, 2015–present

American Bar Foundation, fellow, 2004–present

Tarrant County Bar Foundation, charter member, 1998–present

Texas Bar Foundation, life fellow, 1996–present

Austin Bar Foundation, fellow, 2017–present

Texas Women Lawyers, Board of Directors, 2016–present

Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court, Fort Worth, emeritus member 2012–present; master member, 2004–2012

Lloyd Lochridge Inn of Court, Austin, President, June 2014–June 2015, master member,
2011–present

American Bar Association, Judicial Section, member

Judicial Section of the State Bar of Texas, member

National Association of Judges, member

U.S. District for the Northern District of Texas, member

Tarrant County Bar Association, member

Tarrant County Bar Association Women Attorneys Section, member

Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association, member; membership committee chair, 1986

Texas Legislative Ad Hoc Ad Litem Committee, which drafted legislative amendments to Texas Family Code Chapter 107, co-chair, 2000–2007

Association of Family and Conciliatory Courts (AFCC), Texas Chapter
President, 2003; vice-chair, 2002; board member, 2000–2001
Annual Conference, Course Director
Fall 2003, “High Conflict Families—Methods in Therapeutic Jurisprudence”
Fall 2002, “The Child’s Voice”

Committee to develop statewide Title IV-D software package for family district courts, member, 1989–1990

SMU Moot Court judge, 1989–1990

West Texas Legal Services Protective Order Task Force, member, 1988–1989

Fort Worth–Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association, president, 1988; president-elect, 1987; vice-president, 1986; secretary, 1985; treasurer, 1984; board of directors, 1983

Tarrant County Family Law Task Force, member, 1987–1988

State Bar Convention Planning Committee, member, 1987–1988

Tarrant County Teen Court judge, 1987–1988

Texas Association of Domestic Relations Offices, secretary, 1985–1986; board of directors, 1984–1985

Tarrant County Dispute Resolution Services, mediator, 1984–1986

American Foster Parent Annual Convention, mock trial presentation, organizer and presenter, 1985

Tarrant County Domestic Relations Office Task Force, member, 1984–1985

PRESENTATIONS

“Civil Rights in Texas,” The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, November 2017

“Mediation Update,” Texas Mediator Credentialing Association, Fort Worth, October 2017

“Tort and Insurance Update,” Dallas Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section,
Dallas, October 2017

“Implicit Bias,” American Bar Association, Family Law Section Fall Conference, Beaver Creek, Colorado, October 2017

“The Uniform Parentage Act 2017,” American Bar Association, Family Law Section Fall Conference, Beaver Creek, Colorado, October 2017

“Texas Supreme Court Panel,” Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course, State Bar of Texas, Austin, September 2017

“Women and the Legal Profession,” Hell on Heels Women Lawyers, San Antonio, August 2017

“Welcome to UT Law,” The University of Texas School of Law Orientation, Austin, August
2017

“Family Law Update,” Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, San Antonio, August
2017

“Woodmen of the World—An Appellate Re-enactment,” Texas Supreme Court Historical
Society, Austin, April 2017

“A Practical Primer to the Practice of Law,” The University of Texas School of Law, Austin,
April 2017

“Evidence and Discovery Update,” Advanced Evidence and Discovery, State Bar of Texas,
Houston, April 2017

“Bar Leadership and Beyond,” Austin Bar Association, Austin, January 2017

“Beyond the Bench,” Dallas Bar Association, Dallas, December 2016

“A View From the Bench,” Texas Association of Domestic Relations Offices, Fort Worth,
November 2016

“Tort and Insurance Update,” Dallas Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section,
Dallas, November 2016

“Business Law Update,” Business Disputes, State Bar of Texas, Houston, September 2016

“Texas Supreme Court Update,” Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Fort Worth, September
2016

“Texas Supreme Court Panel,” Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course, State Bar of Texas,
Austin, September 2016

“Texas Supreme Court Panel,” Conference on State and Federal Appeals, The University of
Texas, Austin, June 2016

“Top Ten Family Cases: Supreme Court of Texas,” Texas Center for the Judiciary Spring
Regional Conference, Houston, May 2016

“Tort and Insurance Update,” Dallas Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section,
Dallas, November 2015

“Texas Supreme Court Update,” Advanced Civil Trial Course, State Bar of Texas, Houston,
October 2015

