EXPERT PANEL MEMBERS
Judge Mark Atkinson, CEO, Texas Center for the Judiciary
Judge Atkinson is Chief Executive Officer for the Texas Center for the Judiciary in Austin, Texas. Before the Texas Center, he served 24 years on the bench of a Harris County, Texas, Criminal Court at Law, where he presided over approximately 100,000 criminal cases, including 1,000 jury trials, many of them being DWIs. Shortly after taking the bench in 1987, Judge Atkinson began imposing and supervising creative sentences in impaired-driving cases, particularly with regard to repeat offenders. After six terms of office, he retired and was named Judicial Resource Liaison under the Texas Center’s Texas Department of Public Safety Traffic Safety Grant Program. He served two years in that capacity before being named CEO of the Texas Center. Judge Atkinson has been active in state and national judicial leadership and education, serving as Chair of the Texas Center for the Judiciary and the Judicial Section of the State Bar of Texas. Prior to taking the bench in 1987, he practiced law for seven years. First licensed in 1980, he developed a practice focused on criminal, family and civil trial law. Judge Atkinson earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin and his law degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston. Tilde Bricker, Victim Services Specialist, MADD Ohio Tilde Bricker began working for MADD in April 1996. She currently serves as the State Victim Services Specialist and a certified Crime Victim Advocate and Death Notification Instructor for the Ohio State Office of MADD. She is also a Registered Advocate with Senior Standing with the Ohio Advocate Network. Tilde coordinates MADD Ohio’s Crime Victim Advocacy and Outreach program. Tilde has implemented Crime Victim Services Training initiatives, such as the Victim Assistance Training Institute for Advocates and the Crisis Responder Training entitled “Death Notification: Delivering the News with Compassion” since 2001. Under her guidance, MADD Ohio received the “Ohio Attorney General’s Two Days in May Promising Practice Award” for MADD Ohio’s Victim Services Minority Outreach Program in 2006, along with the MADD National “Excellence in Diversity Award” that same year. Tilde has served on the National Panel of Experts for MADD’s initiative to address Impaired Driving Child Endangerment issues nationwide in 2002, 2003 and 2017, and she continues to serve as a public policy advocate on many issues that affect Ohio’s impaired driving’s infrastructure across the state.
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