Leader & Scholar



Uniform Laws Commission (ULC)

Commissioner, 2004-2010, appointed by Governor Rick Perry

Chair, Drafting Committee on Relocation of Children, 2006 to 2009

Chair, Study Committee on Relocation of Children, 2005-06

Member, Drafting Committee on Uniform Representation of Children in Abuse, Neglect and Custody Cases, 2004 to present

Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court, Master member, 2004 to present

Co-Chair, Texas Legislative Ad Hoc Ad Litem Committee, 2000 to 2007, which drafted legislative amendments to Texas Family Code Chapter 107

American Bar Association, Family Law Section

Chair, 2009

Vice-Chair, 2008 to 2009

Secretary, 2007 to 2008

Governing Council, 2005 to 2007

Continuing Legal Education Committee, 2005 to present

Publications Committee, 2002 to present

Commission on State Court Funding, commissioner, 2003-2004

Child Support Committee, chair, 2004-05; co-chair, 2003

Custody Committee, member, 2000 to present

Host Committee for ABA Family Law Section 2005 spring meeting, Austin, 2004 to 2005

Judicial Section Liaison, 2005 to present

Special Committee on Disaster Relief, 2005

Association of Family & Conciliatory Courts (AFCC) liaison, 2004 to 2005

Committee to Develop Standards for Representatives of Children in Custody Litigation, 2000-03

Association of Family and Conciliatory Courts (AFCC), Texas Chapter, president, 2003; vice-chair, 2002; board member, 2000-01

Course Director, Annual Conference of AFCC, Texas Chapter

            Fall 2002, “The Child’s Voice”

            Fall 2003, “High Conflict Families—Methods in Therapeutic Jurisprudence”

Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2004 to present

Charter Member, Tarrant County Bar Foundation, 1998 to present

Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation, 1996 to 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 Family Bar Association, member

Tarrant County Women Lawyers, member

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

Committee to develop statewide Title IV-D software package for family district courts, member, 1989-90

West Texas Legal Services Protective Order Task Force, member, 1988-89

Tarrant County Family Law Task Force, member, 1987-88

State Bar Convention Planning Committee, member, 1987-88

Tarrant County Family Bar Association, membership committee, chair, 1986

Tarrant County Teen Court judge, 1987-88

SMU Moot Court judge, 1989-90

Texas Association of Domestic Relations Offices, secretary, 1985-86; board of directors, 1984-85

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

Tarrant County Dispute Resolution Services, mediator, 1984-86

Tarrant County Domestic Relations Office Task Force, member, 1984-85


Member, First United Methodist Church of Colleyville

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

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

Dispute Resolution Services of Tarrant County, advisory board, 2001 to 2008

Open Arms (organization which deals with domestic violence), advisory board, 2000-2002

National Amazing Woman Award, 2001

Who’s Who in Texas, 1985

 Notable Woman of Texas, 1983

Network for Executive Women, past member

Fort Worth Professional Women’s Organization, 1986-87

Tarrant County Parents United, board of directors, 1985-86

Member, Alpha Chi Omega social sorority