Leander/Cedar Park area students prepare to serve as judge, jurors and attorneys

“All rise! The Williamson County YMCA Teen Court is back in session!”

Returning and new students ages 13-18 are invited to attend the September 7th Teen Court orientation for the 2019-2020 school year. Orientation will be conducted from 9:00 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. at the Twin Lakes YMCA (Cedar Park) under the supervision of professional attorneys, law enforcement personnel, YMCA staff and parent advisers.

Students in the Teen Court program learn courtroom procedure first hand, as well as study and assume the roles of juror, jury foreman, bailiff, clerk, prosecuting attorney, defense attorney, and judge.

These young men and women preside over sentencing and adjudication of real Class C Misdemeanor cases involving juvenile defendants 11-17 years of age. This hands-on training in law, the justice system, and civil government equips students with critical knowledge and skills to be more effective, lifelong servant-leaders in their communities.

The highly-respected Williamson County YMCA Teen Court program is administered by Judge Edna Staudt, recipient of the prestigious 2018 Glenn Shepard Leadership Award.

Students participating in Teen Court gain valuable experience and insights in:

      • courtroom roles
      • courtroom procedure
      • real-life application of justice and mercy
      • state laws
      • consequences of transgressing laws
      • sentencing procedure
      • leadership
      • public speaking
      • critical thinking

Past speakers and presenters to Teen Court students include:

      • Williamson County K9
      • Crime Scene Investigation
      • Supreme Court Justices
      • Texas Rangers
      • Volunteers from Texas Attorney General’s office
      • George Washington portrayed by Mark Collins

Former Teen Court Volunteer Students: In their own words


Copyright © 2019 Don Stroud

Judge Staudt awarded national recognition for leadership excellence

What is servant leadership? Look no further than Leander’s own Judge Edna Staudt for a living definition.

Her embodiment of Micah 6:8 is so compelling that today she was presented the prestigious Glenn Shepard Leadership Award, an honor bestowed upon one individual from a nationwide pool of over 1,000 nominees.

Court staff member Melissa East submitted Judge Staudt’s name for consideration by a select panel which thoroughly analyzes the credentials and achievements of each nominee. The results of their research and decision were manifest in a special ceremony this morning in the Williamson County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2, courtroom in Cedar Park. Numerous friends, luminaries and dignitaries were on hand to witness Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tony Moline present Judge Staudt the award and celebrate her well-deserved national recognition.

Melissa East nominated Judge Edna Staudt for the 2018 Glenn Shepard Leadership Award

Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tony Moline presents Judge Edna Staudt the 2018 Glenn Shepard Excellence in Leadership Award














Judge Staudt is highly respected and trusted by her staff, law enforcement, legal professionals and the community at large. She consistently leads by example in treating  her employees and public with dignity.  She is known for  firmly applying the law with fairness, upholding justice and public safety while demonstrating compassion for those in traumatic circumstances.

Whether adjudicating cases, issuing arrest warrants, handling death inquests or granting emergency protective orders, Judge Staudt conducts her office with professionalism and competency.

In addition to her regular duties as Justice of the Peace, Judge Staudt invests countless hours of her personal time directing mentoring programs, training student leaders through her nationally recognized Teen Court program, advocating protection of the unborn, and teaching teens the value of making wise, life-saving choices. She is also a strong voice against ill-conceived, unjust laws, testifying before the Texas Legislature on the unintended consequences of misguided legislation.

Residents in Leander, Cedar Park, Liberty Hill and northwest Austin can take credit for choosing Judge Staudt to serve them and fellow Texans statewide for the past 22 years.

Judge Edna Staudt is a true role model for servant-leadership. The 2018 Glenn Shepard Excellence in Leadership Award is but one more well-deserved confirmation of that fact.


Glenn Shepard  is the best-selling author of six books, 13 DVD programs, and 658 published articles. His seminars are now the #1 rated management and front-line supervisory training in America and have been hosted by nearly 400 colleges and chambers of commerce.

He is the author of six books, including How to Make Performance Evaluations Really Work and his #1 Best Seller, How to Be the Employee Your Company Can’t Live Without.


Shattered dreams, living nightmares


Judge Staudt volunteers every year with the Shattered Dreams Program.  This program consists of a real life presentation of an accident caused by drunk driving.  It is a combined effort of the law enforcement, fire department, Starflight, funeral home, hospital staff, tow truck company, school personnel, students, and court.

“Every effort is made to make this presentation life-like in hopes students will realize the consequences of driving under the influence, or riding with someone who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs”  said Judge Staudt.



Judge Staudt not only appears on the scene, but magistrates the driver in the courtroom, admonishing him/her of the seriousness of the offenses.  At the end of the day she meets with the student volunteers who assisted in putting on the program. This debriefing allows her to answer questions and educate students on the law and very real consequences when the law is offended.

“This is another opportunity to teach young people how valuable they are and how one decision can affect so many lives”.

Death? Or Life? Choices matter.