The Honorable Darlene Byrne is NCJFCJ’s 71st President

August 4, 2015


The Honorable Darlene Byrne of Travis County 126th Judicial District Court is the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ (NCJFCJ) 2015-2016 president of the board of directors.

Judge Byrne has served as Judge of the 126th Judicial District Court in Travis County (Austin), Texas since 2001. Prior to serving on the bench, she practiced law for thirteen years in the areas of employment, commercial and governmental entity litigation.

A graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, Judge Byrne serves as Vice Chair to the Supreme Court of Texas’ Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families, as well as the past Chair of the Data Subcommittee for this Commission. Judge Byrne is a member of the Travis County Juvenile Justice Board, a founding team member of the Travis County Family Drug Treatment Court, and a co-chair for the Austin Do The Write Thing Challenge. She is the recipient of the Government Service Award for 2005 presented by the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association. Judge Byrne was recently honored as the prestigious 2015 National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Judge of the Year for her extraordinary work presiding over cases dealing with parental custody, substance abuse and child safety.

“It is not often one has the opportunity to work with a very special and unique person who inspires you every time you interact. For me, Judge Darlene Byrne is that person,” said Mari Kay Bickett, JD, chief executive officer of the NCJFCJ. “I know with Judge Byrne at the helm, the NCJFCJ will be doing our very best work for children, families, and victims of domestic violence who seek justice in our nation’s courtrooms.”