State District Judge Jean Boyd became the first woman to receive the Silver Gavel Award, which is given to jurists who have served for at least 10 years and exemplify ability, integrity and courage. “I will always look back on this award with such appreciation and such excitement,” Boyd said, adding that she was grateful that her 84-year-old mother could share in the joy. “My mom has been really sick and it's very special to have her with me tonight.” Melody McDonald, District Attorney Receives Top Award from Tarrant Lawyers, Star-Telegram, May 6, 2011, available at http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/05/05/3054772/district-attorney-receives-top.html#my-headlines-default.
The Silver Gavel Award has been awarded annually since 1996 to a judge who has served on the bench for ten years or longer and has made a substantial contribution to the judiciary by “exemplifying the ability, integrity and courage desirable in a judge; who respects the law and expects other to do the same; and who is as knowledgeable as possible in every area of the law.” Judge Boyd received the award at the Tarrant County Bar Association’s Law Day Awards dinner held May 5, 2011.
Judge Boyd is the presiding judge of the 323rd Family District Court, which serves Tarrant County as its Juvenile Court. Judge Boyd has presided in this court since 1995, and as its Associate Judge since 1987. Judge Boyd is married to John G. Boyd, D.D.S. They have one son, Scott Boyd, who is a CPA, and his wife, Shannon, is an attorney. Judge Boyd is Board Certified in Juvenile Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She is currently the chair of the Juvenile Justice Committee of the Judicial Section of the State Bar of Texas. She served as chair of the Juvenile Law Section of the State Bar of Texas from 1993 to 1994. Judge Boyd has served on the Board of the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission since her appointment by the Governor in 2005. Throughout her career, Judge Boyd has worked to serve the profession, the TCBA, and the community. She has served as President of the Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court (2008-2009) and was inducted into the Honorary Serjeant’s Inn of the Dallas- Fort Worth Inns of Court in January 2011. She also has served as President of the Fort Worth–Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association (1985) and President of the Tarrant County Women Lawyer’s Association (1982-1983). Judge Boyd was honored as the Outstanding Young Lawyer of Tarrant County in 1988 and received The Professionalism Award from the TCBA in 2001. Judge Boyd spearheaded the implementation of National Adoption Day in Tarrant County in 2000 and has participated in every NAD event since. She was selected as Judge of the Year by Texas CASA in 1999. In 2002, Judge Boyd received the Judge Scott Moore Award from Child Advocates of Tarrant County. Judge Boyd was the recipient of the Angel in Adoption Award from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute in September 2003. Judge Boyd served on the founding boards of CASA of Tarrant County and the Alliance for Children. She currently is a member of the board of Gill Children’s Services. Silver Gavel Award, Law Day Awards Dinner Program (Tarrant County Bar Ass’n and Fort Worth-Tarrant County Young Laws. Ass’n), May 5, 2011, at 11.