As the first Judge of the 386th District Court, I have proudly served the people of Bexar County since 1999. The 386th District Court is a juvenile delinquency court handling the criminal cases of Bexar County children under the age of seventeen. My mission is to help troubled kids get back on track while ensuring accountability and community safety. I am dedicated to improving the lives of the children and families involved in the Bexar County juvenile justice system.
I was born in Austin and raised in San Antonio. I am the daughter of local attorney, George Parker Jr. and Julie Parker. I attended public high school in San Antonio and then left Texas to pursue a college degree. I received my B.A. in Hispanic Studies from Vassar College where I also played varsity tennis. I then returned to San Antonio to attend St. Mary’s University School of Law, graduating cum laude with my Juris Doctor in 1992.
My first job after law school was as an Assistant District Attorney, where I prosecuted a wide variety of cases. My last assignment in the District Attorney’s office, before being appointed to the bench, was as a first chair prosecutor in charge of a felony trial division. In my years as a prosecutor, I prosecuted in the juvenile division, felony trial division, family justice and victim protection division, and the DWI task force. I specialized in the prosecution of juvenile cases, the prosecution of child sex offenders and the prosecution of intoxication manslaughter cases.
In 1999, I was appointed by the Governor to the newly created 386th District Court. I have been board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Juvenile Law since 2002, and I serve as the Chair of the Bexar County Juvenile Board. I previously served as the Local Administrative Judge for the Bexar County District Courts. In 2011, the Governor appointed me to serve on the Executive Board of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, the state agency overseeing juvenile justice in Texas. I am the only Judge in Texas to hold a position on the TJJD Board.
In addition to my regular court duties, I preside over three special court programs that focus on the root problems causing delinquency and involvement in the criminal justice system. One is a juvenile drug court which targets kids who are involved in the court system because of their dependence on drugs. Another is a nationally recognized mental health diversion program for girls, aimed at addressing the mental health needs of junior high aged girls before they become extensively involved in the juvenile system. My most recent specialty court is “Restore Court” which provides specialized services for adolescent victims of human sex trafficking.
I also support non-profit organizations that are dedicated to addressing the causes of juvenile delinquency as well as reducing incidents of abuse and neglect. Currently, I serve on the board of Communities in Schools, a drop-out prevention organization, and the ChildSafe Advisory Council, which provides services to abused children.
On a personal note, I have been married to pediatrician, Fred Rhame, for 16 years and we have a 14 year old daughter who is a ninth grader.
During my 17 years as a Juvenile Judge, I have presided over more than 29,000 juvenile cases. My commitment to addressing the needs of at-risk youth and their families is unwavering. I am honored to hold the position of Juvenile Judge and I understand the depth of responsibility that is required. I feel that I have the personality and the experience to successfully put our young citizens on a better path.