UH Law Center alumna Slaughter '04 elected to Texas appeals court 

Judge Michelle Slaughter, a 2004 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center.

Judge Michelle Slaughter, a 2004 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center.

Nov. 29, 2018 — After receiving more than 70 percent of the vote in November's midterm election, Judge Michelle Slaughter won Seat 8 on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

Slaughter presided over criminal cases since 2013 as judge of the 405th State District Court in Galveston County.

"It is an incredible honor and is tremendously humbling to have people put their trust and confidence in me," Slaughter, a 2004 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center said. "As a state-wide judicial candidate, I traveled more than 40,000 miles across the state in the last year."

Before taking the bench, Slaughter was a managing member of the firm Slaughter & Hammock. She practiced at Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell from 2005 to 2010 and also served as a moot court coach at the Law Center during that period.

Slaughter's first job out of law school was with Haynes and Boone. She clerked at Nelkin & Nelkin, PC and Ware Snow Fogel & Jackson during her time as a Law Center student.

"Not only did the Law Center provide me with an outstanding legal education, but other extracurricular activities helped me hone my leadership skills, communications skills, organization skills, and written and oral advocacy," Slaughter said.

"It also provided me with networking opportunities, the opportunity to be involved in moot court, the board of Advocates, the Hispanic Law Students Association, the mediation clinic, state and federal judicial internships."

Slaughter encourages law school students or young attorneys with an interest in becoming judges to become involved with their communities.

"They should take on community service and leadership roles," she said. "If you plan to run with a political party, it is best to get active and involved with your local party."

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