Guardianship – STAFF

Myra Kirkland –Myra is the Manager of the Court Investigator’s Office.  She lives in a small town where she has served as Municipal Judge since 2006.  She officially began her legal career in 1998 while attending the Texas Wesleyan School of Law when she began working in the law school’s Social Security Disability clinic and in various internships.  While still in law school, she prepared and argued Social Security Disability cases, clerked for a family law judge, worked as a Public Defender on probation revocation cases, and prosecuted Domestic Violence cases for the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office.

Myra graduated from law school in December, 1999, and was licensed in Texas in May, 2000.  She then drove to Mississippi, took the Mississippi bar, and was also licensed in Mississippi in 2000.  For the last 13 years, Myra has practiced law in Collin, Dallas, Tarrant and Denton counties in the fields of guardianship, probate, family law, and personal injury.

In addition to being a lawyer, Myra also attended Texas A & M University in Commerce and is Licensed Master Social Worker.

She began her current position in the Dallas County Probate Court Investigator’s Office as staff attorney and investigator for all three Dallas County Probate Judges in 2008.  As the only staff attorney for the Dallas County Probate Courts, Myra investigates and files guardianship cases for community referrals involving individuals who have no family or friends willing or qualified to serve as guardians or who have no estates from which to pay a private attorney.  She also files restoration, successor, county to county transfer, and guardian removal cases.

Elizabeth Hart – Elizabeth Hart is the Chief Court Visitor for the Dallas County Probate Courts.  She has supervised the Court Visitor Program for Dallas County since August 2010.  Her prior experience includes parent advocacy, child welfare, money management as a less restrictive alternative to guardianship, and guardianship case management.  She served as an intern with the Court Visitor Program in 2005 before becoming a Licensed Master Social Worker and Texas Certified Guardian.  She is a Field Instructor for master's level social work interns from the University of Texas in Arlington and Texas A & M in Commerce. She is a native Dallasite.

Patricia McArdle – Patricia McArdle supervises the Court Investigator function for the Dallas County Probate Courts.  She holds a B.S. in Psychology from Dallas Baptist University and a Master of Science in Social Work.  She is a Registered Guardian, Texas Certified Guardian and a member of both the National and Texas Guardianship Associations.

Patricia teaches CEU workshops on the subjects of the elderly and disabled at the University of Texas at Arlington and has presented in national conferences including the Texas Regional Conference of the National Association of Social Workers, the National and Texas Guardianship Association, and the National Forensic Social Work Conference in the areas of ethics, guardianship, elder issues and community social work, as well as local professional and community groups.  She is a Field Instructor for master's level social work interns from the University of Texas in Arlington and Texas A & M in Commerce.

Drew Dixon – Drew Dixon has been a Court Investigator for the Dallas County Probate Courts since 2010.  For over a quarter of a century he has advocated for persons with disabilities.  His primary focus has been on people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.  His advocacy venues are as varied as being appointed to the Board of the Texas Correctional Office on Offenders with Mental and Medical Impairments to serving on the ADA Compliance Advisory Committee for the new Cowboy Stadium. Dixon created and managed the Guardianship Program at The Arc of Dallas, one of two agencies that the Dallas County Probate Courts contract with to act as guardians for specific populations.  He is a Nationally Certified Guardian and a Texas Certified Guardian.  He is a member of both the National and Texas Guardianship Associations.

Murad Campbell – With a background in helping individuals with developmental disabilities and working in community mental health, in both inpatient and outpatient settings, Murad Campbell brings a wealth of experience to his role as Court Investigator for the Dallas County Probate Courts. Originally from New Jersey, he relocated to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and completed a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of North Texas in 2009 and a Master of Social Work from Texas A&M Commerce in 2010. Before obtaining his licensure as a Licensed Master Social Worker, Murad interned with the City of Dallas at the Martin Luther King Center in the Social Services department. While at the University of North Texas, Murad served as president of the Social Work Student Association (SWSA). Growing up with a brother who had developmental disabilities fueled Murad’s desire to become a social worker and help others.

Olga Moreno – Olga Moreno is the Administrative Assistant for the Dallas County Probate Court Investigator's Office. She received her Associate Degree in Office Technology of Applied Science - Administrative Assistant at Mountain View Community College. Olga did an internship at the Law Offices of Rhonda Hunter and Brenda Hull Thompson as Administrative Assistant and legal secretary. At the close of her internship, she was offered a full time job at the law firm and worked there over a decade. At the law firm she learned different court procedures and drafted legal documents. Prior to joining the Probate Court Investigator's Office, Olga worked for John F. Warren, Dallas County Clerk, as a Process Clerk and Mental Illness Clerk. While working as a clerk, she gained experience with the procedures required for the Mental Illness Court. Olga is bilingual in Spanish and English

For additional information or to contact the Court Investigator’s Office please call (214) 653-6446.

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