The Texas Municipal Courts Association named Judge J. Elaine Marshall as the TMCA 2017 Outstanding Judge. This award is bestowed annually to a Texas municipal judge who demonstrates excellence in the fair administration of justice.
Marshall was nominated on behalf of the City of Houston municipal judges and court staff who share the collective opinion that Marshall’s numerous personal and professional accomplishments embody the scope of this award and earns her a place in the top echelon of jurists state-wide. The nomination highlighted her exceptional leadership in directing the largest court system in Texas to a high level of integrity and transparency. Since her appointment as Director and Presiding Judge in December 2016 by Mayor Sylvester Turner, she has worked toward the goal of raising the bar in a positive engagement of the stakeholders, and most importantly, the public which is served. One of her major accomplishments is Houston’s Teen Court Program, which she re-organized in 2013 and has since supervised and built into one of the premier programs in the community.
Marshall has served the City of Houston for 30 years. She was confirmed as a full-time municipal judge in 1987, then served as administrative judge and, later, was appointed associate presiding judge. She is currently the chair of the Municipal Court Judges Section of the State Bar of Texas.
TMCA was established over 40 years ago, and represents over 1,000 Judges and Court Staff in the State of Texas. It is one of the largest organizations of its kind in the United States.