The Hon. Kristen Brauchle Hawkins is a judge of the Eleventh Civil District Court in Harris County, Texas. She was elected to the District Court in 2017. At the time, Hawkins became the first woman to be elected to the seat, which is the oldest court in Texas.
She is a registered Democrat.
Hawkins graduated with her B.A. in government and Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996. She went on to earn a J.D. from South Texas College of Law Houston in 1999.
Hawkins began her legal career as an attorney with Sheehy, Serpe, and Ware, P.C. In 2004, she joined the law firm of Cruse, Scott, Henderson, and Allen, where she practiced for two years. Hawkins then briefly practiced at Faubus and Taft before becoming the founder of her own law firm in 2008. During her eight-year tenure at the Brauchle Law Firm, she represented individuals filing Social Security Disability claims. She continued to practice in this capacity until her election to the bench.
In addition to her law practice, Hawkins presided once a week over the Harris County District Courts Tax Court as an appointed Harris County Tax Master. She remained in the position until 2015. As such, she presided over non-jury trials relating to delinquent taxes.
Her memberships include the State Bar of Texas, the Houston Bar Association, the College of the State Bar of Texas, The Texas Bar Foundation (fellow), the Houston Young Lawyers Foundation, the Houston Trial Lawyers Association, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Texas Association of Consumer Lawyers, the Garland Walker Inns of Court, and the Texas Women Rainmakers. Hawkins has also served as a director of The Texas Lyceum.
She is a frequent lecturer and presenter on subjects ranging from Social Security Disability law, property tax law, courtroom procedures, technology, and the management of a small law firm.
Hawkins was born in Dallas, Texas. At the time of her election, she resided in Houston, Texas.
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