A Message From Councilman Shaw

October 31, 2018

A Message From Councilman Shaw


Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Justice on the United States Supreme Court, once said, “In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.” Humanity is exactly the kind of attribute Ken Bell will bring to our local justice system as the newly appointed judge on the San Antonio Municipal Court.



I have been acquainted with Ken for many years now, and over time, we have developed a strong relationship based on mutual respect and trust. Our shared experiences – we are both attorneys, we both care deeply about education – brought us closer together. Ken has also distinguished himself as a public servant.  He has made a difference for many families through his work with youth groups like the Boys Scouts of America and by offering his services to his church’s legal ministry. But the quality that stands out the most to me and those who know Ken well is his fervent dedication to his wife Pamela and two children Yvonne and Walter. Ken Bell is a man who understands that unity and understanding make us stronger.


San Antonio has called itself a compassionate city that values equity and diversity. Yet, before this appointment, there were no African-American judges on the Municipal Court. In a country where the overwhelming majority of the incarcerated population is either black or Latino, I believe Ken’s background gives him a unique perspective that will only supplement his consummate mastery of the law. In approving the appointment of Ken Bell, I aim to implement the true meaning of the words in our nation’s pledge of allegiance, “liberty and justice for all.” Congratulations, Ken!




Councilman “Cruz” Shaw is the chair of the San Antonio Municipal Court. Ken Bell was appointed as a judge to the San Antonio Municipal Court on October 18, 2018.



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