May 18, 2021

Letter from Judge Brenda P. Kennedy

DATE: May 18, 2021
FROM: Judge Brenda P. Kennedy, 403rd District Court
Fellow members of the Bench and Bar:

I am proud to share my plans with all of you, my legal colleagues, regarding my plans for this upcoming election season. I became a full-time member of the Travis County judiciary on November 16, 1987. I am quite proud to have served this community in a judicial capacity since that date! I also currently serve as the Presiding Judge of the Travis County Criminal Courts. It is my intent to announce and share with you all that at the conclusion of my current term, on December 31, 2022, I plan to retire from full-time active judicial status. On that date, I will have served this community for more than 35 years as a member of the Travis County Judiciary! I have been elected by the citizens of Travis County on 9 different occasions and remain grateful and humbled at having been afforded this opportunity to serve. I have had many enriching experiences and learning opportunities and have many fond memories of sharing those with the public, the legal community, and others! I often say that I’ve spent most of my adult life in the Travis County Courthouse, and this is quite true! I am so proud to have been able to serve my community and gain insight into many areas that I would otherwise not have had the opportunity to observe, discuss, nor have an opportunity for input!

The criminal justice system in Travis County has always been at the forefront of innovation, equity, and justice for all! This has been the case since the beginning of my career, and I have no doubt that it will continue to be for years to come! I am proud of my judicial career, and equally proud of the work I’ve done not only in my daily felony court responsibilities, but also with the Travis County Drug Court system and the Felony Youth Offender program that I began in 2011 after observing and recognizing the differences in points of consideration for our youthful offenders aged 17 through 25 years of age. My involvement in these programs has not only been the source of some of my most meaningful judicial experiences but has also brought to the attention of many others the differing cognitive needs of that age group.

I am sharing my plans with all of you at this time, so that those who are interested in service as the Judge of the 403rd District Court, will have ample opportunity to contemplate, plan, discuss, and consider all realities involved in preparing for an election in 2022. My judicial career and the opportunities and experiences that I have been afforded as a result of being a member of the judiciary, has provided me not only with life-long table talk conversation subjects with others, but, has also been one of the most impactful and enriching experiences of my lifetime! My service to Travis County and my involvement in many of our community’s areas of service, has educated me in ways that many are never exposed to. For that, I am grateful, humbled, and honored! I look forward to continued contact, participation, and relationships with all of you in the years to come!

In gratitude,

Brenda P. Kennedy
Judge, 403d District Court Travis County, Texas