About Maggie Ellis
- Maggie survived a childhood marked by poverty, transience, homelessness, educational deprivation, and struggle. As a twenty-two-year-old mother of an infant and a toddler, she raised her little sister on her own without financial assistance. One of Maggie’s greatest desires was to have the opportunity to complete her education and to help others. She worked very hard and became the only one of her eight siblings to graduate from college, receiving a B.S. in Education from the University of Texas at Austin. Later, as the mother of four teenagers, she drove back and forth to Waco every day in order to earn her law degree from Baylor University.
- Maggie will bring her experience of overcoming adversity, her hard work, her commitment to justice, and her compassion for others to the bench.
- A proud and active member of the Austin community, Maggie is happily married to her wonderful wife, Leslie, and is the proud mother of four sweet children and the grandmother to an adorable grandson.
- Administrative Law Judge at the State Office of Administrative Hearings: Presided over cases involving federal education law
- Travis County Assistant District Attorney: helped children and families on the civil dockets
- Private practice attorney: Represented individuals in court in Travis, Williamson, Hays and Burnet Counties
- Handled over two thousand hearings in the courtroom, including: jury trials, bench trials, discovery disputes, divorces, custody and property disputes, motions to modify, temporary orders, adjudications, enforcement actions, protective orders, motions for new trial, terminations of parental rights, detention hearings, motions to compel, probation revocations, and pleas to the jurisdiction
- The only woman in Texas to have earned a Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) in Juvenile Law and a National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC) Child Welfare Law Specialist certification
SUBJECT MATTER KNOWLEDGE
- Family Law, Child Welfare, Juvenile, Education, Real Estate, Oil & Gas, Public Utility Commission Transmission Lines, Appraisal Review Board, Insurance, Contracts, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Issues, Criminal Justice, and Issues Related to Human Trafficking
- Legal: Volunteer Legal Services (VLS), Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid (TRLA), State Bar of Texas Pro Bono College member, Hays County Bar Association Pro Bono Hero Award recipient, State Bar of Texas Juvenile Law Section Board member, Travis County Child Welfare Board, Supreme Court of Texas Children’s Commission Advisory Committee and Dual Status Task Force member, RAICES immigration detention center legal volunteer
- Community: foster mother, volunteer reading teacher, Spanish teacher, PTA president and Board member, AISD HOSTS mentor, Mobile Loaves and Fishes, Meals on Wheels, Cub Scouts Den Mother, Destination Imagination coach, LISD Board Zoning Neighborhood Committee member, HOA Board member