“Business Law Update,” Business Disputes, State Bar of Texas, Dallas, September 2015

“Anders Briefs in CPS Cases,” National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Annual
Conference, July 2015

“Mentoring in a Rapidly Changing Profession,” State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting,
San Antonio, June 2015

“Alternative Dispute Resolution Update,” Houston Bar Association, Houston, May 2015

“The Supreme Court of Texas,” Denton County Bench Bar Conference, Horseshoe Bay,
April 2015

“Women Policy Issues,” The University of Texas, April 2015

“The Supreme Court of Texas,” Fort Worth Teen Court Banquet, Fort Worth, April 2015

“Women and the Law,” Amarillo Area Women’s Bar Association, April 2015

“Statutory Construction,” Federalist Society, University of Houston Law Center, Houston,
March 2015

“Women and the Law,” Texas Women Lawyers, Dallas, February 2015

“A Conversation with Chief Justice Hecht,” Mahon Inn of Court, Fort Worth, February 2015

“A Conversation with Justice Lehrmann,” North Texas Joint Inns of Court, Dallas, January 2015

“Legal Ethics,” Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Dallas, December 2014

“Tort and Insurance Update,” Dallas Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section, Dallas, November 2014

“Texas Supreme Court Update,” Tarrant County Bar Association, Fort Worth, November 2014

“A Conversation with Justice Lehrmann,” Dallas Bench Bar Conference, Horseshoe Bay,
October 2014

“Successful Women Professionals,” Women Entrepreneur Awards Breakfast, Indianapolis, Indiana, May 2014

“Successful Briefing and Oral Advocacy,” Dallas Bar Association, Dallas, April 2014

“Alternative Dispute Resolution,” State Bar of Texas, Dallas, January 2014

“E-Filing,” Texas District Clerks’ Alliance, Horseshoe Bay, October 2013

“Professionalism—A View from the Bench,” Advanced Family Law Seminar, State Bar of Texas, San Antonio, August 2013

“Texas Supreme Court Update,” Conference on State and Federal Appeals, The University of Texas, Austin, June 2013

“Tort and Insurance Case Law Update,” Dallas Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section, Dallas, May 2013

“Trends in Alternate Dispute Resolution,” Houston Bar Association, ADR Section, Houston,
May 2013

“Brief Writing, Oral Advocacy and More,” American Bar Association, Family Law Section Spring Conference, Anchorage, Alaska, April 2013

“Texas Legislative Update,” Austin Bench Bar Conference, San Antonio, April 2013

“The Future of the Supreme Court of Texas,” Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, Austin, April 2013

“Current Trends in Child Representation in Child Protective Services (CPS) Cases,” State Bar of
Texas, San Antonio, February 2013

“Facing Appellate Fears,” Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, Fort Worth, January 2013

“Litigation Update,” Advanced Litigation Course, State Bar of Texas, Austin, January 2013

“Supreme Court of Texas,” Dallas Bar Association, Section of Women Lawyers, Dallas, December 2012

“ADR in Family Law,” Oregon Bar Association, Family Law Section, Portland, Oregon, October 2012

“Administrative Law Update,” Advanced Administrative Law Course, State Bar of Texas, Austin, August 2012

“Collaborative Law—the New Frontier,” Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, Houston, August 2012

“E-Filing in the Texas Supreme Court,” Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course, State Bar of Texas, Austin, June 2012

“Labor and Employment Law Update,” Houston Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Houston, April 2012

“Ethics and the Legal Profession,” State Bar of Texas, Dallas, April 2012

“Oil and Gas Case Law Update,” Permian Basin Oil and Gas Course, Midland, March 2012

“Brief Writing and Oral Argument,” San Antonio Bar Association, Appellate Section, San Antonio, February 2012

“Texas Supreme Court Case Law Update,” Advanced Civil Trial Course, State Bar of Texas, Houston, October 2012

“Judicial Panel,” Advanced Administrative Law Course, University of Texas, Austin,
August 2011

“Texas Supreme Court Case Law Update,” Advanced Civil Trial Course, State Bar of Texas,
Dallas, August 2011

“Texas Supreme Court Case Law Update,” Advanced Civil Trial Course, State Bar of Texas,
San Antonio, July 2011

“Texas Supreme Court Update,” Suing and Defending Governmental Entities Course, State Bar of Texas, Austin, July 2011

