Hon. Stephen B. Ables

Kerrville, Texas

Education  + -

  • Ennis High School
    Texas - 1967
  • United States Military Academy
    1967-1968
  • Baylor University
    English Literature   1968-1971
  • Baylor Law School
    1973
  • Licensed to Practice Law
    1973

Experience  + -

  • 216th District Court of Texas
    Retired Judge ( Kerr, Kendall, Gillespie & Bandera )   Jan. 1, 1989
  • 6th Judicial Administrative Region of Texas
    Presiding Judge ( 24 Counties )
  • Appointed by Governor Bush
    1995
  • Re-appointed by Governor Bush
    2003, 2005, 2009, 2014
  • Regional Judges of Texas
    Chairman   2009 to Present
  • Texas Judiciary
    Elected Chairman   2002 to 2003
  • Texas College for New Judges
    Dean   2001 to 2012
  • Texas Center for the Judiciary
    Chairman   2002 to 2003
  • Texas Judicial Ethics Committee
    Chairman   2004 to 2007
  • Appointed to Texas Supreme Court by Governor Bush to sit for Justice Enoch who was recused from a specific case
    1996
  • Appointed to Texas Judicial Council by Governor Bush
    1995 to 1997
  • Appointed to Supreme Court Task Force on Foster Care by Chief Justice Phillips
    1998
  • Appointed to Attorney General's Child Support Advisory Work Group by Attorney General Cornyn
    2000
  • Appointed by Governor Bush as Presiding Judge of the Sixth Administration Judicial Region
    1995, 2000, 2005, 2009, 2014
  • Appointed to Court of Criminal Appeals Education Committee by Chief Justice Keller
    2001
  • Texas Association Court Administrators
    Former Advisory Director
  • Judiciary Curriculum Committee
    Former Chairman
  • University of Memphis Institute for Faculty Excellence in Judicial Education
    Faculty member and lecturer
  • Judicial Workplace Arbitrations
    Mediator and Arbitrator   Present
  • Former Assistant County Attorney and Assistant District Attorney
  • Wallace, Jackson, Ables & Machann
    Partner   1979 to 1989
  • Kerr County Bar Association
    President   1979 to 1980
  • Schreiner College
    Instructor of Criminal Law and Procedure   1976 to 1980
  • State Bar Grievance Committee
    Prosecutor   1976 to 1977
  • Kerr County Police Academy
    Constitutional Law Lecturer
  • Judicial Education Programs and State Bar Programs
    Lecturer and Panel Member
  • State bar of Texas
    Elected Fellow   2001

Memberships & Affiliations  + -

  • First United Methodist Church, Kerrville, TX
    Member
  • Senior Adult Sunday School
    Teacher   1983 to Present
  • Administrative Board
    Chairman   1986 to 1987
  • Board of Trustees
    Chairman   1990 to 1991
  • First United Methodist Church, Kerrville, TX
    Lay Leader   1990 to 2000
  • Bishop's Committee of the Episcopacy
    Appointed   2000
  • Emmaus Pilgrim walk 108
  • Emmaus
    Lay Leader   1999
  • Hill Country Crisis Shelter for Battered Women
    President and Founding Director   1987 to 1988
  • Hill Country Youth Ranch
    Advisory Director
  • Cailloux Family Charitable Foundation
    Director
  • Kerrville Tivy high School Mock Trial Team
    Attorney Coach
  • "Partners in Ministry"
    Former Director
  • Young Men's Business League
    Advisory Director
  • Youth Baseball, Basketball and Soccer
    Former Coach
  • Cowboy Camp Meeting Association
    Past President and Director
  • Kerrville Philosophers Club
    Founding Member
  • Hill Country Arts Foundation
    Past board of Directors
  • Hill Country Beginners Symphony Orchestra
    Member

Honors & Awards  + -

  • Selected Outstanding Criminal Judge in the State of Texas by the Judicial Section of the State Bar of Texas for the year
    2000 to 2001
  • Along with Wife, named Kerrville Citizens of the Year
    2002
  • Named Outstanding Young Alumnus of Baylor University
    1989
  • Along with Spouse, selected as Baylor University Outstanding Parents of the Year
    1999 to 2000
  • Masonic Lodge Community Builder Award
    1992
  • American Legion Community Service Award
    1993
  • Sons of the American Revolution Outstanding Citizen Award
    2001, 2005