ABOUT SUSAN 2017-08-27T23:21:03+00:00


  • Eliminated backlogs in the civil and criminal docket;
  • Recognized by Judge Sarah Eckhardt as the “Champion of Innovation in the JP Courts” for leading the courts to implement cloud-based case management software
  • Established nationally-recognized truancy prevention program in partnership with AISD, LTISD, the Travis County Correctional Center, and the Schools of Social Work at the University of Texas and Texas State University
  • Piloted program with Parking Mobility to increase awareness of disability parking laws through enforcement and education
  • Improved transportation access by obtaining bus service to the Travis County Precinct 3 campus which includes a WIC Clinic and the Community Care Health Center

Qualifications and Experience

Legal and Executive Experience

  • Licensed by the Supreme Court of Texas in 1978
  • Attorney with experience in private, government, legal aid, and non-profit practice
  • Practice areas in family, consumer, administrative law
  • General Counsel, Texas Department of Health 1992-2004 (retired)
  • Managed an administrative docket enforcing environmental, health facility, and health professional practice
  • Developed legislation and regulations to improve public health and safety
  • Managed staff of 42 and a budget of $2.3 million

Professional Leadership

  • State Bar of Texas Health Law Section Council, 1995-1996
  • State Bar of Texas Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee, 1999-2000
  • Executive Women in Texas Government, Financial Officer and Treasurer 2002-2003
  • Public Health Law Association, Interim Executive Director, 2005
  • Texas AIDS Network, Chair 1991
  • Granada Homeowners Association, Treasurer 1998-1999

Academic Achievement

  • University of Texas Law School, 1975-1977, J.D.
  • University of Texas, 1971-1975, B.A. with Honors
  • Governor’s Executive Development Program, LBJ School of Public  Affairs, 1997

Community Service

  • Rotary Club of Austin-Southwest, Active member and President 2013-14
  • Austin Community College – Member Pinnacle Campus Advisory Committee, 2009-present
  • Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, Volunteer Attorney 1992 to 2006
  • Capital Area AIDS Legal Project Advisory Committee, Member 1992-1998