Bachelor of Science, Industrial Engineering,
(The University of Houston) -
Doctor of Jurisprudence (South Texas College of Law)
Tammy Tran & Assoc. (1999 to 2005),
Woodfill & Pressler, LLP (2006 to 2009),
Michael P. Fleming & Assoc. (2011 to 2014), David Tang, Attorney at Law (2014 to present)
Summer Volunteer - VBS,
Yearly Pro Bono Work
I am mindful and understand that the courts are for the benefit of the public and the litigants and not for the judiciary. The conduct and manner of a judge should promote public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary. A judge should treat every person fairly and with courtesy and respect. I would allow all litigants to develop their case and gather evidence in a timely manner so that no one is surprised and everyone is ready for trial.
I would make an initial review of all the oldest cases that are remaining on the Court’s docket and come up with a schedule to promptly resolve them. Thereafter, I would institute a one continuance policy for each party on each lawsuit so that the cases can be brought to a jury or bench trial more efficiently. I would also set a deadline for all parties to file their respective motions to dismiss to weed out all frivolous claims and defenses.
If any questions of impartiality arise, I would immediately refer it to the administrative judge who will then decide on the matter. I would abide by any decision made by the administrative judge. Moreover, during the first year as judge, I would transfer any cases to other courts if a litigant is being represented by any firm(s) that I may have worked for during the two years prior to taking the bench.
B.A. Texas State University May 1985- dual majors Pol. Science and Philosophy, Outstanding Senior in Philosophy 1985; J.D. May 1988 South Texas College of Law; Florida State Univ. Summer Law Program Oxford Univ. 1987; UH Law ADR Mediation Cert. 2002
Law Office of Sophia A. Mafrige-January 1991-present; focusing on general civil litigation, transactional matters, family law, and real estate.
Member HBA, AWA, HBA Foundation. Mediator.
Mafrige & Kormanik-1988 to 1991, Assoc. litigation firm.
Commissioner HPD Civil Service Commission; Houston Bar Assoc., Foundation Fellow, Legallines volunteer; STCL mock trial judge; IOCC Hurricane Harvey volunteer; St. George Orthodox Church, past Board member/officer; St. Jude Childrens Hosp. Houston
Fairness and impartiality are crucial to the administration of justice. I have experience representing parties on both sides of the docket, parties who seek relief and parties who are defending claims. I will consider all evidence presented by the parties in making decisions. Unlike criminal cases where the lack of adequate representation can be an issue on appeal, I am running for a civil bench. Ethical guidelines and the code of judicial conduct limit what a judge can do, but I will work within them to be fair and let the parties be heard.
The efficiency of the Court in ruling on matters expeditiously, and conducting hearings and trials, are of utmost importance to the parties and attorneys who will appear before the Court. The citizens of Harris County are best served by judges who will follow the law, and, manage dockets so as to reduce time expended and fees for all who are involved in litigation matters. If elected, a review of the active cases will help me formulate a plan. I would like to structure motion dockets based on the parties' time estimates, and consider having multiple dockets set for different matters, i.e. discovery disputes, summary judgments, minor settlements, etc…. It can be costly and frustrating for clients and attorneys to sit through hours of hearings if not necessary. I will assess issues upon taking office, reviewing the court's pending cases and docket, and conferring with the staff.
Having a broad range of litigation experience over decades has allowed me to witness the impact of judges who were not impartial. There will always be issues that might impact impartiality, but I can only say that personally, the law and rules of civil procedure will guide me, not whether a contribution has been made.