1. Who are you, and what are you running for?
My name is Lisa Millard and I am running for re-election to the 310th Family District Court in Harris County. I am a native Houstonian, and grew up in the Spring Branch area. I am the proud mother of one daughter, and the proud grandmother of a granddaughter and a grandson.
2. What kind of cases does this court hear?
Family Courts hear a wide array of issues ranging from divorce cases involving child custody matters; down to complex property issues. We also hear Texas Department of Family Protective Services (commonly referred to as CPS cases), as well as paternity cases, adoptions and child support matters. There are many complex matters handled in the Family Court that require an experienced, knowledgeable judge.
3. Why are you running for this particular bench?
I want to continue to work to help our families and children here in Harris County, Texas. I strive to carefully consider the impact of litigation on families and children. I treat the parties and attorneys with respect and dignity. I try to be creative and work with families to resolve their problems. This includes being more flexible and willing to try new and different alternatives to assist the people who appear in the family courts.
4. What are your qualifications for this job?
My experience as Judge in the Family Courts for almost 16 years is clearly my best qualification. However my life experiences also help guide me. My life has not always been easy, but the many experiences and relationships I have encountered over the years has helped me better understand many issues that come before the Court. I am a breast cancer survivor; I am also a mother, grandmother, sister and daughter. I raised my daughter as a single parent, while attending college and law school.
5. Why is this race important?
How many have had a personal experience (or a friend, family member or co-worker) with the Family Courts ? The stakes are high for those whose circumstances will lead them to the Family Courts. I have heard over 20,000 cases while serving the people of Harris County the past 15 years. I want to continue to use my experience to help expedite the process but also to use my knowledge of the complex issues to help protect and assist the families of Harris County.
6. Why should people vote for you in November?
I am the best-qualified candidate for Judge of the 310 Family Court. I believe a good Judge is not born, but rather is forged by good attorneys, study of the law and practice at the craft. It is my goal to craft solutions that are fair, workable and within the statutes of the law.