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District Judge, 295th Judicial District (Civil)

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    Michelle Fraga
    (Rep)

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    Donna Roth
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

What will you do to ensure that all parties involved in cases before the court will have an opportunity to have their interests adequately represented and considered?

What will you do to ensure that cases before your court are heard in a timely manner?

How will you ensure impartiality in your court given the current system of financing judicial campaigns, which allows donations from those who may later bring cases before your court?

Education Cy-Fair High School -1993 University of Houston -1998 South Texas College of Law Houston -2004
Experience Harris County Attorney's Office Harris County Sheriff's Office Fraga Law Office
Community MD Anderson; Children’s Museum of Houston; Aids Foundation Houston, Steps for Students; Sheltering Arms; Junior League of Houston, St. Rose of Lima Catholic
Phone (832) 767-5833
I will come to the bench prepared; open minded; listen to the evidence; apply the law fairly and ensure that parties have adequate time to present their cases and schedule trials and hearings timely.
To ensure that cases are heard in a timely manner I would dismiss frivolous lawsuits, limit continuances, set quick trial dates, make the best use of technology and hold attorneys responsible for their cases.
Under the present system, funding for judicial races comes from many sources, including lawyers. However, the many citizens that have supported or will support my campaign expect and ask only one thing: that I perform my duties with the dignity, honor, honesty and integrity that is expected of the office. I am heartfully committed to uphold that expectation.
Education St. John's University, Bachelor of Arts, 1983; South Texas College of Law-Houston, Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1987
Experience 1987 - 1991, Associate, Thurlow & Associates; 1991 - 1994, Partner, Thurlow, Roth & Garriga; 1994 - Present, Managing Partner, Roth & Associates
Community I mentor a group of 4th grade students. After months of practicing I take all of them to the downtown courthouse and assist them with The Case of the Missing Cookies.
Phone (713) 654-2143
Twitter @Roth_for_Judge
I will read the material presented by the parties and be prepared. I will give all parties the time needed to adequately prepare and present their respective positions. I will allow and require additional briefing when there is an important issue. I will rule on the merits and not necessarily on the "gotcha" procedural pitfalls. I will treat all people in the same manner in which I would want to be treated. I will be accessible to those who need to be heard.
In the last 30 years I have handled a busy trial docket in my own practice. I often work 12-15 hour days and most weekends. I will work as hard from the bench. There is no reason for a 6-8 week wait for a hearing. If the courtroom is busy, find alternatives, i.e. judge's chambers, jury rooms, private conference rooms, or law school courtrooms. I will ensure that rulings on contested matters are rendered no more than 2 weeks after they are heard. Trial settings need to be realistic.
Under our current system campaign contributions are a necessity and it is no secret that lawyers are the major source of those contributions. However, in the 295th whether you gave the maximum or you gave nothing you will be treated with equal dignity, integrity and respect. I WILL follow the law and if the law says you win, then you will win, and if the law says you lose, then you will lose, irrespective of any contribution made to my campaign.