Judge Polly Jackson Spencer

Bexar County Courthouse
Probate Court Number One
100 Dolorosa, Rm. 123
San Antonio, TX 78205
Telephone: (210) 335-2678
Facsimile: (210) 335-3998


B.A. in History, Duke University January 1970

J.D. with Distinction, St. Mary's University, School of Law December 1976

Professional Activities

Appointed Judge of Probate Court No. 1 July 16, 1990

Elected Judge of Probate Court No. 1 November 1990

Elected again in 1994 and 1998 (unopposed both times)

Active Life Member Phi Delta Phi

Fellow of Texas Bar Foundation and San Antonio Bar Foundation

Member of:

  • National College of Probate Judges
  • Texas College of Probate Judges
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • The College of the State Bar of Texas
  • San Antonio Bar Association
  • San Antonio Estate Planners Council

Academic Appointments and Honors

Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law

Chair - Bexar County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Advisory Committee

Member of:

  • Supreme Court Task Force on Judicial Appointments for the State of Texas 1993
  • Policy Maker Task Force for the Integration of Behavioral Health Care in Bexar County 1998
  • University Health System Tobacco Advisory Committee 1998
  • Substance Abuse Steering Committee for Bexar County 1999

Church Activities

Lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church of San Antonio

Ordained both a Deacon and an Elder

Current Clerk of the Session

Member of many committees throughout the years

Thirty-plus year member of Sanctuary Choir

Thirty-plus year pianist at Arthur Gray Jones Bible Class

Sunday School Music teacher

Confirmation Class teacher for four years


Speaker at various State Bar of Texas Professional Development Program courses on matters relating to probate, estate planning and guardianships at Texas College of Probate Judges' workshops, seminars and conferences; at San Antonio Bar Association presentations on various matters relating to probate, estate planning and guardian-ships; and before many other professional and non-professional organizations on various matters related to probate, estate planning, guardianships, and mental health.