Judge Junkin believes in using the law and common sense to guide his judgements.
He will not legislate from the bench.
Judge Junkin was born in Mount Pleasant, Texas, on July 4, 1961, and grew up in San Marcos and Kerrville, Texas. He has been a resident of Hays County for more than 30 years—living in Wimberley for more than 20 years and in San Marcos. Two of his three children and all four of his grandchildren live, work, and/or go to school in Hays County.
Judge Junkin graduated from Tivy High School in Kerrville and from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science (with honors) in Range Science/Rangeland Management. He went to work for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) full-time in 1985. To become a Refuge Officer, he attended the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia, and was certified as a peace officer in 1986. Judge Junkin was also a “Red Card” wildland firefighter with S130, S190, and first aid certifications, was certified in Basic Fire Management, and received the USFWS Special Achievement Award.
Judge Junkin enjoyed law enforcement and left the USFWS to attend law school at the University of Houston in 1988 with the idea of ultimately working in law enforcement full-time. While in law school Judge Junkin worked as a law clerk for a civil law firm (at that time Scott, Douglass & Luton) in Houston and while still in law school got his “3rd Year Bar Card” and began practicing law in July of 1990.
While at UH, Judge Junkin was named the Special Research editor for the UH Law Review; was a member of the Order of the Barons, was a member of the UH Advocates, received the American Jurisprudence Award in Criminal Procedure, received the Certificate of Merit for outstanding achievement in legal research, and was named to Who’s Who Among American Law Students.
Judge Junkin graduated from law school in May 1991 and was fully licensed in November of 1991. He became a partner with the firm Scott, Douglass & Luton (now Scott, Douglass & McConnico) in January of 1995 and transferred to the Austin office of the firm in 1996. Judge Junkin left the firm in early 2002 to start his own law practice in Wimberley, Texas, doing primarily civil litigation until he closed his office in late 2018 after Governor Abbott appointed him to the newly created 453rd State Judicial District Court serving Hays County.