2013-2014 Judicial Excellence in Education Award:
Hon. Alfonso Charles and Ms. Courtney Gabriele
Hon. Alfonso Charles
Alfonso Charles has served as judge of the 124th District Court in Gregg
County since December 4, 2009. Prior to that, he served as judge of the
County Court at Law #2 of Gregg County, Texas for almost seven years.
Judge Charles graduated from Austin College in Sherman, Texas in 1987
with a double major in business administration and political science. He
received his law degree from Baylor University School of Law in Waco in
1990. He served as an assistant district attorney in El Paso County for
one year and Gregg County for over 11 years prior to being elected to the
bench. He has served on the State Bar Judicial Section Board since 2010.
He served as chair of the Judicial Section for 2012-2013. He served on the
Texas Center for the Judiciary Board from 2007-2009. He is a member of
the Court of Criminal Appeals Judicial Education Committee. He is a former
member of the Judicial Council and the Task Force on Indigent Defense. He
is board certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is a member of the Longview
Greggton Rotary and serves on the board of directors of See-Saw Children’s Place in Longview. He is a past
president of the Gregg County Bar Association and past president of the Texas Association of County Court
at Law Judges.
Ms. Courtney Gabriele
Courtney Gabriele began working for the Texas Center for the Judiciary
in January 2011 and is currently the CurriculumDirector. She is licensed
to practice law by the State Bar of Texas and previously litigated with
a boutique commercial litigation firm located in Houston, Texas. Ms.
Gabriele earned her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center in
2009 and served as an editor on the
Houston Journal of International
. Prior to attending law school, she spent two years at Michigan
State University before fleeing the cold weather and transferring to
Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. There she graduated
with a B.S. in Political Science. She was the recipient of the
Lamar University Academic Excellence Scholarship and Jack Brooks
Scholarship. She is currently a volunteer with CASA of Travis County
and the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless.