The Economics Department

2017 Commencement Speaker- The Honorable Julie Kocurek

Thu, April 20, 2017
2017 Commencement Speaker- The Honorable Julie Kocurek
Judge Julie Kocurek

The Honorable Julie Kocurek will be the keynote speaker for the Economics Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 20, 2017. For details about commencement, please go to our commencement page

Judge Julie Kocurek has served as a Criminal District Judge since her appointment by Governor George Bush on October 1, 1999.  She served as the Presiding Judge of the Criminal Courts of Travis County for 4 years. She is on the Juvenile Board for Travis County, has served as the District Court Community Liaison for Mental Health Issues and is a former President of the Texas District Judge’s Association.  She developed and served as co-chair of The Austin/Travis County Do the Write Thing for 13 years.The Do the Write Thing Campaign focuses on teaching young adults how to resolve conflict without resorting to violence.

Before her service as a District Judge, Kocurek was a Travis County Assistant District Attorney assigned to the Child Abuse, Juvenile Justice and General Crimes Division. She earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence from St. Mary’s School of Law in 1990 and her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Texas in 1987.

Judge Kocurek is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  She has served as Chair, Vice-Chairman and Treasurer of the Criminal Law Section of the Travis County Bar Association. She has also served on the Travis County Mental Health Project.

Most importantly, Julie Kocurek is a wife and mother of two teenagers.  

Video Stream: Commencement Ceremony

The ceremony will stream live at 8:45am on May 20. 

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