Barbara Jean Stalder has dedicated her adult life to improving the lives of children and victims of domestic violence in the Greater Houston community. Equipped with the belief that all Houstonians deserve a voice in their justice system, Barbara decided early on in her career to challenge herself to tirelessly represent clients in need of help, regardless of their ability to pay. Through training and experience, Barbara is intimately aware of the devastating effects domestic violence can have on victims and their children. As a survivor of both childhood and adult domestic violence, Barbara fled an eleven-year abusive relationship in 1989. Since 1990, she has worked with child victims of domestic violence, abuse and neglect. Before moving to Houston, Barbara served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer in El Paso, working closely with children in the Child Protective Services (CPS) system. She was twice nominated as the National CASA Volunteer of the Year for her work in that role. In addition, Barbara received the JC Penney Golden Rule Award for her work with child victims and was named the El Paso Volunteer of the Year. Barbara was a founding Board Member and Secretary for the Advocacy Center for Children of El Paso.
After graduating with an undergraduate and law degree from the University of Houston, Barbara received a prestigious fellowship with Equal Justice Works (EJW), an organization committed to expanding access to justice for low-income individuals. For two years, Barbara worked with Houston community leaders and justice advocates to establish a childrens legal services program to find permanent homes for the thousands of teenage children within the Houston foster care system. In addition, Barbara also represented and advocated for children who had lost a parent to extreme domestic abuse. Barbara considers many of the children she has represented as her own and stays in close contact. A true advocate, Barbara recognizes the relationships with victims forged through her work are lifelong.
After her EJW fellowship concluded, Barbara moved on to work in the Houston office of Aid to Victims of Domestic Violence (AVDA), where she represented women and child victims. Barbara worked closely with women who had been stabbed, beaten, stalked, held captive, and threatened with harm to their children and/or fraudulent or coercive legal consequences by their abusers. Barbara's work with these victims and children gives her a specialized knowledge and understanding of what effective judicial leadership looks like.
Prior to launching her own law practice Barbara worked for eight years at the University of Houston Law Center, where she continued to work with victims of domestic violence.
As a Supervising Attorney in the Civil Clinic, Barbara taught second- and third-year law students the practical skills of lawyering while mentoring her students on the importance of providing empathy, understanding, and hope to clients still trapped in violent and abusive relationships. Moreover, Barbara helped students pick up on the subtle and often ignored signs of domestic violence, including spiritual, economical, and emotional abuse.
Now, as a solo practioner Barbara continues to represent victims of domestic violence. She is engaged in the community as a lawyer giving "know your rights" presentations as well as serving as an expert witness for cases involving domestic violence. Barbara currently serves on the National Domestic Violence Hotline Houston Advisory Board and is a member of the Houston Bar Association Hay Center committee.
Born in Kansas City, Barbara currently lives in Houston with her husband, Fred, and their fur-ever kids ,Maya, Joker and Tag. Barbara and Fred, a retired pilot, have been happily married for twenty-five years. Fred's seven children (whom Barbara very much considers her own!) live throughout Texas and Kansas, where they live with their children and grandchildren. On the weekends, you will likely find Barbara actively working with one of Houston's animal rescue projects or rooting for the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans. As a survivor of domestic violence who has dedicated her life to helping victims, Barbara draws upon her own experiences in being a beacon of hope for all women. Barbara believes she is one woman who represents all women and seeks your vote for Judge of the 280th Judicial District Court.
Protection of victims of domestic violence
Engaging the community in the prevalance of domestic violence
Engaging our youth in understand healthy and appropriate relationships
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