As a Juvenile Judge in Bexar County, I know that children entering the juvenile justice system must be held accountable for their behavior, but accountability must be balanced with opportunity. At risk children require special attention and I will continue to find innovative ways to help them get on the right track. My mission when working with kids and families is to create a positive out of a negative. When a child succeeds, our entire community benefits.
Judge Parker was appointed to the 386th District Court in September of 1999. She presides over a general jurisdiction court with a preference for juvenile matters. Judge Parker is board certified in Juvenile Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. In addition to her regular juvenile docket, Judge Parker presides over two specialty courts, a juvenile drug court and a mental health court for girls. In 2011, the Governor appointed Judge Parker to serve on the executive board of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, the state agency overseeing juvenile justice in Texas. She is the Chair of the Bexar County Juvenile Board and previously served as the Local Administrative Judge for the Bexar County District Courts. She is also a frequent lecturer on juvenile law topics. Prior to her appointment to the 386th District Court, Judge Parker served as an assistant district attorney in Bexar County.
She obtained her B.A. in Hispanic Studies from Vassar College in 1987 and graduated cum laude from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 1992. In addition to her judicial duties, Judge Parker serves on the board of directors for Communities in Schools, the ChildSafe Advisory Council, and is active with SA 100 and Impact San Antonio. She also served on the Juvenile Law Council of the State Bar of Texas from 2003-2009 and is a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.