Shannon Baldwin

Harris County Criminal Court Judge, Position 4


Shannon will continue to be a critical LGBTQ voice on the Harris County bench!


Judge Shannon B. Baldwin practiced law for over 22 years before becoming a judge. She is licensed in GA and TX. She is a former prosecutor and criminal defense lawyer. Formerly a Partner at Baldwin Williams & Associates, PLLC., she had jury trials from traffic violations up to capital murder. Currently, she is the elected presiding Judge of Harris County Criminal Court at Law No. 4. Judge Baldwin also presides over one of five misdemeanor SOBER Courts assisting individuals with alcohol and drug addictions. In her first two years on the bench, Judge Baldwin was the Local Administrative Judge for all 20 misdemeanor courts in Harris County. Additionally, Judge Baldwin is an adjunct professor at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University and Alvin Community College. Judge Baldwin was the first African American woman to run and preside as an out member of the LGBTQIA community in Harris County. She was further honored as one of the “Houston 19,” the largest group of African American women to run for judge in Harris County, the third largest county in the U.S. Judge Baldwin joined the U.S. Army Reserves on September 23, 1987. Upon graduating college, she was commissioned as an officer, 2nd Lt. She earned a B.S. in Law Enforcement & Police Science at Sam Houston State University. Judge Baldwin graduated Cum Laude from John Marshall Law School in Atlanta, GA, earning her J.D. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc and mother of a beautiful four year old daughter.  

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