WHERE CAN I HELP THE MOST PEOPLE?
Maya Guerra Gamble is an Austin native who has been a trial lawyer her entire career, specializing in Child Protective Services and devoting herself to helping the most defenseless and needy among us. She is the right choice for Travis County's 459th District Court Judge.
"For me, being a Judge is about service to Travis County. I have chosen a career path by always asking myself, 'Where can I help the most people?"
As a Latina and as the child of an immigrant, Maya is fully aware that discrimination based on race and gender still take a toll on community and progress.
Maya has given her time and talent on numerous committees and boards, working to improve the lives of families involved in Child Protective Services as well as to improve the overall quality of the legal practice in the family and civil courts of Travis County and throughout Texas. Maya has also conducted continuing-legal-education presentations for local and statewide organizations, including the State Bar of Texas. In her personal life, Maya volunteers extensively as Cub Master for Pack 9 and as a Committee Member for Troop 9.
Maya and her husband Chris have been married for over 15 years and have two children, Gus and Abe. She received both her B.A. and J.D. degrees from Yale University.
•Court Appointed Family Attorneys Section, Austin Bar
-At Large Member in 2005-2007
-Mentor Chair, 2015-present
•Supreme Court Standing Commission on Children
-Task Force on Foster Children & Education, 2012-2014
-Permanent Subcommittee on Foster Children & Education, 2014-present
•Texas Children's Commission Member
-Parent Resource Guide Committee, Member, 2013-present
•Child Protective Services Committee
-Single Case Plan Committee, 2015
•Travis County Child Welfare Board
-Vice Chair 2016-present
•Executive Board Member, Capitol Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, Inc., 2018-present
•Cub Scout Pack 9
•Fulmore Middle School PTA
•Bryker Woods Elementary School PTA
•Boy Scout Troop 9
• Solo Practice, Child Welfare Attorney
• Of Counsel, O’Connell & Soifer LLP
• Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General of Texas
• Honors Program Trial Attorney, Commercial Litigation Section, U.S. Department of Justice
• Law Clerk, The Honorable Richard D. Cudahy, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
• Yale Law School, J.D., May 1996
• Yale University, B.A. with Distinction, May 1992
•The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's Law Enforcement Award, 2003
•Texas Attorney General's Merit Award, August 2002
•U.S. Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Service, June 2000
•U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Office of Inspector General's Cooperative Achievement Award, September 2000
•President's Council on Integrity & Efficiency's Award for Excellence, September 2000