3rd Court of Appeals, Place 4


Beth Payan has been a felony prosecutor with the Travis County District Attorney’s Office for over 25 years. She is currently lead attorney of the Diversion Division, working to keep low-level, non-violent or youthful offenders out of jail and get them support and services. She also was a leader in developing the Austin Community Court, which with homeless individuals to offer support services. She has served on the Family Violence Protection Team and Child Protection Team. As Hate Crimes prosecutor, she has served on the Hate Crimes Task Force since its inception. She also has served as a board member for St. Luke’s Infant Care Center, First English Lutheran Child Development Center, AISD Doss Campus Advisory Committee and CampFire Central Texas. She is a graduate of St. Mary's School of Law.