Marilyn Aboussie was born June 9, 1948, in Wichita Falls, Texas. She was admitted to the honors program at Midwestern University, graduating in three years in 1969. After two years on Capitol Hill in Washington, D. C., she entered the University of Texas School of Law, graduating in January 1974. She is married to UT law graduate John A. Hay, Jr.; are the parents of John Alvin Hay III, also a UT law graduate, who practices in Austin.
Aboussie began her law practice with in Houston. In 1976, Aboussie and her husband moved to San Angelo, Texas, where they both became partners in the firm of Smith, Davis, Rose, Finley, and Hofmann. Her husband continues to practice law in San Angelo with the firm of Hay, Wittenburg, Davis, Caldwell, and Bale. He is board certified in Tax and in Estate Planning, and she is certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
In 1983, the governor appointed Aboussie as the first judge of the 340th district court. In 1986, she was appointed to the Court of Appeals for the Third District of Texas. In 1998, she was elected Chief Justice of the Court, holding that office until her retirement on January 1, 2003. She continues to serve as a senior judge for the State of Texas and as a mediator.
Aboussie was the first female attorney in each law firm where she practiced, the first woman on a court of record in the Concho Valley, and the first woman to serve on the Court of Appeals since its creation in 1882. She was the first woman elected president of the Tom Green County Bar and the Young Lawyers Association. She served as chair of the Judicial Section of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Center for the Judiciary, the Council of Chief Justices, and as judicial member of the State Bar Board of Directors and the Texas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees. Aboussie also served on the Texas Judicial Council, the Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, and the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She has served on numerous State Bar and Supreme Court committees, many boards and commissions around the state, and is a frequent speaker and lecturer at civic events and professional seminars.
Chief Justice Aboussie’s honors include being named the outstanding woman in government service, outstanding woman office holder in Texas, and distinguished citizen of the Concho Valley. Midwestern State University named her its outstanding alumna, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in Texas awarded her its first outstanding jurist award, and the State Bar of Texas awarded her a presidential citation. Aboussie is a life member of the Texas Bar Foundation, the American Bar Foundation, Midwestern State University Ex-Students’ Association, and the University of Texas Ex-Students’ Association. She is on the professional advisory board for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. She is a member of the University of Texas Commission of 125, active in Emmanuel Episcopal Church, a trustee of the San Angelo Health Foundation. She served on the advisory board for the Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution and is a 2004 Fellows Class Graduate. She is on the Board of the First Financial Bank of San Angelo and a member of the Texas Philosophical Society. Aboussie joined the Executive Committee of the University of Texas Law Alumni Association in 2003.