Governor Rick Perry Appoints Judge Robb Catalano as Advisory Committee
Governor Rick Perry appointed Judge Robb Catalano of Tarrant County as Chair of the Advisory
Committee on Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairments. Judge Catalano presides over
Criminal District Court No. 3 in Tarrant County. He has already served on the committee since
2013 as a member, representing the judiciary. The 31-member committee advises the Texas
Correctional Office on Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairments (TCOOMMI), a state
agency. TCOOMMI identifies and develops services for offenders in the criminal justice system
with medical or mental impairments. The office also maintains a community-based program that
seeks to divert offenders from the state criminal justice system.
Judge Sue Kurita Re-Elected Vice Chair of Commission on Judicial Conduct
Judge Sue Kurita, Judge of El Paso County Court at Law No. 6, was re-elected Vice Chair of
the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct for the 2014-2015 term. She was initially
appointed for the County Court position by the Texas Supreme Court in 2010.
Judge Steve Smith Appointed to ABA’s Standing Committee on the American
The American Bar Association has named Judge Steve Smith, Judge of Brazos County’s 361st
District Court, to its Standing Committee on the American Judicial System. This appointment
is for a three-year term. The Standing Committee on the American Judicial System focuses on
protecting fair and impartial courts, improving the administration of justice, ensuring adequate
court funding, and defending against unfair attacks on the judicial branch. It supports efforts to
increase public understanding about the role of the judiciary and the importance of fair courts
within the American democracy.
Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Honors Retiring Judges
Six of the 20 Tarrant County criminal judges retired in 2013-2014: Judges Daryl Coffey, Sherry Hill, Billy Mills, Mike Mitchell, Sharen
Wilson, and Everett Young, with a total of 162 years of combined service. Judge Mills alone served as judge for 39 years. The judges
were honored with portraits and a luncheon by the Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA).