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Community Involvement

Professional Affiliations and Activities

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

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 present
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 present
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

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

Judicial Activities

Presiding Judge, Felony Alcohol Intervention Project, 2007 to 2013
DWI court program

University of Texas at Arlington, Center for Criminology and Criminal Justice, Advisory
Board of Directors, 2010 to present

Tarrant County College, Criminal Justice Advisory Council, 2011 to present

Texas Council on Offenders with Mental Impairments, 1999 to 2003
appointed by Governor George W. Bush

Tarrant County Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee, 2002 to 2013
appointed by Tarrant County Commissioners Court, Chairman, 2002 to 2007

Jury Services Committee, 2000 to 2013, Chairman, 2003

Bail Bond Board, 1997 to 1999, Chairman, 1999

Juvenile Board, 1990 to present, Chairman, 1999

Presiding Criminal Judge, Tarrant County felony and misdemeanor courts, 1991, 2007

Purchasing Agent Board, 1995 to 1997, Chairman, 1995 to 1997

Texas Punishment Standards Commission, Judicial Advisory Committee, 1992

State Bar of Texas, Judicial Section, Committee on Assigned Judges, 1998

Speaker, National Association of Court Managers, 2008

Speaker, American Society of Women Accountants, Fort Worth Chapter

Speaker, Texas Corrections Association

Speaker, Tarrant County Forensic Science Conference, 2010, 2012


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


Coauthor with Judge Cynthia Kent, Handling Capital Cases-Dealing with the Media 16 Tex. Wesleyan L. Rev. 159 (2010)

Author of revision, Hearsay, Evidence in a Courtroom Setting, National Judicial College, November 2010

Author of revision, Jury Selection Issues Unique to Capital Cases, Handling Capital Cases, National Judicial College, September 2011

Author of revision, Dealing with the Media, Handling Capital Cases, National Judicial College, September 2011

Author of revision, Role of the Judge, General Jurisdiction, National Judicial College, October 2012

Author of revision, Contempt and Trial Disruption, General Jurisdiction, National Judicial College, October 2012

Author of revision, Jury Management, General Jurisdiction, National Judicial College, October 2012

Civic Associations and Activities


Rotary Club of Fort Worth, Inc.

Community Hospice of Texas, Board, 2012 to present
Advisory Board, 2006 to 2011

Beautiful Feet Homeless Outreach, cook, 2004 to present

Federal Medical Center, Community Advisory Board, 2003 to present


Camp Fire USA, First Texas Council

Junior League of Fort Worth, Inc.

Fort Worth Public Library Foundation, 1998-2003

Bridge Emergency Youth Services

Women’s Center of Tarrant County, Inc.

Challenge, Inc.

Volunteer Center, 1988-2001

ROADS-Recovery Options for Addictive Disorders

Because We Care, Inc., 1992-1996

Forum Fort Worth, Inc.

Tarrant County Area Agency on Aging

Circle T Girl Scout Council, Inc., Community Advisory Committee

YWCA of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, Advisory Panel

Dallas Baptist University, Law Enforcement Advisory Board

Leadership Texas, 1995

Leadership Fort Worth, 1988

Forum Fort Worth, Chair, 1992-1993

Women’s Policy Forum

Texas Women’s Alliance

Tarrant County DWI Task Force

Pol. adv. paid for by Sharen Wilson for DA