Court at Law Two

About Judge Laura BarkerJustice Center

On June 7, 2016, following her run-off election victory, Judge Laura Barker was appointed by the Commissioners Court as judge of Williamson County Court at Law Two. Judge Barker was sworn in on June 17, 2016.

Prior to being appointed as judge, Judge Barker had a private law practice concentrating in criminal and juvenile law. She previously served as President of the Williamson County Bar Association, is a Co-Founder of the Women Lawyer’s Section of the Williamson County Bar Association and is a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, an honor bestowed on only the top third of 1% of Texas attorneys each year.

Judge Barker graduated from Bowie High School in Austin, Texas in 1995. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas in 1999. She received her law degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas in 2002.

As judge of County Court at Law #2, Judge Barker handles criminal cases, civil cases, mental health cases, and is the presiding judge of the Veterans Treatment Court and the misdemeanor DWI/Drug Court Program.  Judge Barker was recognized by the Women Lawyer’s Section of the Williamson County Bar Association for Commitment to Community Outreach in 2019 and awarded the Judiciary Service Award by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) for a judge that has gone above and beyond to eliminate and prevent drunk driving in 2020 and 2022.

Judge Barker currently serves on the Texas Center for the Judiciary’s DWI Curriculum Committee and Texas Judicial Commission on Mental Health’s Collaborative Council.  She has served on the Texas Association of Specialty Courts Awards Committee and DWI/Mental Health/Veterans Courts Legislative Sub-Committee in 2022-2023.  In addition, she has spoken at the Texas Center for the Judiciary’s DWI Advanced conference for Specialty Courts and the Annual County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas conference.  

The misdemeanor DWI/Drug Court Program and the Williamson County Veterans Treatment Court have been recognized as specialty courts by the Office of the Governor.  In recognition for their outstanding work, the DWI/Drug Court team was awarded the Spotlight on Success Outstanding DWI Court Team by the Texas Center for the Judiciary in 2018.  Furthermore, in 2019, the DWI/Drug Court team was awarded the Judge Ruben G. Reyes Outstanding Specialty Court Team by the Texas Association of Specialty Courts for “effective teamwork and utilizing best practice standards to save souls.”  In 2024, the misdemeanor DWI/Drug Court Program was used as a “model court” by the Texas Center for the Judiciary for training purposes for other specialty courts in Texas.  

Uncontested Docket Call

The call is on Monday and Wednesday at 8:45 am.