Is the Presiding Judge of the 187th Judicial District Court - a felony district court in Bexar County.
Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, Judge Boyd was baptized in Grand Cane, Louisiana at New Zion Baptist Church. Her grandmother and mother taught her the value of history, hard work, and community. At the age of twelve, she obtained her very first job selling Christmas Cards door-to-door. During the summer months, she would ride her bicycle with a yard rake perched on the handlebars to earn money cleaning yards in the neighborhood.
Early in life, she learned the meaning of the phrase: “It Takes A Village.” The local community would often come together to help a neighbor in need. It is this sense of community which encouraged her to begin visiting nursing homes. At nursing homes and through family, she gained the inspiration to learn all she could about history. Family and community taught her that your duty as a human being is to make the world better, not just for you but for others.
Judge Boyd obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, Master of Business Administration Degree, and her Juris Doctor Degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law. Judge Boyd has obtained several honors throughout her career. She is a former member of the Inns of Court, former President of San Antonio Black Lawyers Association, and former member of the Pi Sigma Alpha political honor society. She is the 2020 recipient of the Bexar County Pioneer Award. She is a member of the Order of Barristers and a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation - a charitable foundation that is the premier organization of Texas attorneys.
Judge Boyd teaches Trial Advocacy, Appellate Advocacy and Campaign and Election law at the University of Texas at San Antonio. In her position at the University of Texas at San Antonio, she pairs students with professionals in their desired occupation. This mentorship allows students to obtain a theoretical and practical understanding of their desired fields of study.
As Judge of the 187th District Court, Judge Boyd uses skills obtained as a prosecutor, defense attorney and community organizer to resolve complex legal cases. Throughout her legal career, she has represented adults, juveniles and children who were victims of child abuse and neglect. In 1997, she opened a private practice, with a focus in criminal law. In 2015, she joined the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office as the first-chair prosecutor in the Special Crimes Unit, which prosecutes child abuse and domestic violence cases. She tried several high-profile criminal cases as a defense attorney and a prosecutor. As Judge of the 187th District Court, Judge Boyd has significantly reduced case backlog. Where appropriate, she has utilized her knowledge to design terms of probation to protect the community and rehabilitate offenders. Each party, who enters the 187th District Court, knows that their case will be heard expeditiously, patiently, and by someone with knowledge gained from twenty-four years of legal experience.
Judge Boyd passionately believes that it takes a village to make sure our children become productive members of our community. Education, hard work, and service are key components in a child’s success. She has participated in reading, mentorship, and tutoring programs for our youth. She is a former board member of Youth Transitioning into Adulthood - a program designed to help foster youth aging out of the foster care system. As a former board member of the San Antonio Black Lawyers Association, she has chaired the scholarship gala to ensure that finances never stand in the way of a child’s educational success. She believes drug addiction is a major problem in our community. She was selected as one of the first attorneys in the Felony Drug Court Program - a program designed to encourage and foster continued recovery to those addicted to controlled substances, and the Esperanza Court - a program designed to help those who have been victims of sex-trafficking. These cost-saving programs restore and rehabilitate program participants, stop criminal activity in our communities, and protect future generations. Judge Boyd believes we must give back to our community. She has been a director of several continuing legal education courses for attorneys and organized numerous judicial candidate and mayoral forums. During the pandemic, Judge Boyd realized that financial stability was difficult for the community. To help combat financial instability at all levels, Judge Boyd planned and directed a free three-day continuing legal education course to satisfy state bar requirements for all Texas attorneys.
“It Takes A Village” is not just a slogan; it is her guiding principle.