387th Family District Court

1422 Eugene Cir, Courtroom 3H Richmond, Texas 77469

Judge Janet B. Heppard

Republican Party


  • 2018 Election
  • In office January 1, 2019-December 2022.


  • Bachelor in Geology and Geophysics, Wright State University 1981
  • Summa Cum Laude
  • Juris Doctor & Masters of Business Administration, University of Houston 1993

Previous Experience:

  • Geophysicist at Amoco Production Company in Houston, Texas for 8 years.
  • Solo practitioner 1993-1995
  • Staff attorney-UHLC Clinical Program 1995-2019
  • Family law and free legal services to low-income individuals.
  • Promoted to Clinic Director in 2008. Promoted again to Full Clinical Professor in 2019.


  • Longevity of Exemplary Service to the Houston Bar Association Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program every year since 1995
  • Award of Merit from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children for work on Hague Convention Cases
  • Lonestar Legal Aid “Most Litigated Pro Bono Cases” Award,
  • Lonestar Legal Aid Community Partner Award,
  • Ethel M Baker Faculty Award for leadership promoting greater interaction between the University and the local community.


  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Burta Rhoads Raburn Family Law Inns of Court.

Associate Judge Richard “Rick” T. Bell


  • September 2016

Previous Experience:

  • Richard Thomas Bell & Associates 1997-2016


  • Bachelor of Arts, Southwestern University 1994
  • Juris Doctor, Sotuh Texas College of Law 1997

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(281) 810-9760


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