Meet Alicia

Meet Alicia key
Alicia and her husband, Mark Ellison, have lived in Dripping Springs for 30 years. She is the proud mother of two children and three grandchildren, who all live in Hays County. She loves advocating for her clients, working to improve the legal profession, and spending time with her family. She has been a lifelong runner and frequently backpacks on the Appalachian trail or at Big Bend National Park. Before opening her private law practice in Buda six years ago, Alicia spent most of her career as a public servant. She served as an assistant district attorney, an associate judge, presiding over family law cases in Wichita County, Texas, and as an adjunct professor at Midwestern State University, teaching classes in criminal law and criminal procedure.

After moving to Austin, she worked in the Child Support Division of the Office of Attorney General in various roles, including as Deputy Attorney General and Director of the Child Support Division from 2004 to 2013. In that capacity, she was responsible for the management of the largest child support program in the country. She directed the efforts of 2660 staff, including 300 attorneys, and an ongoing caseload exceeding one million child support cases.

Prior to that, she served as the Administrative Director of the State Office of Court Administration, an agency providing administrative and technical support to the Texas judicial system. In both positions, she testified before the legislature on countless occasions and successfully shepherded bills through the legislature to improve the law for the benefit of Texas families.

She has contributed to the improvement of the legal profession through her volunteer activities, including her roles as:

Treasurer, Hays County Bar Association Family Law Section
Contributing author, More Party Talk, Answers to Everyday Legal Questions for Texas Lawyers, TexasBarBooks, State Bar of Texas, 2016
Author and presenter at numerous state and national conferences on family law and child support
Member, State Bar of Texas Family Law Section Formbook Committee (since 1999)
Volunteer mediator, Hays County Dispute Resolution Center

Alicia believes that the secret to a successful career, and a successful life, is based on two guiding principles. She will continue striving to live by these principles if she is elected as district judge:

  • Be kind. Treat every human being with dignity, respect, and compassion—no matter their station in life, their circumstances, their identity, or their past mistakes. Take care of one another. Take care of this earth.
  • Do your best. Whatever you do, give it your very best effort. Learn, listen, practice, prepare. Give it all you’ve got.

Alicia would be thrilled and honored to add another stint of public service to her resume as judge of the 483rd District Court of Hays County. She welcomes your questions and your assistance with her campaign!

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