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Tuesday January 19, 2021

Judge Holly T. Williamson Honored by Texas Bar Foundation

Hon. Holly T. Williamson, Harris County Justice of the Peace 8-1, has been elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation. Fellows of the Foundation are selected for their outstanding professional achievements and their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of the justice system throughout the state of Texas. Election is a mark of distinction and recognition of Judge Williamson's contributions to the legal profession.

Selection as a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation is restricted to members of the State Bar of Texas. Each year one-third of one percent of Texas attorneys are invited to become Fellows. Once nominees are selected, they must be elected by the Texas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees. Membership has grown from an initial 255 Charter Members in 1965 to more than 10,000 Fellows throughout Texas today.

The Texas Bar Foundation is the largest charitably funded bar foundation in the country. Founded in 1965 by lawyers determined to assist the public and improve the profession of law, the Texas Bar Foundation has maintained its mission of using the financial contributions of its membership to build a strong justice system for all Texans. To date, the Texas Bar Foundation has distributed more than $21 million throughout Texas to assist nonprofit organizations with a wide range of justice-related programs, and services. For more information, contact the Texas Bar Foundation at

Tuesday December 15, 2020 |

Governor Abbott Appoints Three To Texas County And District Retirement System Board Of Trustees
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Tammy Biggar, Christopher "Chris" Taylor, and Holly Williamson to the Texas County and District Retirement System Board of Trustees for terms set to expire on December 31, 2025. The board oversees a retirement system for employees and retirees of more than 780 counties and districts, including hospital districts, water districts, emergency services districts and others.

Tammy Biggar of Bonham is the County Clerk and Voter Registrar of Fannin County, where she leads voter registration and elections, and supports the county's courts at law. She is a member of the North Texas Public Information Officers Association and the Board of the Fannin County Family Crises Center, and she is a former Secretary of the Board for the Northeast Texas Election Administrators. She volunteers with the Fannin County Family Crises Center, as a Disaster Action Team member with the Red Cross and with her church.

Christopher "Chris" Taylor of Fort Worth is an Assistant District Attorney in the Civil Division in the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office. He serves as a member of the advisory board of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, and is a member of the Texas District & County Attorneys Association. He volunteers as a board member of the Women's Center of Tarrant County and the Alliance for Children. Taylor received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of North Texas and a Juris Doctor degree from the Texas Tech University School of Law.

Holly Williamson of Houston is a Harris County Justice of the Peace for Precinct 8, Place 1. She is a board member of the Association of Business and Professional Women and the Justices of the Peace and Constables Association, where she serves as chair of judicial education. She volunteers as a member of the board of trustees of Houston Methodist Clear Lake Hospital, as a member of the Clear Lake Panhellenic Association, and in her church community, and she is a former board member of the Pasadena Education Foundation. Williamson received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics from Southwest Texas State University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Houston School of Law.

Monday June 3, 2019

Hon. Brian Babin Congratulating Judge Holly Williamson on Being Named the 2018 Texas Judge of the Year

Hon. Brian Babin Congratulating Judge Holly Williamson on Being Named the 2018 Texas Judge of the Year

Friday May 17, 2019

Mayor Jeff Wagner's Proclamation of Judge Holly Williamson Day

Mayor Jeff Wagner's Proclamation of Judge Holly Williamson Day

Tuesday July 11, 2017 |

Texas Justice of the Peace and Constable Association Appoint Judge Holly Williamson of Harris County Chair of Eduaction Committee

(HOUSTON - July 11, 2017) Today, the Texas Justice of the Peace and Constable Associates (JPCA), the largest association of elected officials in the State of Texas, appointed Judge Holly Williamson of Harris County Chair of the Education Committee. Williamson will lead the association in the judicial education of more than 800 Justices of the Peace across Texas.

"I am honored to be selected the Chair of TJCTC Education Committee. Judicial education is a key component in administering justice in the people’s court." Said Judge Williamson. "I look forward to serving as the Chair, and am proud to be involved with the education of the judges who are on the front lines of the Texas justice court system."

Since 1958, the TJCTC has been providing judicial education for its members through schools, seminars, workshops and webinars in order to help them better serve the people of the State of Texas.

Judge Williamson was sworn into office as the Justice of the Peace for Harris County, Precinct 8 on January 1, 2009. She served as Co-Presiding and Presiding Judge for the 16 Justice Courts in Harris County from 2009-2015. She has been a professional member of the TJCTC Education Committee and has also served as a faculty member of TJCTC since 2009.

Tuesday October 16, 2012 |

Houston Bar Association Releases Results of 2012 Judicial Preference Poll

(HOUSTON - October 16, 2012) The Houston Bar Association (HBA) today released the results of its 2012 Judicial Preference Poll. The results are posted on the HBA Web site,

The Judicial Preference Poll is not an endorsement by the Houston Bar Association.*

In each election year, the HBA asks its members to indicate their preference in contested judicial and some administrative races. The 2012 Judicial Preference Poll includes Democratic, Green, Libertarian and Republican candidates in contested races for the Supreme Court of Texas, the Court of Criminal Appeals, the Houston Courts of Appeals, Harris County District Courts, Harris County Courts at Law, a Justice of the Peace Court, Harris County Attorney and Harris County District Attorney. There were 11,646 polls mailed out to HBA members, with 1,762 members returning polls, or a return rate of 15 percent.

Believing that an informed electorate is vital to the efficient administration of justice, the Houston Bar Association has conducted judicial polls since the early 1970s.

*The Judicial Preference Poll is not an endorsement by the Houston Bar Association and any use of the information contained in this poll, including publication of advertising, must reflect that the poll is not an endorsement by the Houston Bar Association.

The Houston Bar Association is a nonprofit, professional organization for attorneys. The HBA, the fifth largest metropolitan bar association in the nation, provides professional development, education and service programs for the legal profession and the community.

2012 Judicial Preference Poll

Tuesday October 2, 2012 |

Judge Williamson's experience and judicial temperament make her the voters' clear choice.

In Texas, as in most of the country, candidates for justice of the peace do not have to be lawyers. This makes more sense in some places than others. Sparsely populated rural counties may have difficulty finding attorneys qualified to hold the position. Cases decided in the courts can be appealed to higher courts in a way that grants unsatisfied parties the opportunity for a do-over. And the lower stakes of justice of the peace courts - Class C misdemeanor criminal cases and minor civil matters, such as traffic tickets - don't always require full expertise with the law. But often they do. And in those circumstances, justices of the peace lacking a legal education will sometimes give a call to lawyers like Judge Holly Williamson, the current Justice of the Peace for Precinct 8, Place 1, and our choice in that race.

A graduate of the University of Houston Law Center and a certified mediator, Judge Williamson was elected to her position in the 2008 election and is well qualified to serve a second term. Administering a court that handles more than 20,000 cases a year, Williamson oversees both civil and criminal matters, such as traffic cases, hot checks and evictions.

Williamson, a Republican, also runs the truancy docket, an often overlooked but deeply important separate docket that exclusively addresses cases of students skipping school. Truancy can be a hazardous step along the school to prison pipeline, so we're especially supportive of Williamson's involvement with the Harris County Stay in School program, which successfully uses warning letters and diversion agreements to reduce truancy and keep kids out of juvenile district court.

In this race, Judge Williamson faces Democratic challenger Tommy Ginn. We like Ginn's passion for fairness and equal treatment, but we favor the legal background that Williamson brings to the post. Williamson's experience and judicial temperament make her the voters' clear choice.
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