Endorsements

Rosie Alvarado

As the daughter of a well-respected attorney, community activist, and former State Legislator Leo Alvarado, Jr., it was never a question of “if” Rosie Alvarado would follow in her father’s footsteps but “when”.

Rosie was born, raised, and educated here in Bexar County. She grew up in a community service oriented family where she was taught that serving her community is the highest honor that an individual can achieve.  She is a graduate of St. Mary’s University and St. Mary’s Law School.

Rosie Alvarado is running for the 438th District Court.  This Court hears matters involving divorce, child support and custody, title to land, tax lien and foreclosures, personal injury, breach of contract,  and other civil disputes. Rosie Alvarado brings a diverse legal background to the bench.  A successful trial attorney, Rosie handles complex litigation in a variety of cases.  In State Court she has represented individuals in serious “high-stakes” personal injury, family law, small business, and criminal cases.  She also enjoys a strong federal civil litigation practice in the areas of whistleblower law (a.k.a. False Claims Act litigation), police misconduct trials, and color of law cases.  Rosie is well rounded and uniquely qualified for the bench.

As a life-long Democrat, Rosie believes our legal system should serve as the foundation that protects and guarantees our rights and freedoms.  Rosie chose to run for three reasons: (1) to ensure all litigants before this Court enjoy equal access and receive fair treatment under the law, (2) to continue the family tradition of public service, and (3) to continue serving as a real and tangible role model for her children.

The General election is on Tuesday, November 8, 2016; and early voting begins Monday, October 24th at 8:00 a.m. and ends on Friday, November 4th at 8:00 p.m.

Rosie Alvarado has a long history of serving her community. She is an advisory board member to the San Antonio Crime Coalition, Chair of the St. John’s Lutheran Academy School Board, Girl Scout Troop Leader, and committed volunteer providing pro bono representation to the indigent.  She also served previously in the capacities of board president for her homeowner’s association, a mentor with the Girls and Ladies Sports program and the Harlandale High School Diversified Career Preparation Class.

Laura Parker

As the first Judge of the 386th District Court, I have proudly served the people of Bexar County since 1999. The 386th District Court is a juvenile delinquency court handling the criminal cases of Bexar County children under the age of seventeen. My mission is to help troubled kids get back on track while ensuring accountability and community safety. I am dedicated to improving the lives of the children and families involved in the Bexar County juvenile justice system.

I was born in Austin and raised in San Antonio. I am the daughter of local attorney, George Parker Jr. and Julie Parker. I attended public high school in San Antonio and then left Texas to pursue a college degree. I received my B.A. in Hispanic Studies from Vassar College where I also played varsity tennis. I then returned to San Antonio to attend St. Mary’s University School of Law, graduating cum laude with my Juris Doctor in 1992. My first job after law school was as an Assistant District Attorney, where I prosecuted a wide variety of cases. My last assignment in the District Attorney’s office, before being appointed to the bench, was as a first chair prosecutor in charge of a felony trial division. In my years as a prosecutor, I prosecuted in the juvenile division, felony trial division, family justice and victim protection division, and the DWI task force. I specialized in the prosecution of juvenile cases, the prosecution of child sex offenders and the prosecution of intoxication manslaughter cases.

In 1999, I was appointed by the Governor to the newly created 386th District Court. I have been board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Juvenile Law since 2002, and I serve as the Chair of the Bexar County Juvenile Board. I previously served as the Local Administrative Judge for the Bexar County District Courts. In 2011, the Governor appointed me to serve on the Executive Board of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, the state agency overseeing juvenile justice in Texas. I am the only Judge in Texas to hold a position on the TJJD Board.

In addition to my regular court duties, I preside over three special court programs that focus on the root problems causing delinquency and involvement in the criminal justice system. One is a juvenile drug court which targets kids who are involved in the court system because of their dependence on drugs. Another is a nationally recognized mental health diversion program for girls, aimed at addressing the mental health needs of junior high aged girls before they become extensively involved in the juvenile system. My most recent specialty court is “Restore Court” which provides specialized services for adolescent victims of human sex trafficking.

I also support non-profit organizations that are dedicated to addressing the causes of juvenile delinquency as well as reducing incidents of abuse and neglect. Currently, I serve on the board of Communities in Schools, a drop-out prevention organization, and the ChildSafe Advisory Council, which provides services to abused children.

On a personal note, I have been married to pediatrician, Fred Rhame, for 16 years and we have a 14 year old daughter who is a ninth grader.

During my 17 years as a Juvenile Judge, I have presided over more than 29,000 juvenile cases. My commitment to addressing the needs of at-risk youth and their families is unwavering. I am honored to hold the position of Juvenile Judge and I understand the depth of responsibility that is required. I feel that I have the personality and the experience to successfully put our young citizens on a better path.

Norma Gonzales

Born & bred in San Antonio, I grew up on the deep Southside. My Dad worked Civil Service at Kelly AFB as an aircraft mechanic. My Mom was a domestic Goddess. I have 3 siblings.  I went to Rice for Undergrad. UT Law. Then back to SA! I have been married for 14 years. My husband is a former Professional Rodeo Clown & Bull Rider.  We love to fish and we love our Spurs!!!

I’ve been a trial lawyer my entire career, over 30 years. The courtroom is my second home. Besides criminal trial work as both Prosecutor & Defense, Civil Litigation as both Plaintiff and Defense Attorney I’ve practiced Family Law for over 15 years. I am proud to have been appointed by local district judges to serve as an Amicus Attorney for children involved in divorces, modifications & original Suits Affecting Parent Child Relationship. Since 1999 I’ve served as Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at St. Mary’s Law School essentially teaching future lawyers how to try a case before a jury. Proudly selected to be a member of ABOTA (American Board of Trial Advocates) and former President of the local SA Chapter. Its membership nationwide consists of civil trial attorneys from both plaintiff and defense who have tried a certain number of jury trials but also sustain high level of ethics and civility. I am 1 of only 6 female attorneys in the local chapter.

My intent is to use my 30+ years of legal experience, including over 100 jury trials   as a trial lawyer, having represented plaintiffs and defendants, along with 15 years of family law litigation experience to provide a level playing field to all parties. I will seek to encourage civility in the courtroom and support trial by jury to those who request it.

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