Leading African-American publication praises judge for energy, experience
HOUSTON – Houston Style Magazine, one of the city’s most popular urban weekly publications, released a profile on Judge Mike Schneider and an analysis of his race today that praises the incumbent as someone who has the “energy” and experience to handle the complex cases that move through the juvenile justice system.
“He is the type of judge who I think can discuss very complex legal issues with everyday people AND who has the personality and demeanor to manage a court room so that both sides get a fair hearing,” wrote author Pamela Crawford, who recently interviewed Judge Schneider about his bid to win a second term as the judge in the 315th Juvenile District Court.
Crawford also notes that Judge Schneider is passionate about his work and that he has received the overwhelming support of Houston Bar Association members in recent judicial candidate qualification polls. She also notes that Judge Schneider’s opponent, who did not respond to several interview requests, lacks experience in trying cases.
“Judge Schneider’s one-word description for himself is ‘energy.’ He’s got the energy to manage a court docket with hundreds of cases per year, while working to make the court more secure and efficient,” Crawford wrote. “He also manages to speak with state lawmakers about stronger laws to protect abuse victims and families. One needs a lot of energy to manage all of that. Clearly, he’s got that, as well as the ability to continuing serving as judge of this court. He’s got my vote.”
Judge Schneider said he was proud that a publication so respected in the African-American community would praise his work on the bench.
“Everything I’ve tried to accomplish as a judge has been with the goal of bringing us all together as a community to confront juvenile justice issues,” said Judge Schneider. “Experience is what matters in these type of courts. I have the experience that’s needed and I’ve been doing the job and doing it in a way to build bridges to all communities. I’m glad this publication has recognized that there’s no time for on-the-job training when you’re dealing with issues like child abuse and juvenile crime.”