Bonnie C. Hellums, JD


Title: Visiting Judge, Mediator, Arbitrator
Location: Houston, Texas, United States

Bonnie Hellums, Visiting Judge, Mediator and Arbitrator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership as a judge.

With more than 50 years of professional experience to her credit, Ms. Hellums currently applies her skills as a visiting judge, mediator and arbitrator. She previously served for 20 years as a judge of the 247th Family District Court of Harris County, Texas, a judge of the First Family Drug Court in Harris County, Texas, and a judge of the Infants and Toddlers Court. Prior to her work as a judge, she garnered legal experience as a practicing attorney, marriage and family therapist, alcohol and drug abuse counselor, mediator, and director of Hellums Consulting Service.

Ms. Hellums also served in various administrative roles at Rice University from 1969 to 1983, including as the director of student activities and an assistant dean of students. From 1966 to 1969, she acted as a women’s counselor at the University of Houston. Ms. Hellums has also found success as a presenter, speaker, lecturer and author, and has been recognized with myriad awards and accolades throughout her career. In 2018, she received the T. Berry Brazelton Award for Infant Mental Health Advocacy in Texas, and in 2014 she was the recipient of the Kay Austin Visionary Award from the Santa Maria Hostel.

Prior to her professional pursuits, Ms. Hellums attended the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and religion in 1965. She continued her academic efforts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, graduating with an MEd in counseling and psychology in 1966. She concluded her higher education at the South Texas College of Law Houston, earning a JD in 1981. Ms. Hellums was admitted to practice in the state of Texas and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas in 1983, and five years later she was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. She holds numerous additional professional certifications, including being a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Certified Chemical Dependency Specialist, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Licensed Advanced Addiction Counselor, a Certified Compulsive Gambling Counselor and a Certified Sex Educator, among others. She is also a diplomate of the American Psychotherapist Association. Ms. Hellums found the most rewarding part of her career to be her 20 years on the bench and considers the highlight of her career to be starting the first and only family drug court and infants and toddler court in Harris County.

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