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Stephani Walsh

As YOUR judge of the 45th District Court for 3 + years Judge Stephani Walsh combines her skills learned as a former emergency room nurse with her 30 years of legal experience to assess and adjudicate hundreds of cases involving serious issues impacting the lives of men, women, and children of Bexar County.

A civil court the 45th District Court hears cases involving primarily family law matters as well as all types of commercial litigation, personal injury, oil and gas, and landlord-tenant. As a trial attorney with a renowned personal injury firm for 7 years she gained substantial trial experience that has proven invaluable to Judge Walsh as she presided over jury trials involving serious injuries and complex issues of oil and gas and commercial litigation.

Judge Stephani Walsh finds her Board Certification by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Family Law especially helpful in rendering difficult, often heart wrenching decisions in the divorce, child modification, child abuse and neglect cases (child protection cases) that come before her on a daily basis.

As YOUR judge of the 45th District Court for 3 ½ years Judge Stephani Walsh combines her skills learned as a former emergency room nurse with her 30 years of legal experience and her Board Certification in Family Law to assess and adjudicate (make often difficult decisions in ) hundreds of cases involving serious issues impacting the lives of men, women, and children of Bexar County.

Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Family Law in 1996, Judge Stephani Walsh is especially qualified to hear family law matters which make up more than 85% of the cases heard daily on the Civil side of the courthouse.


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Renée Yanta

Judge Renée Yanta has served as a District Court Judge for almost seven years. She has practiced law since November 1993—just shy of 25 years. As a partner in her law firm, she built a nation-wide appellate and business litigation practice and served as the first woman chair of USLAW. Before starting her legal career, Judge Yanta was a public school teacher for 9 years.

Presiding over the 150th District Court, Judge Yanta handles civil litigation, including medical malpractice, complex business and construction disputes. She also handles family law, from divorce to contested custody. Most important, she has handled hundreds of child protection cases, focused on protecting children and, if possible, helping mothers and fathers heal and develop into safe and good parents.

While presiding over child protection cases, Judge Renée saw the special challenges faced by teen girls stuck in Foster Care. So she deployed her judicial resources to change the lives of these amazing young women, creating a healing program—called PEARLS Court, which she administers at night and on weekends (after finishing the rest of her docket). With the help of hundreds of volunteers, PEARLS Court has served over 60 teen girls, providing trauma-informed therapy, Judge Renée’s strong oversight, mentorship, and life-skill training.

With a “village” of women volunteers, PEARLS Girls become empowered, enabling them to graduate from high school, wait to become pregnant, focus on serving others, and build stronger futures.

Judge Yanta’s foundational principle is from Micah 6:8: Do justice, love mercy, walk humbly.


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Richard Price

Judge Richard Price presently serves the citizens of Bexar County as Judge of the 285th District Court. A native of San Antonio, his legal career spans over 29 years as a well-known highly respected trial attorney, mediator and Judge. He was rated one of the Best Lawyers in San Antonio in Scene in S.A. Magazine publications 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010.

Judge Price has served as a District Court Judge for over nine years. During his time as a Judge, Judge Price has been consistently rated as one of the top Civil District Court Judges in Bexar County. In the 2011-2012 Judicial Survey, Judge Price tied for the 2nd highest rating for Judges Performance of all Civil District Court Judges in Bexar County. In a March 2014 S.A. Scene Judicial Report Card, Judge Price received an “A” grade of 95.13. In a more recent 2017 Judicial Poll, Judge Price rated 90% in the area of Works Hard, rated 91% in the area of Punctual, rated 92% in the area of Temperament and rated 90% in the area of Performance. Widely recognized for his wisdom, calm demeanor and respect for everyone, Judge Price deserves to be re-elected.

Clint Lawson

Clint Lawson is the Republican nominee for Judge of the 288th District Court. He holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from South Texas College of Law and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston.

Clint’s 22-year legal career and qualifications exceed those you would expect of your judge. Since Family Law cases dominate the docket of the 288th District Court, Clint’s designation as “Family Law Board Certified” by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization is a valuable attribute. Clint is an experienced trial attorney who has participated in each stage of the appellate process, including the presentation of an oral argument to the Texas Supreme Court.

The mastery of the Texas Rules of Evidence is a prerequisite for a judge to fairly adjudicate a court trial. Clint’s demonstrated accomplishments as a trial attorney plus board certification are strong indicators of his superior competence in this area.

Clint is a recognized leader within the Bexar County legal community. He is the immediate past president of the San Antonio Family Lawyers Association and is a “2016 Pro Bono Partner” with Disability Rights Texas for his work with disabled Texans. Clint is rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating Service and is a Fellow of both the Texas Bar College and American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

On a personal note, Clint is married to Marline Carter Lawson, a San Antonio native, a stepfather to their 6 grown children, and grandfather of 4.


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Marialyn Barnard

Marialyn Barnard has served on the Texas Fourth Court of Appeals since January 1, 2009, when then Governor Perry appointed her to the bench. After serving two years as an appointed appellate justice, the people of Texas elected and re-elected Justice Barnard to continue serving on the appellate court. As an appellate justice, Justice Barnard has written well over 1,000 civil and criminal opinions from the South Texas 32 county district. As a proud Texan born into a military family, Marialyn Barnard has a strong work ethic, a drive for excellence in her work, and a deep commitment to the Constitution and rule of law. She is dedicated to serving the people of our great State of Texas and our great United States of America.


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Rebecca Simmons

Rebecca Simmons is a fifth generation Texan and a third generation attorney. She has the judicial and legal experience necessary for the Fourth Court of Appeals and the temperament and work ethic to make the court efficient and responsive to the people it serves.

After twenty years in private practice, she was appointed and then elected District Judge of the 408th District Court in Bexar County. In May 2005, she was appointed and then elected to serve as a Justice on the Fourth Court of Appeals in San Antonio. In 2006 she was specially commissioned to hear a case as a Justice on the Texas Supreme Court. Since returning to private practice in 2013, Rebecca continues to sit as a visiting judge at both the trial and appellate court levels across the State.

Rebecca’s broad legal experience provides unique insight into the types of cases that go before the Fourth Court of Appeals. For over 20 years, Rebecca has served as an adjunct professor at St. Mary’s Law School. Before serving on the district court, she practiced at Cox & Smith, Inc. and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in San Antonio, where she specialized in complex litigation. She has served as Associate General Counsel for Acelity, LLP, a worldwide wound care company, overseeing a broad range of litigation. In addition to her judicial duties, Rebecca provides arbitration and mediation services through her firm RebeccaSimmonsPLLC. Rebecca is a noted author and speaker on a variety of legal topics including technology and appellate and trial practice.

Rebecca is active in her service to the community. She is Chair of the Judicial Committee on Information Technology, which advises the Texas Supreme Court on technology issues including access to court records. She serves as a Director of the State Bar of Texas, a Litigation Section Council member, and a member of the Court Rules Committee. Rebecca belongs to Our Lady of Grace parish where she serves on the Evangelization and Parish Outreach Committees and has taught sixth grade students about the Old Testament for over 20 years.

Rebecca is a graduate of Baylor University School of Law where she served as a notes and comments editor for the Baylor Law Review. After law school, she served as a briefing attorney for the Texas Supreme Court. A recipient of an International Rotary Fellowship, Rebecca continued her legal studies at Durham University in England prior to settling in San Antonio.

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