Rodriguez says she will seek another term as court at law judge
Judge Linda A. Rodriguez announces her candidacy for re-election to Hays County Court at Law No. 2, a position she has held since 1990.
The two County Courts at Law in Hays County preside over cases including criminal misdemeanors, civil cases, probate of wills and estates, guardianships, mental health commitments, land condemnations and appeals from municipal and justice courts. They share jurisdiction with the District Courts on family law cases. Judge Rodriguez is also the Juvenile Judge for Hays County and chairs the Hays County Juvenile Board.
Judge Rodriguez was recently selected by Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson to serve as one of 12 judges on the Texas Judicial Council, a policy-making body for the Texas judiciary that submits recommendations to the Legislature, the Governor and the Supreme Court. “I am deeply honored by this appointment and look forward to applying my years of experience on the Bench to make the judicial system better for all Texans,” she said.
Judge Rodriguez graduated from San Marcos High School, UT-Austin with a Bachelor of Journalism, and The University of Texas School of Law. Returning to Hays County after passing the bar in 1982, she began her practice here as a criminal, probate and family lawyer. She also served as Legal Aid Attorney for Community Action and Students Legal Advisor at Texas State University.
She was the first female and first Hispanic prosecutor in Hays and Caldwell counties, as well as the first female and only Hispanic judicial candidate elected county-wide in Hays County history. Past President of the Hays County Bar Association, she has chaired the County Grievance Committee and is a board member for the LBJ Museum of San Marcos and the Hays County Bail Bond Board.
She is a frequent speaker at Shattered Dreams presentations at area high schools, and participated in a video production jointly sponsored by UT Austin and Texas State University on the dangers of DWI. A new endeavor involves working with the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, teaching tribal judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys practicing in Native American tribal courts across the nation.
Judge Rodriguez has lived in Hays County for 45 years and raised her three children here. “It is a privilege to serve, and I remind myself daily of this public trust. Seeking truth and justice in the courtroom continues to be exciting and fulfilling because every case is unique. I remain committed to making our courts the best reflection of the ideals set forth by our Founding Fathers.”