Rob has a history of service.
For twelve years, Rob was the Presiding Judge of County Criminal Court #10 in Dallas which handled only domestic violence. President Obama’s Department of Justice named his court a Domestic Violence Mentor Court because it exhibited best practices and served as a model for other courts to follow. Only three courts in the country received that designation in 2013.
Because Rob’s expertise and national reputation as an expert on domestic violence, former Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings asked Rob to join the city’s Domestic Violence Executive Task Force. The goal of the task force was to improve the system’s response to domestic violence from dispatch to disposition.
Former Mayor Rawlings also nominated Rob to lead the city’s Ethics Advisory Commission and the city council unanimously voted him to the position. The mission of the ethics commission is to oversee the conduct of city council members and city employees and help grow a culture of ethical behavior at city hall.
Rob also has served as Vice-Chair of the City of Dallas Animal Shelter Commission. Animal-related calls were one of the most frequent calls made to 311. The commission oversees the performance of the animal shelter and the city’s response to loose and homeless animals and advise the city council on new ordinances and programs.
Rob has a history of getting things done.
The intersection between domestic violence and firearms is a deadly one. As the domestic violence judge for Dallas County, Rob instituted Dallas County’s first-ever gun surrender program to ensure domestic violence offenders complied with the federal and state law’s that prohibit them from possessing firearms.
Rob also received about $1.1 million dollars in grant money that he used to hold domestic violence offenders accountable and to keep victims safe. This money was federal and state tax money coming back to Dallas to affect the very important issue of domestic violence.
Rob received the following awards for his accomplishments on the bench:
2018 Misdemeanor Judge of the Year from the Mexican-American Bar Association
2018 President’s Award from the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association
2018 HeRO Award from Genesis Women’s Shelter
2017 Outstanding Court Staff Award from the Dallas Bar Association
2014 Public Official of the Year Award from the National Association of Social Workers
2013 Champion of Human Rights Award from Mosaic Family Services
2009 Man of Influence Award from New Beginning Center
2008 Five Outstanding Young Dallasites Award from the Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce