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In the spirit of Black History Month, we sit down with Fort Bend County’s first African-American female judge.

“”My name is Toni Wallace. I am the presiding judge of County Court at Law No.5 in Fort Bend County. I don’t really focus on breaking down barriers or being the first at doing something, because for me its more about being the best person you can possibly be in that moment, doing what’s right and making sure that when people say your name, they’re saying it in a good way.”

In November, the 84th legislative session of the state of Texas authorized the creation of this new court.

Fort Bend County judge Robert Hebert appointed Wallace as judge last year while she served as assistant district attorney.

She was sworn into office on January 1, 2016.

This graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, and South Texas College of Law in Houston can add becoming a judge to her long list of her accomplishments.

“It is definitely a dream accomplished. It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do. Ever since I’ve become a lawyer, it has been a goal, as you will to be a judge.”

Though Judge Wallace is proud to serve the county she grew up in, she does not pride herself on her judicial status.

“It’s very humbling, and it’s just a situation where I want to do the most good while I’m here, while I have a chance to do that; and then whatever’s next I just know that its going to be even better than what I’m doing right now. So, I’m really excited about the future as well.”

No matter where Judge Wallace goes, she’s already brought justice to the Fort Bend judiciary.