Off the bench, I am an advocate for responsible redevelopment of near town neighborhoods by participating in projects and groups that promote the inclusion of affordable housing in redevelopment plans, the preservation of historic architecture, and the provision of public infrastructure and amenities that improve the quality of life for inner city Houstonians.

In 1991, I joined with like minded neighbors as a founding board member of Avenue Community Development Corporation. For ten years, I served on the board and my life partner Mark Parthie continues serving today. Avenue has grown over the years and built or restored over 350 units of affordable housing in the Near Northside and Washington Avenue Corridors. Just prior to my full time appointment to the Municipal Courts, I served as Director of Rental Housing at Avenue.

My historic preservation efforts have been recognized by the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance. In 1996, my business partners and I received the Good Brick Award for Neighborhood Revitalization for a block face of properties we restored in the Old Sixth Ward. Two of my projects at Avenue CDC were also recognized: the Summer Street Rentals and the Elder Street Lofts (formerly the Jefferson Davis Hospital).

I am an advocate for human rights, including participating in the election campaign of Annise Parker, Houston's first openly gay or lesbian officeholder as Campaign Chair and Treasurer, serving on the board of Stonewall Lawyers (formerly Bar Association of Houston Rights), serving as Secretary and Councilmember for the State Bar of Texas Section on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues and numerous Houston based political campaigns.

I have served the citizens of Houston and Texas in a number of ways including: Vice Chair, Old Sixth Ward Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Board; Secretary, Houston Buyers Club; Chair, Abandoned & Contaminated Sites Subcommittee, Houston Foresight II Committee; Member - Houston's Committee for Sustainable Community Redevelopment; Founding Board Member & Past President - Avenue Community Development Corporation.




Advisory Board, Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston, 2013 to present
Founders Circle, Houston Walk for Mental Health Awareness, 2010 to present
Boardmember, International Association of LGBT Judges, 2010 to present
Advisory Board, Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, Rice University, 2010 to present
Boardmember and Secretary, Expert Nutrition (fka Houston Buyers Club), 2005 to 2012
Vice Chair, State Bar of Texas, Sexual Orientation Gender Identity Issues Section - 2003 to 2004
Vice Chair, Old Sixth Ward Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Board –2000 to present
Treasurer, Annise Parker Campaign, 1991 to 2001
Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation, 1999
Chair, Abandoned & Contaminated Sites Subcommittee, Houston Foresight II Committee –1998 -2000
Member – Houston’s Committee for Sustainable Community Redevelopment - 1998
Member - Pro Bono College of Texas - 1996 to 2001
Board Member & Past President - Avenue Community Development Corporation - 1992 to 2001
Board Member - Bar Association for Human Rights - 1992 to 1993
Board Member - Old Sixth Ward Neighborhood Association - 1991 to 1998
Member - Order of the Barons - 1990
Joint Ventures for Business and Humanities - 1982
Baker College Shakespearean Theater Producer - 1982
Chairman - Texas Public Interest Research Group - 1979 to 1980


Trailblazer Award, Harris County Democratic Party - 2011
Houston GLBT Political Caucus Leadership Award-2009
Judge Norman Black Award, State Bar of Texas, LGBT Law Section - 2009
Harvey Milk Award, Houston Stonewall Young Democrats - 2008
Government Friend of the Homeless Award, Coalition for the Homeless of Houston & Harris Co.-2006
Greater Houston Preservation Alliance's Good Brick Award for Neighborhood Revitalization - 1996
AmJur Award, Antitrust -1988
Baker College Fellow - 1982
Philpott Award for Exceptional Service to Baker College - 1982



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