407th Civil District Court
407th Civil District Court
Bexar County Courthouse
100 Dolorosa, 4th Floor
San Antonio, TX 78205
Karen H. Pozza was elected Judge of the 407th District Court in 2000. Prior to her service as a judge, she practiced general civil litigation and served as a mediator.
In 2002, Judge Pozza co-founded the Community Justice Program (“CJP”) which increases access to justice by providing free legal services for those who otherwise could not afford an attorney. The CJP is a collaborative effort of over 15 local bar groups partnering with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid to conduct monthly evening legal clinics at locations throughout the city, including the Audie Murphy Veterans Hospital. Each clinic is fully staffed by volunteer lawyers, judges, court reporters, notaries, interpreters, secretaries, legal assistants and the Bexar County District Clerk. Thousands of cases have been handled through the program and over $1,000,000 worth of legal services have been donated by volunteer lawyers.
Judge Pozza has held numerous leadership positions including President of the San Antonio Bar Association, President of the Community Justice Foundation, President of the William S. Sessions American Inn of Court, President of the St. Mary’s University Law Alumni Association, Chair of the Board of the Bexar County Dispute Resolution Center, President of the St. Mary’s University Hispanic Law Alumni Association. She served as a Board Member on Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, the Child Guidance Center and the San Antonio Children’s Museum. She is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Alamo Breast Cancer Foundation and a member of the Bexar County Juvenile Board.
In 2017, Judge Pozza was recognized by the Bexar County Commissioner’s Court with the 2017 Bexar County Pioneer Award and, in 2016, she was inducted into the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame and honored by the Mexican American Bar Association – San Antonio with the Legal Professional Award. She is the 2013 Distinguished Judicial Alumnus of St. Mary’s University School of Law and 2014 Jurist of the Year, St. Mary’s University School of Law Hispanic Law Alumni Association. In 2008, the State Bar of Texas honored Judge Pozza by adopting A Resolution Honoring Judge Karen Pozza recognizing her distinguished service on the bench and her leadership in providing access to justice for all Texans. She is the recipient of the 2007 Pioneer Peacemaker Award from the San Antonio Bar Foundation. In 2004 she was honored by Texas RioGrande Legal Aid with the Partners in Justice Award for outstanding support for equal justice. In 2003, she was selected by the San Antonio Business Journal to receive the Women’s Public Service Leadership Award. In 1998, 2003, and 2005 Judge Pozza was recognized by the San Antonio Bar Association with the President’s Award for her work on bar-related education, pro bono leadership and for spearheading the legal relief effort for local evacuees of hurricane Katrina.
Judge Pozza is a frequent speaker at legal education courses and is included in the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, achieving the highest possible rating by Martindale-Hubbell in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards: AV Preeminent. She is a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and of the San Antonio Bar Foundation and is an elected Fellow of the Advanced Science & Technology Adjudication Resource Center.