Meet your Harris County, Texas Family Law Judges

New Elected Family Court Judge:

Julia Maldonado – 507th Judicial District Court – Democrat

Judge Julia MaldonadoJulia Maldonado is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  She is a graduate of Unversity of Houston-Downtown with a BBA in Accounting and a JD from Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law.  Judge Maldonado has been practicing for over 17 years in the areas of Family, Criminal, and Probate law.  She has run for a variety of offices, and after many years of aspiring to public office, she was elected Judge of the 507th Family Court in 2016.


Returning Family Court Judges:

Charley Prine – 246th Judicial District Court

Judge Charley Prine - 246th Family CourtPreviously the Associate Judge for the 309th Judicial District Court, Charley Prine has been elected to replace longtime Judge Jim York, who has been on the bench since 2002. Prine was appointed as Associate Judge in 2011.

Prine is attended UTEP and South Texas College of Law. He has almost two decades of legal experience in family law.  Prine is a conservative Republican that believes marriage is between a man and a woman and is also pro-life.

Prine is married to his high school sweetheart and has two children.

Republican John Schmude – 247th Judicial District Court

Judge John Schmude
John Schmude, a lifetime resident of the Houston area, was elected to replace retiring Judge Bonnie Crane Hellums and will take the bench of the 247th Judicial District Court. Schmude graduated from South Texas College of Law and the University of Massachusetts.

Schmude intends to set aside the long standing policy in the 247th District Court of denying parents access to their children when they have not filed a certificate of completion of a court mandated parenting course.

Schmude has a wife and two children.


Alicia Franklin – 311th Judicial District Court

Judge Alicia K. Franklin
Republican Alicia Franklin was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to replace controversial Judge Denise Pratt when Pratt stepped down from the bench in August 2014. Judge Franklin has now won the election and will serve a full term as Judge of the 311th Judicial District Court.

Franklin graduated from Mount Mercy College and St. Mary’s Law School in San Antonio. She has been in private practice specializing in family law since becoming licensed in 2003.

Franklin does not take the “cookie cutter” approach to family law. She believes her compassion and knowledge of complex family law will help her assist the families of Harris County in their legal endeavors.

Ms. Franklin is also an active volunteer for the 100 Club, Habitat for Humanity, JFK Middle School, and an active member at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church. She has also completed three Houston marathons.

Judge Roy Moore – 245th Judicial District Court

Judge Roy Moore – 245th Judicial District CourtIncumbent Republican Roy Moore has been re-elected as Judge of the 245th Judicial District Court. Moore is a recognized authority on family law; he frequently presents at continuing legal education conferences as well as is an adjunct professor at South Texas College of Law. Moore and his wife have two young children.



Judge Judy Warne – 257th Judicial District Court

judge-judy-warneRepublic Judge Judy Warne, who has been on the bench since 2005, was re-elected to her position as Judge of the 257th Judicial District Court. Warne received her undergraduate degree from University of St. Thomas and her law degree from University of Houston.

Warne was in private practice with a focus on family law for 25 years prior to becoming a judge.



Judge James Lombardino – 308th Judicial District Court

Judge James LombardinoLombardino defeated his Democratic opponent with 53% of the vote. Lombardino is a native Texan who graduated from University of Houston and received his law degree from South Texas College of Law. Lombardino has been a member of the Houston Bar Association for the past 25 years.

Lombardino believes in putting children first and holding people responsible for their own actions and decisions.



Judge Sheri Y. Dean – 309th Judicial District Court

Judge Sheri DeanJudge Sheri Y. Dean defeated her Democratic opponent with 53% of the vote in this election. She was appointed by the governor as well as elected as Judge of the 309th District Court.

Dean graduated from the University of Texas and received her law degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston.


Judge Lisa Millard – 310th Judicial District Court

Judge Lisa MillardJudge Lisa Millard received her law degree from South Texas College of Law. She is a native Houstonian and has been on the bench for almost 19 years. She ran unopposed in this year’s election.

Judge Millard has one child and is a proud grandmother.



Judge David Farr – 312th Judicial District Court

judge-david-farrFormer JAG and associate judge David Farr has been re-elected as Judge of the 312th Judicial District Court. Farr attended Texas A&M and received his law degree from Texas Southern University. He was appointed associate judge in 2005 and from there was elected judge of the 312th.

Farr served another stint as JAG in Iraq before again running for judge in 2010. Farr is Family Law Board certified.

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