“Texas Supreme Court Update,” Conference on State and Federal Appeals, The University of Texas, Austin, June 2011

“The Per Curiam Opinion,” Practice Before the Texas Supreme Court, State Bar of Texas,
Austin, April 2011

“Initial Impressions of Supreme Court of Texas,” Harris County Bar Association, Appellate Section, Houston, March 2011

“Impressions of the Supreme Court of Texas,” Austin Bar Association, Appellate Section,
Austin, Spring 2011

“The Uniform Collaborative Law Act,” Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, Tarrant County Bar Association, Fort Worth, May 2009

“Problem Solving Courts,” Alternative Dispute Resolution Symposium, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, Fort Worth, February 2009

“The Rule of Law & the Civil Courts System,” Texas Wesleyan University School of Law,
Fort Worth, October 2008

“Best Litigation Practices,” Eldon B. Mahon Inns of Court, Fort Worth, October 2008

“What Judges Want to Know,” National Business Institute, Dallas, November 2008

“Alternative Forms of Dispute Resolution” Texas Wesleyan University School of Law,
Fort Worth, May 2008

“Uniform Representation of Children,” Divorce on the Beach, Alabama State Bar, Sandestin,
Florida, 2008

“Representation of Children,” American Bar Association, Family Law Section Conference, Chicago, Illinois, 2007

“Ten Custody Cases You Should Know About,” Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, Dallas, 2007

“Uniform Representation of Children in Abuse, Neglect and Custody Proceedings Act,”
Law Education Institute, Vail, Colorado, 2007

“Therapeutic Jurisprudence—A New Paradigm,” Texas Association of Mediators,
Fort Worth, 2007

“The Power of Perspective,” American Bar Association, Family Law Section Conference,
San Diego, California, 2007

“Practical Tips for Lawyers in Family Law Court,” Texas Wesleyan University School of Law,
Fort Worth, 2007

“Family Law—Title 5,” Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, Fort Worth, 2006

“Family Law Case Update,” Northeast Tarrant County Bar Association, Fort Worth, 2006

“Court-Appointed Representation of Children,” Texas Institute of CLE, Dallas, 2006

“Learning to Make the Texas Family Code Work for You,” Course Director, Texas Institute of CLE, Dallas, 2006

“Family Law Case Law Update,” Annual Judicial Conference, Texas Center for the Judiciary,
Houston, 2006

“Admissibility of Mental Health Records,” Law Education Institute, Vail, Colorado, 2006

“Family Law—Title 5,” Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, Fort Worth, 2005

“Ethical Issues and the Representation of Children in Domestic Violence Cases,” Houston Bar Association, Houston, 2005

“Daubert’s Application to Opinions of Mental Health Experts in Custody Cases,” Mahon Inns of Court, Fort Worth, 2005

“The Child’s Voice: Role & Responsibilities of Lawyers for Children,” Juvenile Justice Committee CPS Training, Dallas Bar Association, Dallas, 2005

“Judicial Perspective about Ethical Issues,” American Bar Association, Family Law Section Conference, San Diego, 2005

“Legal Ethics & the Representation of Children in Family Law Cases,” Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, Dallas, 2005

“Evidentiary Issues in Family Law,” Moderator, American Bar Association, Family Law Section Conference, Austin, 2005

“When Public Policy Interests Collide—the Need for Information v. the Need for Privacy,” Dallas Family Law Inn of Court, Dallas, March 2005

“HIPAA and the Admissibility of Mental Health Records.” American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Telephonic Seminar, 2005

“Family Law—Title 5,” Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, Fort Worth, 2004

“Admissibility of Mental Health Records,” American Bar Association, Family Law Section Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2004

“Parenting Coordinators & Parenting Plans—the Proposed Statute,” Texas Association of Domestic Relations Offices (TADRO) Annual Convention, Austin, 2004

“Duties & Ethical Responsibilities of Court Appointed Lawyers for Children,” Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, Fort Worth, Spring 2004

“The New Ad Litem Statute—One Year Later,” Texas Wesleyan University School of Law,
Fort Worth, Spring 2004

“Tips From the Bench,” American Bar Association, Family Law Section Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, August 2004

“Changes to Texas Family Code Chapter 107—A Year Later,” Advanced Family Law Course,
State Bar of Texas, San Antonio, August 2004

