Laura Parker was appointed to the 386th District Court in 1999 and has been re-elected 4 times. The 386th District Court is a Juvenile Delinquency Court that handles criminal matters involving children under the age of 17. During her time on the bench, Judge Parker has handled more than 29,000 juvenile cases. In addition to her regular juvenile docket, Judge Parker presides over three specialty courts: Restore Court for adolescent victims of human sex trafficking, the 386th Drug Court for drug dependent youth, and Crossroads, a mental health program for girls that was recently awarded the 2016 Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Award for the Western Region by the National Criminal Justice Association. In 2011, the Governor appointed Judge Parker to the Executive Board of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, the state agency overseeing juvenile justice across the state. She is the Chair of the Bexar County Juvenile Board and has served in that capacity since 2010. She previously served as the Local Administrative Judge for the Bexar County District Courts. Judge Parker is board certified in Juvenile Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is 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.
Laura earned a B.A. in Hispanic Studies from Vassar College in 1987 and graduated cum laude from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 1992. Judge Parker is active with several non-profits dedicated to improving the lives of children. She serves on the board of directors for Communities in Schools, the ChildSafe Advisory Council, and is active with SA 100 and Impact San Antonio. In her spare time she enjoys travelling with her family, playing tennis and watching her daughter play soccer.