Susan Criss

Susan Criss

Partner
Location:
Harker Heights, Texas
Phone:
254-781-5109
Fax:
254-699-9996
Email:

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Law
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Criminal Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1993

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1986

Education

  • South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas
    • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.) - May, 1986
  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas - 1984
  • University of Texas, Austin, Texas
    • Bachelor of Arts - 1982
    • Major: Government
  • Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas - 1980
  • La Marque High School, La Marque, Texas - 1979

Published Works

  • "Moving out of the Old Courthouse", Galveston County Daily News , April , 2006
  • "Thanks for Support in Time of Trial", Galveston County Daily News, November, 2004
  • "Mother Nature Proved Me Wrong", Galveston County Daily News, August, 2003
  • "Cuts to Budget Will Cost Taxpayers More", Galveston County Daily News, April, 2003
  • "Isle Can be Proud To Claim Suffragist", Galveston County Daily News, October, 2002
  • "Far Too Many Mentally Ill Are Incarcerated", Beaumont Examiner, July, 2002
  • "Time To Respond To Mental Illness Crisis", Galveston County Daily News, June, 2002
  • "Conference Shows Resolve of NYC Justice System", Galveston County Daily News, November, 2001
  • "Legislators Give Children a Chance", Galveston Daily News, August, 1997
  • "Equal Protection Under The Law For All Citizens", Galveston Daily News
  • "Letter to Our Visitors from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama", Galveston County Daily News, August, 2005

Classes/Seminars

  • Mental Health Legislative Forum, Mental Health & Substance Abuse Task Force & Gulf Coast MHMR Center, , 2005
  • National Association of Women Judges, New Judges School, Texas Center for the Judiciary
  • Judges and the Media, NAWJ Annual Conference
  • "Emergency Preparedness: Lessons Learned From Hurricane Ike", Winter Regional Conference for the Texas Center for the Judiciary, San Antonio, Texas, January 26, 2009 - Present
  • "Emergency Preparedness: Lessons Learned From Hurricane Ike", Winter Regional Conference for the Texas Center for the Judiciary, El Paso, Texas, February 24, 2009 - Present
  • "Handling High Profile Cases and Dealing with the Media", Houston Bar Association, January 9, 2009 - Present
  • "The Arrival of Blogs and Online Journalism", Panel Member, National Judicial College, Reno NV, November 18, 2008 - Present
  • "Gag Orders, Sealed Records and Open Courtrooms" Panel Member, State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, Houston, Texas, June 27, 2008 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Seminar, Lecturer "Domestic Violence", 2003
  • "Jail Diversion Services in Texas" Panel Member Houston, TX, 18th Annual Texas Community MHMR Center Staff and Trustee Training Conference, 2003

Honors and Awards

  • State Bar of Texas Honorary Resolution for producing the Color of Justice Video, 2004
  • Texas Democratic Women Outstanding Woman Officeholder, 2004
  • Gulf Coast National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Honoree, 2003
  • Outstanding Young Lawyer of Galveston County, 1994
  • 26th Annual Telly Award winner 2005, along with Stonefilms of Texas, Inc. for "the Color of Justice" video, Executive Producer
  • Fred C. Johnson Foundation "People Who Make A Difference" Honoree, 2005

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Judicial Section of the State Bar of Texas, Trial Judges Legislative Committee, 2004 - 2006
  • The Gulf Coast Center MHMR Jail Diversion Task Force, Chairperson, 2002 - Present
  • The Mental Health Task Force of Galveston County, Member, 2004 - Present
  • The National Association of Women Judges, Member, 2001 - Present
  • NAWJ Board of Directors, District 11 Director, 2004 - 2006
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Member, 1998 - Present
  • Judicial Section of the Texas State Bar, 1999 - Present
  • Galveston County Bar Association, Past President, 1996 - 1997
  • Galveston County Bar Association, Member, 1986 - Present
  • Galveston County Community Supervision & Corrections Board, 1999 - Present
  • Galveston County Juvenile Probation Board, 1999 - Present
  • Galveston County Pre-Trial Release Board, Chair, 2003 - 2004
  • Galveston County Pre-Trial Release Board, Member, 1999 - Present
  • Galveston County Criminal Justice Board, 2002 - Present
  • Galveston County Purchasing Board, 2002 - Present
  • League of Women Voters of Galveston County, Historian, 2005 - Present
  • Galveston County Genealogy Society, 2002 - Present
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Galveston County Local Law Enforcement Block Grant Advisory Board
  • Galveston County Young Lawyers Association, 1987 - 1997
  • Galveston County Young Lawyers Association, Secretary, 1992 - 1993
  • Galveston County Bar Association Pro Bono Committee, 1995 - 1997
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Texas District and County Attorneys Association, 1987 - 1996
  • Galveston County Child Abuse & Neglect Task Force, Founding Member
  • Galveston County Child Death Review Task Force, Founding Member
  • NAWJ Board of Directors, District 11 Director (Texas, Oklahoma & Arkansas), 2004 - 2005
  • Trial Judges Legislative Committee, Judicial Section of the State bar of Texas, October 12, 2004 - 2005
  • Texas Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, 2014 - Present
  • Harris County Criminal Attorneys Association, 2014 - Present
  • Galveston County Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, 1998, 2014 - Present
  • Bell County Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • 212th District Court Galveston, Texas District Judge, 1999 - 2013
  • Law Offices of Susan Criss Galveston, Texas, Attorney, 1996 - 1998
  • Galveston County Criminal District Attorney's Office, Assistant Criminal District Attorney, 1987 - 1996
  • Child & Elder Abuse, Special Prosecutor, 1993 - 1996
  • Felony Trial Attorney, 1989 - 1993
  • Chief Misdemeanor Division, 1988 - 1989
  • Law Clerk, 1985 - 1986
  • The Office of the Attorney General of Texas Environmental Protection Division, Austin, Texas, Law Clerk, 1983 - 1984
  • University of Texas Austin, Texas, Assistant Ombudsman, 1981 - 1982