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Judge Janet Heppard | 387th Family Court

Judge Janet Heppard - 387th Family Court


Judge Janet Heppard has presided over the 387th Court since January 1, 2021. Her current term ends in 2024.

Judge Heppard graduated from the University of Houston Law Center in 1993 with a joint J.D./M.B.A. The vast majority of her legal career has been dedicated to service. In 1995, she was hired as a staff attorney for the University of Houston Law Center’s clinical program in the area of family law. She then became the Clinic Director in 2008 and a full Clinical Professor in 2019. University of Houston Law Center’s clinical program provides free legal services to low income members of the community, who would likely go without representation without the clinic’s assistance.

She has received numerous awards for her dedication to service, including the “Longevity of Exemplary Service to the Houston Bar Association Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program” Award from the Houston Bar Association and an “Award of Merit” from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for her work on Hague Convention cases. In addition to her clinical work, she has taught classes over subjects such as domestic violence and immigration and family law.

She is a wife and a mother to three children. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering with the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts as an archery instructor. Prior to taking the bench, she enjoyed volunteering with the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program.

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  • University of Houston Law Center, J.D. and M.B.A., 1993
  • Wright State University (Dayton, Ohio), B.S. in Geology and Geophysics, 1981




Elected in November 2020


None, at the time of the publication of this post


Democratic Party


Prior to law school, she worked as a geophysicist for an oil and gas company for 8 years.



Court Phone: (281) 238-3290
Associate Judge: Hon. Richard Bell
Coordinator: Janie Gaeta
Court Reporter: Minnie Cadena-Doyle


Fort Bend County Courthouse, Courtroom 3H
1422 Eugene Heimann Circle
Richmond, Texas 77469



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