Hon. Pamela H. Liston, Rowlett
Judge Pamela H. Liston is the presiding judge of the Rowlett Municipal Court. She has practiced in the municipal law and criminal law contexts for 25 years. She is noted for her work toward safeguarding public trust in the judiciary through procedural fairness, organization and accuracy, judicial education, and faithful application of the law. Judge Liston is a past contributor in state and national programs to improve services provided by courts of limited jurisdiction. Her work includes projects with the National Center for State Courts, State Justice Institute, Center for Court Innovation, Judicial Commission on Mental Health (JCMH), Texas Municipal Courts Education Center (TMCEC), Kansas Association of Court Management, and Texas Department of Transportation. Her public service includes work as a prosecutor (state and local), a defense attorney (state and federal), and judge (local).
Judge Liston received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Texas Tech University in 1994 and her Bachelor of Arts in English from Texas Tech University in 1989. She taught high school English prior to law school. At TTU School of Law, she was a member of the National Marshall Moot Court competition team and an officer of the Board of Barristers where she was the recipient of the Barrister Scholarship and Outstanding Barrister Service Award.
Judge Liston is recognized for her work in appeals and habeas corpus review with several published opinions relating to municipal court. Likewise, Judge Liston has been a key contributor to legislation designed to improve municipal court operations and due process considerations. Judge Liston currently serves as the president of the Texas Municipal Courts Association and the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center. Judge Liston has served as a contributing author to the TMCEC publication, The Recorder, and as an editor of the JCMH Texas Mental Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Law Bench Book, 2nd Edition. In addition, Judge Liston has served on the faculty of TMCEC for over 20 years. She is also the Chancellor of the North Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and serves as the immediate past president of the United Methodist Church Association of Conference Chancellors.