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Superb Women: Judge Lela Mays

–Judge Lela Lawrence Mays is the presiding Judge of the 283rd Judicial District Court, having jurisdiction in Dallas County over all felony level criminal cases.

Judge Lela Mays
Judge Lela Mays

Judge Lela Lawrence Mays is known for being fair, hardworking and passionate. She also has that warm spirit and beautiful smile. Among her many stellar moments in history, she established the Successful Treatment of Addiction Through Collaboration (S.T.A.C.) Court, providing judicial oversight and directional guidance for over 250 felony probationers in a post-adjudication, drug-treatment court. The judge began her work in specialty courts in DIVERT court in 2002 and established and presided over the I.I.P. Court, Intensive Intervention Program from 2007-2009. A member of St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church for over 30 years, she received her law degree from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. Hailing from Austin, TX, she attended Lyndon B. Johnson High School, and the University of Houston, Judge Lela is a legacy and dedicated member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

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