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Katherine Cabaniss is a leadership expert and specialist on the subjects of law, public safety, nonprofit organizations, legal issues, and more. She has been protecting and empowering citizens for more than two decades.
Ms. Cabaniss was appointed to be the Judge of the 248th Criminal District Court of Harris County by Governor Perry on February 14, 2013. As a criminal district court judge, she is committed to service to the community and justice in every case. She holds a Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law in California. She is licensed to practice law in both California and her native Texas. As well as practicing law, she has managed a nationally recognized nonprofit organization.
Before being appointed by Governor Perry to the bench, she was the Executive Director of Crime Stoppers of Houston. Prior to her nonprofit leadership, she was a prosecutor at the Office of the District Attorney in Harris County, Texas. She was promoted to Chief Prosecutor and assigned to the Special Crimes Bureau. She prosecuted crimes ranging from offenses against property to White Collar Crime to Capital Murder. Hundreds of jury trials resulted in justice for thousands of victims. In one Capital Murder case, the jury assessed the death penalty.
Ms. Cabaniss was honored with the 2008 Director’s Community Leadership Award from the FBI, and the Suzanne McDaniel Public Awareness Award from the bipartisan Congressional Victim’s Rights Caucus in 2009. She was appointed by Governor Perry to the Texas Crime Stoppers Council for a term from 2009-2013. She participated in the Center for Houston’s Future Business/Civic Leader’s Forum, American Leadership Forum, Rice University Leadership Institute for Nonprofit Executives, and United Way Leader’s Circle. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Midtown Management District and was named one of the Fifty Most Influential Women in Houston in 2011.
Katherine has been a guest on hundreds of radio and television shows. As a regular commentator on KHOU news, she appears weekly on Saturday mornings as a safety expert. She writes the weekly column “Living Safe” in the Examiner network of publications. She appears on Fridays and Sundays as a regular legal expert on radio station News 92FM. She has appeared nationally on the Today show and Good Morning America, as well as Inside Edition.
Katherine’s commitment to leadership, community service, and the empowerment of women has had a positive impact in communities around Houston, in Texas, and across the country.