A senior associate with the Beal Law Firm, Jay has practiced law for 16 years in the areas of family law, criminal defense and civil litigation. A graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law, she has handled cases across the state, including Bexar and surrounding counties, Dallas County, Tarrant County, El Paso County, Travis County and Webb County.

Hear from the candidate

Why should voters choose you?

I believe it is fundamental as a judge to remember our impact on our community and our role in the overall system of our democracy, and that means operating as a true public servant, on a system of fairness, justice and equality. 

What do you see as the top challenge facing our local court system and how should it be addressed?

I think overall we have a good civil court system in Bexar County and I have enjoyed working in it for many years. I decided to run for the 45th in particular because I would like to see change in that court in regards to the treatment of our community members, officers of the court and Bexar County families. It is imperative to maintain decorum and treat all participants in legal proceedings with dignity and respect, including listening to the facts and applying the law, without imposing personal bias.  Additionally, docket crowding is always a concern, and I think the role a judge can play in truly assisting docket control is by acting within the appropriate bounds of their discretion, and this will prevent reversals, rehearings and the like, which only act to hold up cases, keep cases on the docket and delay resolution for the participants.   

The San Antonio Report’s 2022 Voter Guide

This article was assembled by various members of the San Antonio Report staff.