Gov. Rick Perry has named Marialyn Barnard (J.D. ’92) of San Antonio justice of the Texas 4th Court of Appeals for a term to expire at the next general election. The court covers 32 counties from Bexar County to Webb County and handles both civil and criminal cases. The appointment was effective Jan. 1, 2009.

Barnard replaces Catherine Stone (J.D. ’82), who was elected Chief Justice of the 4th Court. Barnard was an attorney with Prichard, Hawkins, McFarland and Young LLP.  She is a member of the Texas State Bar, the American Bar Association, a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and life fellow for the San Antonio Bar Foundation.  She is also a member of the Child Advocates of San Antonio and Infragard boards of directors. 

In addition to Barnard and Stone, the 4th Court includes three other St. Mary’s law graduates: Justice Karen Angelini (J.D. ’79), Justice Sandee Bryan Marion (J.D. ’80) and Justice Phylis J. Speedlin (J.D. ’83).

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