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, and is the presiding judge of the Veterans Treatment Court and the misdemeanor DWI/Drug Court Program. Judge Barker has also served on the Texas Center for the Judiciary’s DWI Curriculum Committee for the past five (5) years. In 2019, Judge Barker was recognized by the Women Lawyer’s Section of the Williamson County Bar Association for Commitment to Community Outreach and in 2020 was 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 2018, the DWI/Drug Court team was awarded the Spotlight on Success Outstanding DWI Court Team by the Texas Center for the Judiciary. 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.”
Judge Barker lives in Georgetown with her husband, Allan Jones, and her son, Gavin. Judge Barker and her family are members of Wellspring United Methodist Church in Georgetown.