Accomplishments as Judge of County Court at Law No. 1

• Elected Administrative Judge for the County Courts at Law in 2017
• Implemented new technologies in the courtroom
• Drafted and implemented new Criminal Misdemeanor Plea forms that are utilized by all County Courts at Law
• Drafted and implemented Small Estate Affidavit Instructions for pro se litigants that are utilized by all County Courts at Law
• Drafted and implemented Docket Control Orders on Civil & Probate Cases to reduce trial wait times from 3 years to 1 year or less
• Reduced the backlog on the review of probate case filings from a 9-18 month wait period to a 45 days or less wait period
• Reduced wait times for probate hearings from 6 weeks or more to 3 weeks or less
• Implemented Small Estate Affidavit Hearings to reduce issues and curb fraud
• Implemented a Guardianship Show Cause Docket for guardians failing to properly file Annual Reports with the Court
• Implemented standards for all attorneys applying to the Probate and Guardianship Ad Litem Lists
• Teaches a yearly Probate CLE for all attorneys seeking ad litem appointments for County Court at Law No. 1
• Reduced wasteful spending on antiquated legal books and replaced them with cost effective legal software
• Implemented remote access for all court cases, in order to reduce wasteful spending and redundant printing
• Established a twice yearly Westlaw & Lexis training session for Attorneys in partnership with the Fort Bend County Law Library
• Established a written Policy and Procedures for CCL1 Staff
• Assisted in expanding the law library

Professional Experience

• Judge, Fort Bend County Court at Law No. 1
• Owner/Principal, The Morales Law Firm, PLLC
• Associate, Roberts Markel Weinberg, PC
• Partner, Carter & Morales, LLP
• Assistant District Attorney, Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office

Presentations and Teaching Engagements

• Practicing Probate in County Court at Law No. 1. (presented on March 21, 2016)
• Ad Litems: Practicing in County Court at Law No. 1 (presented on April 1, 2016)
• Juvenile Law: A View From the Bench (presented on April 8, 2016)
• Coffee with the Court (presented on August 15, 2016)
• Commencement Speaker for the Inaugural Fort Bend County Juvenile Probation Department GED Graduating Class (presented on June 20, 2016)
• TYLA Article Contributor on Transitioning from Private Practice to Government Service (December 2016)
• Practicing Probate in County Court at Law No. 1 & 2 (presented on February 20, 2017)
• DELAA Presenter on Practicing Probate in County Court at Law No. 1 (presented on March 23, 2017)
• Fulshear Area of Chamber of Commerce presentation on Fort Bend County’s Court System (presented on May 10, 2017)
• Commencement Speaker for the 2017 Fort Bend County Juvenile Probation Department GED Graduating Class (presented on June 19, 2017)

Education

• South Texas College of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence
• Texas A&M University, Bachelor of Environmental Design
• National Advocacy Center, Trial Skills, South Carolina
• 30+ hours of Continuing Legal Education each year

Current and Past Professional Affiliations

• State Bar of Texas
• College of the State Bar of Texas
• Texas Center for Judiciary
• Fort Bend County Bar Association
• Fort Bend Criminal Attorney’s Association
• Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association
• Texas Young Lawyer’s Association
• Juvenile Law Section, State Bar of Texas
• Real Estate, Probate & Trust Section, State Bar of Texas

Current and Past Community Involvement

• Fort Bend County Council of Judges
• Fort Bend County Courts at Law Board of Judges
• Fort Bend County Juvenile Board
• Fort Bend County Truancy Committee
• Fort Bend County Bail Bond Board
• Fort Bend County Mental Health Advisory Board
• Fort Bend County Law Library Board
• Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce
• Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce Young Professional’s Division, Vice Chairman
• Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance
• Needville Chamber of Commerce
• Katy Chamber of Commerce
• Constellation Foundation
• Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
• Fort Bend County Child Advocates, Volunteer
• Lamar Education Awards Foundation, Volunteer
• American Red Cross, Volunteer
• CASA, Volunteer