Downtown Community Court

BIOGRAPHIES

Judge Coffey took over the court full-time in December 2002 when Judge Elizabeth Earle, the first permanent judge at the DACC, resigned to take over as judge in Travis County Court at Law Seven. Judge Coffey attended the University of Texas, Southwest Texas State University and Texas Tech University respectively, for bachelors' (economics & finance), masters (counseling) and doctor of jurisprudence (law) degrees. Judge Coffey is a certified public accountant, and prior to law school, worked in financial accounting and tax law for six years.

Michael Coffey

Judge Michael A. Coffey, born in Austin, is the full-time judge at the Downtown Austin Community Court (DACC)

The case management staff of ten provides intensive case management services to homeless clients of the court. 

Case Management staff:

Christopher Anderson, LMSW

Cody Andrews, LMSW

Kate Ballew, LMSW

Lauren Christenson, LMSW

Scott Davis, LCSW, LCDC

Mikaela Frissell, LMSW

Sean Martin, LCSW

Yvonne Mboss, LCSW

Nancy Pounds, LPC

Laura Torres, LPC

Jennifer Sowinski, LCSW-S

As the Clinical Operations Manager, Jennifer oversees the social services delivered to clients, implements best practices, and provides direction to a staff of ten Licensed Master Clinical Counselors who work to engage and house the homeless population in the downtown area. Jennifer is a Licensed Clinical Social Work-Supervisor who has been with the Downtown Austin Community Court since 2015

Jennifer believes developing strong relationships is the foundation for providing effective services. The Downtown Austin Community Court Case Management team aims to end homelessness by providing comprehensive, long-term services to individuals experiencing homelessness by promoting success through creative solutions.  Our services include street outreach, navigation, intensive case management and coordination with other providers.

As a licensed Clinical Supervisor in the State of Texas, Jennifer is also able to provide required supervision to case management staff working toward their master’s level clinical certification.

Jennifer holds a B.S. from Purdue University - Northwest in Political Science and a MSSW from the University of Texas – Austin in Social Work.

To address the afore mentioned issues, the court, under Peter’s direction,  has identified a priority population of defendants that repeatedly commit crime within the court’s jurisdiction and engage these individuals by applying a comprehensive and intensive case management model that helps the repeat offenders to work toward permanent stability.

Peter Valdez

Peter Valdez, LMSW, is the Court Administrator of the Downtown Austin Community Court, a therapeutic jurisprudence court model implemented in October 1999 to address the Quality of Life and Public Order Offenses occurring in the Downtown Austin area. 

Jeremy maintains a positive working environment and relationship with other city departments. He is a veteran, having proudly served in the United States Marine Corp (USMC). He is married and has three children and enjoys sports, hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with his family. 

Jeremy Myers

Jeremy Myers has been employed with the city since 2007. He supervises five crew leaders overseeing a variety of community service operations throughout the city.

Robert believes government can and should effectively leverage its resources by collaborating with community stakeholders serving vulnerable individuals and families to reduce historical inequities and disproportionate health outcomes.

Robert Kingham

Robert has worked for the City of Austin since 2010.  He came over to the Downtown Austin Community Court from Austin Public Health in 2017 where he serves as the Court Operations Manager.  In this role, Robert is responsible for managing the administrative and clerical operations of the Court and the Community Services Restitution program, as well as administering a portion of the City of Austin’s social service investment portfolio.  These social service investments are intended to address quality of life issues, promote healthy living and support self-sufficiency of individuals in the downtown, West Campus and East Austin communities.