Re-Elect Justice Bourliot



Justice Frances Bourliot

Justice Frances Bourliot is proud to serve you as Justice, Place 5, on the Court of Appeals for the Fourteenth District of Texas. She was sworn in on January 1, 2019, and was the first Asian-American woman and first public defender elected to the Fourteenth Court of Appeals. 

Justice Bourliot began her legal career as a staff attorney with the Texas Defender Service and the Texas Innocence Network, representing  indigent prisoners and death row inmates. After that she worked in the Harris County Public Defender’s Office, representing defendants—including juveniles—who could not afford to hire an attorney.  She was also an Adjunct Faculty Member at the University of Houston Law Center for several years overseeing the Death Penalty Clinic and co-teaching Innocence Investigations. She then joined the Appellate Division of the Harris County Public Defender’s Office when it opened in 2011 and continued to work as an Assistant Public Defender in the appellate, mental health, and felony trial divisions until 2017 when she started her own practice. She joined a plaintiff’s law firm in 2018 and represented clients in personal injury, medical malpractice, and appellate matters. Justice Bourliot has taught CLEs on Batson challenges, jury charge issues, mitigation, and mental health related topics.

Justice Bourliot received her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University. She is a proud mother of a teenager who keeps her busy with sports and high school.

"My commitment to the court is rooted in a deep respect for the law and the principles of fairness and equality that underpin our society. I am driven by a passion for ensuring that every individual has equal access to justice, regardless of their background or circumstances. My time as a public defender has instilled in me a profound understanding of the challenges faced by marginalized communities. In this role, I strive to uphold the law with integrity and impartiality, always mindful of the profound impact that our decisions can have on the lives of those who come before us."

Committees, Awards & Endorsements

  • Houston Bar Association co-chair Library Committee 2022-2023, 2023-2024 (president’s award), 2024-2025
  • Houston Bar Association co-chair Teach Texas committee 
  • Association of Women Attorneys Board Member 2022-2024
  • 2020 Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Planning Committee