Beyond the Bench: Law, Justice, and Communities Summit

Member List 


  • Justice Ada Brown, 5th Court of Appeals, Dallas
  • Justice Marc Brown, 14th Court of Appeals, Houston
  • Judge Darlene Byrne, 126th District Court, Austin
  • Presiding Judge Sharon Keller, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Austin
  • Judge Lawrence Lujan, Ysleta del Sur Pueblo, El Paso
  • Judge Michael Schneider, 315th District Court, Houston
  • Judge Carlos Villalon, Child Protection Court Rio Grande Valley West, Edinburgh
  • Judge Cyndi Wheless, 417Th District Court, McKinney

Attorneys/State Bar

  • Sam Houston, Texas Young Lawyers Asscociation, San Antonio
  • Michelle Fraga, Fraga Law Firm, Houston
  • Marie Jamison, Wright & Close, Houston
  • Carmen Roe, Carmen Roe Law Firm, Houston


  • Gary Bledsoe, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Austin
  • Chantel Hobbs, Dallas Faces Race, consultant, Dallas
  • Sarah Cotton Nelson, Communities Foundation of Texas, Dallas

National Center for State Courts

  • Mary McQueen, Washington D.C.
  • Chief Judge Eric Washington, D.C. Court of Appeals, Washington D.C.


  • Chief Art Acevedo, Police Department, Houston
  • Erwin Ballarta (formerly Texas Department of Public Safety), Austin

Office of Court Administration

  • David Slayton, Austin

Judicial Council

  • Rick Figueroa, UBS Financial Services, Inc., Houston


  • Dannie Archie, Faith Leader, Waco


  • President Michael Sorrell, Paul Quinn College, Dallas


  • Jason Villalba, State Representative, District 114, Dallas

Disproportionality Expert

  • Sheila Craig, Texas Center for the Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities, Austin