Hon. Oscar J. Kazen, San Antonio
Judge Oscar J. Kazen is the Presiding Judge of Bexar County Probate Court 1 and previously served as Associate Probate Judge for Bexar County Probate Court 1, as well as Judge Presiding of Bexar County Court at Law #9. During his 16 years of judicial service, he has presided in over 100 jury trials without reversal or remand.
Shortly after his appointment, in 2007, he realized his passion for helping individuals with mental illness in the justice system. Judge Kazen created, and oversaw, the implementation of the first fully operational civil AOT court in Texas, serving as the intersection between the law and treatment of individuals with serious mental illness, in a 52-county area.
This court has served as a national model, saving lives and lessening the suffering of those with serious mental illness by offering an alternative to hospitalization. Prior to his appointment as an associate probate judge, he served as presiding judge of Bexar County Court at Law No. 9 and was a managing partner of Kazen & Robberson.
Judge Kazen earned his J.D. from Thurgood Marshall School of Law and his B.A. from The University of Texas. Before attending college, Judge Kazen served in the United States Marine Corp. He is married to Melissa.