(Jan 31st, 2018 by Charles Kuffner) Off The Kuff is running a series of Q&As for judicial candidates in contested Democratic primaries. This is intended to help introduce the candidates and their experiences to those who plan to vote in March.
1. Who are you and what are you running for?
My name is Shampa Mukerji and I am running for the 269th Civil District Court in Harris County, Texas.
2. What kind of cases does this court hear?
Some of the different case types heard in civil courts include malpractice, damages, breach of contract, personal injury, and multi-district litigation. My duty would be to preside over all civil litigation matters assigned to my court.
3. Why are you running for this particular bench?
I have always been a true believer that the Constitutions of the United States and Texas create an equal playing field for all individuals and entities. I believe the next step in my journey is to make a difference in my community in the most effective way I am able and bring a unique perspective to the local judiciary. The Harris County Democratic Party slated me for this specific seat and I believe I am the strongest Democratic candidate to challenge the incumbent judge in November 2018.
4. What are your qualifications for this job?
I am a civil litigation attorney. I attended Northwestern University for college and University of Houston Law Center for my law degree. I have been practicing law in the Houston area for almost twelve years. I believe in the Seventh Amendment, the right to a trial by jury, and access to the courts for all. I believe my intelligence, integrity, and impartiality will allow me to succeed as Judge of a Civil District Court. As the daughter of immigrants, I have witnessed firsthand the struggles my parents faced moving to the United States and I am grateful for their perseverance. They overcame many obstacles in order to provide their children with tremendous opportunities, including my education at a renowned high school, a top-10 national university, and a top-tier law school where I was an editor for a law journal. As a jurist, my education, experience, and work ethic, as well as my ability to consider all points of view, will allow me to ensure that all litigants have their day in court.
5. Why is this race important?
Every judicial race is significant as the impact of the courts can affect the lives of every citizen. The courts are our last line of defense and it is paramount to have a judge with excellent education, experience, and dedication, but it is also necessary to have someone on the bench who will consider the perspective of every person who enters the courtroom and ensure all are welcome at the courthouse and part of our civil justice system.
6. Why should people vote for you in the March primary?
I will ensure equal access to the court for all. I will run the docket as efficiently as possible, while also moving it as quickly as is reasonable. Finally, I will treat everyone who enters my courtroom with dignity and respect and be impartial to all parties.
I have been a practicing attorney for almost twelve years, and most of that time I have practiced civil litigation representing individuals and families in their lawsuits. As a contingent-fee attorney, I have represented thousands of individuals who never had to pay for legal services until I was able to first recover financial restitution for the wrongs committed against them. I have practiced in the areas of real estate law, employment law, contracts law, wills and trusts, probate law, family law, insurance, and personal injury. I have handled complex civil litigation cases and multimillion-dollar cases. I have handled a docket of a thousand cases and managed different levels and sizes of staff throughout my career. I will make sure to equal the playing field for all parties who appear in my court. As stated previously, I believe the right to a trial by jury is of fundamental importance and I will do everything in my authority to ensure that all parties have their day in court. The depth and breadth of my legal experience, the diversity of my practice areas, and my experience managing dockets and staff make me the best candidate for Judge of the 269th Civil District Court.
(South Asian Bar Association of Houston) Shampa has practiced law in Houston for over a decade, representing individuals and businesses in a wide range of practice areas in civil law. Shampa received her law degree from University of Houston Law Center, and her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. read more…
(India Herald) Shampa Mukerji, a Houston lawyer, is running for Judge of the 269th Civil District Court in Harris County. This court is located in Houston and serves all of Harris County. Texas is one of only seven states that uses partisan elections to elect judges. Shampa Mukerji is running as a Democrat and is involved in a primary with one other opponent. Her primary election is March 6, 2018. read more…
Shampa Mukerji, a Houston lawyer, is running for Judge of the 269th Civil District Court in Harris County. If voted into office, she would be the first elected South Asian female judge in the county. To do that, she needs to win her primary March 6 and the general election in November 2018. The 269th Civil District Court is located in Houston and serves all of Harris County. Texas is one of only seven states that uses partisan elections to select judges. Mukerji is running as a Democrat and is involved in a primary with one opponent. read more…
from The Webb Schools: After more than a decade of practicing law, a Vivian Webb School alumna is running for judge in the state of Texas.
Shampa Mukerji ’97, formerly Shampa Chatterjee, is running for a seat on a Civil District Court bench in Harris County, Texas, which includes the city of Houston. Texas is one of seven states that uses partisan elections to select judges. If Mukerji wins a primary contest in March, she will earn a spot on the ballot in November.
I am excited to run for Judge of the 269th Civil District Court in Harris County, Texas. I am running because I believe I can make a great contribution to the civil courts in Harris County. read more…
Shampa Mukerji for Judge
2405 Smith Street
Houston, Texas 77006