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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


cum laude

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.