Keynote Speaker at the Spring 2015 Banquet held on April 11
The Honorable Denise Bradley '86
Denise Bradley currently serves as the Judge of the 262nd Criminal District Court. Bradley graduated from South Texas in 1986. While in law school she began a career in the District Attorney’s office as a full time intern assigned to the appellate division. Bradley argued her first case before the First Court of Appeals while she was still in law school. At South Texas, Bradley was a member of Law Review and the Board of Advocates.
Upon graduation in 1986, Judge Bradley began her career as a prosecutor and over the next 25 years worked her way up through the ranks. Bradley worked in the Trial Bureau and served as the Chief of the 177th and 185th District Courts. She also worked as the gang prosecutor and was assigned to the Major Offenders Division where she worked closely with the cold case squads of various law enforcement agencies and also helped in the investigations of serial rapists, robbers and murderers. Bradley tried over two hundred cases as a prosecutor, including a dozen death penalty cases. She was the head of the Capital Litigation Division prior to retiring.
While working as an Assistant District Attorney, Bradley was frequently called upon to testify before the legislature on Criminal Justice issues. She also taught at the National College for District and County Attorneys, the HPD Academy and has taught CLE courses for the Houston Bar Association.
Bradley was elected to the bench of the 262nd District Court in November of 2010. She also presides over one of the Harris County STAR drug courts. The court works with non-violent offenders who are addicted to drugs and alcohol. The offenders receive in patient drug treatment, transitional housing and job training in an effort to keep them from returning to the criminal justice system. In 2012, Governor Perry appointed Judge Bradley to the Specialty Courts Advisory Council. The council evaluates applications for grant funding for therapeutic courts in Texas. Judge Bradley also serves on the Harris County Juvenile Justice Board.
Denise is also active in the community, serving as a volunteer coordinator for Special Olympics through the Houston Bar Association. She and her daughters are also active in Girl Scouts and the National Charity League. Denise was one of several lawyers profiled as a “Local Hero” in the May 2010 issue of the Houston Lawyer Magazine for her volunteer work in the community.
Denise and her husband Robert have five children and three grandchildren.
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