Accomplishments

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE

  • JUDGE, 310th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE STATE OF TEXAS 1995 through present
  • Hirsch, Glover, Robinson & Sheiness (Associate) 1991 through 1993
  • Private Practice 1987 through 1991
  • Harris County District Attorney’s Office (Intern) 1985 through 1986
  • South Texas College of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence 1986
  • University of Houston, Bachelor of Science in Education 1983

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Speaker: Family Law Mediation Training Center Seminar—“Mediation – When, Temporary v. Permanent, Earlier v. Later in the Litigation Process” (October 1996)
  • Speaker: Family Law Mediation Training Seminar – “Symposium: Pitfalls In Mediation” (October 1997)
  • Family/Probate Bench Bar Conference – “How To Win Your Case – The Judges Tell It Like It Is” (October 1998)
  • Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists – “Top Ten Blunders Good Lawyers Make” (September 1998)
  • Moderator: Harris County Judge Orientation – “Panel Discussion By Judges” (December 1998)
  • Speaker: Hamilton Junior High School Career Day Speaker (February 1999)
  • Speaker: Second Annual HBA Family Law Section Family Law Section Law Institute – “The Top Ten Mistakes Made By Lawyers” (March 1999)
  • Speaker: 22nd Annual Marriage Dissolution Institute – “Disqualification of Lawyers And Judges And Recusals Of Judges, Including The Visiting Judiciary: Inappropriate Behavior – Point/Counterpoint” (May 1999)
  • 25th Advanced Family Law Course – “Disqualification and Recusal” (August 1999)
  • Faculty (Group Facilitator) – National Judicial College, General Jurisdiction Course, Reno, Nevada (April 2000)
  • Speaker and Chair: 26th Advanced Family Law Course – “Who Ya’ Gonna Call When CPS Comes A Knockin’” (August 2000)
  • Speaker: Texas Association of Domestic Relations Offices – “A View From The Bench On Visitation Enforcement” (October 2001)
  • Host with The Safe Family Program of “Child Abuse Awareness Month” (April 2002)
  • Speaker: The Bench Live: The Latest from the Judges on Practice in Their Courts (Houston Bar Association, August 2003)
  • Speaker: 2005 Family Law Institute – “How To Prosecute And Defend a Family Violence Protective Order — Mock Trial” (March 2005)
  • Speaker: The Trial Of A Family Law Jury Case – “ Closing Argument” (January 2008)
  • South Texas College of Law – Visitors Committee 2008 to present
  • Speaker: 35th Annual Advanced Family Law Course – “Evidence Workshop: Keeping It In, Keeping It Out ” (August 2009)
  • Speaker: 25th Annual Conference - Texas Association Of Domestic Relation Offices: “A View From The Bench” (November 2009)

MEMBERSHIPS

  • State Bar of Texas, including Family Law Section
  • Family Law Council – Judicial Education for Associate Judges (1997)
  • State Bar College
  • Texas Center Of the Judiciary – Associate Judges Issues Committee (1997)
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Houston Bar Association (Family Law Section, Litigation Section, Computer Law Section)
  • Houston Bar Association Planning Committee for CLE – 1999
  • Houston Bar Association Executive Team – Computer and Online Section – Counsel Position At Large (2002-2003)
  • Planning Committee Member – 22nd Annual Marriage Dissolution Institute (1999)
  • South Texas College of Law – Affinity Group Steering Committee (2000)
  • South Texas College of Law – Visitors Committee 2008 to present
  • Harris County Board of District Judges
    • Education & Entertainment Committee Chair 1998 to 2005
    • Coordinator of Harris County Judge Orientation 1998
    • Legislative Committee 1998 to 2005
    • Purchasing Agent Committee 2001 to 2007
    • Chairman, Purchasing Agent Committee 2008 to present
    • Technology Committee 1997
    • Rules Committee 2006 to present
    • Juvenile Board Member 2008 to present

AWARDS

  • JUDGE OF THE YEAR AWARDS FOR 2001 (Awarded January 30, 2002) by Peace Officers Looking Into Courthouse Excellence (P.O.L.I.C.E., inc.)