“Ad Litem Appointments,” Dallas Bar Association, Family Law Section, Dallas, July 2004

“Amicus Attorneys and Attorneys Ad Litem—A Judicial Perspective,” Associate Judges Training, Texas Center for the Judiciary, Austin, July 2004

“Changes to Texas Family Code Chapter 107,” Pro Bono Continuing Legal Education Project,
Brownwood, May 2004

“Ethical Challenges for Experts,” AFCC Annual Conference, San Antonio, May 2004

“Court-Appointed Representation of Children,” AFCC Annual Conference, San Antonio,
May 2004

“Domestic Violence in Family Law Cases,” Texas Wesleyan University School of Law,
Fort Worth, Spring 2004

“Representation of Children in Family Law Cases,” Denton County Family Bar Association &
CASA, Denton, Spring 2004

“Family Law—Title 5,” Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, Fort Worth, 2003

“Therapeutic Jurisprudence,” Texas Chapter of AFCC Fall Conference, Austin, 2003

“Discoverability of Mental Health Records,” American Bar Association, Family Law Section Conference, Seattle, Washington, 2003

“Clarity At Last—An Analysis of the New Ad Litem Statute,” Advanced Family Law Course,
State Bar of Texas, San Antonio, August 2003

“Problem Solving Courts & Access Facilitation,” AFCC Annual Convention, Ottawa, Canada, 2003

“A Practical Primer for New Lawyers,” Texas Wesleyan University School of Law,
Fort Worth, 2003

“Amendments to Chapter 107 of the Texas Family Code,” Texas Chapter of AFCC Fall Conference, Fort Worth, 2002

“Access Facilitation—A Litigation Tool,” TADRO Annual Conference, Austin, 2002

“Who Are We Listening To?” Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, August 2002

“Attorneys as Ad Litems,” Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, Fort Worth, 2002

“Conciliatory Law,” Tarrant County Bench Bar Conference, Boerne, 2002

“Listening to Children,” American Bar Association, Family Law Section Conference,
Vancouver, B.C., 2001

“Nuts and Bolts Seminar,” Fort Worth–Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association,
Fort Worth, 2001

“Brown Bag Seminar—Attorneys as Ad Litems,” Tarrant County Bar Association,
Fort Worth, 2001

“Domestic Violence—The Tragic Facts,” Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, 2001

“Access Facilitation—A Tool for Families in Conflict,” Arlington Bar Association,
Arlington, 2001

“The 360th District Court—Access Facilitation,” Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association,
Fort Worth, 2000

“Judicial Intent and Ad Litem Appointments,” Tarrant County Child Protective Services,
Fort Worth, September 2000

“Ad Litems in Peril?,” Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, August 2000

“Ethical Issues Regarding Guardians and Attorneys Ad Litem,” TADRO Annual Convention,
San Antonio, 1999

“Temporary Orders,” West Texas Legal Services Family Law Course, Fort Worth, 1998

“Alternate Dispute Resolution,” Tarrant County Bench Bar Conference, Conroe, 1996

“The 360th Associate District Court,” Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association,
Fort Worth, 1995

“Title IV-D—What Judges Should Know,” Regional Judicial Conference, Houston, 1990

“Federal Child Support Legislation,” Texas Judicial Conference, Killeen, 1990

“Title IV-D,” Texas Judicial Conference, Texarkana, 1990

“Expedited Process,” Judicial Training Seminar, Austin, 1990

“Testifying at Trial,” Family Court Service Training Course, Fort Worth, 1989

“Overview of Enforcement,” TADRO Annual Conference, Fort Worth, 1986

“Visitation and Mediation,” TADRO Annual Conference, San Antonio, 1985

“The Wage Assignment,” TADRO Annual Conference, Galveston, 1984
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

Involved with creation of Texas Supreme Court Permanent Commission for Children, Youth & Families, 2008–2010

National Adoption Day, Tarrant County, chair, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, and 2008

Dispute Resolution Services of Tarrant County, Advisory Board, 2001–2008

Open Arms (organization which deals with domestic violence), Advisory Board, 2000–2002

National Amazing Woman Award, 2001

Fort Worth Professional Women’s Organization, 1986–87

Tarrant County Parents United, Board of Directors, 1985–86

Who’s Who in Texas, 1985

Notable Woman of Texas, 1983

Network for Executive Women, past member


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