Elaine Brown
County Court-at-Law #3


Elaine attended Texas Tech University and received a B.S. in Education with a Specialization in English. Elaine was then accepted into Texas Tech University School of Law and received the Regent’s scholarship based upon her academic performance and LSAT score.

After graduation from law school, Elaine moved to Austin where she worked for the Texas Commission on Human Rights and as an administrative law judge with the Texas Employment Commission. In 1993, she married and moved to Victoria, Texas where she lived for 17 years. While in Victoria, Elaine worked as the municipal prosecutor, as an attorney for legal aid and in private practice. Elaine received a Masters Degree in Psychology from the University of Houston-Victoria and became a Licensed Professional Counselor in 2011.

Elaine and her family relocated to Dripping Springs in 2010 and she has worked as a mental health professional and an attorney in the area since moving here. Elaine is involved in community affairs and volunteers her time to work with Dripping Springs High School students, the Dripping Springs Lions Club and as a volunteer attorney with the Volunteer Legal Services group.

Maggie Ellis
3rd Court of Appeals Place 4



Maggie Ellis survived a childhood marked by poverty, transience, homelessness, and educational deprivation to become the only one of her eight siblings to graduate from college.

She was a teacher, a foster mother, a community volunteer, and put herself through law school, driving back and forth from Austin to Waco everyday, as a mother with four teenagers. As an Administrative Law Judge, a civil, criminal, and appellate prosecutor, and an attorney representing individuals and families all over Central Texas, Maggie has extensive and relevant courtroom experience.

Maggie is the only woman in Texas to have earned both a Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Juvenile Law and a National Association of Counsel for Children Child Welfare Law Specialist certification.

Kelley Higgins
Criminal District Attorney


I was raised in Houston by a single mother who did it all. Most of what I am is from her. My respect and admiration for women begins with her. And my embrace of humanity despite its rough edges is due to her.

And when I was nine years old, my mother sent me to summer camp in Wimberley. My first trip away from that crowded and unbearably hot city. How I fell in love with Wimberley, with the hills, with the kindness of Mr. Tingle, the old man who ran the camp.

Once I went through the schooling to become a lawyer, I began practicing in Hays and Travis counties. It wasn’t long before I realized that I loved Hays County and didn’t care too much for the traffic of Austin. So I put down roots here and limited my practice to criminal cases in Hays County.