Conroe, August 14 – Tough-on-crime District Judge Lisa Michalk, of the 221st District Court, announced today that she will be run for re-election in 2018. She was first elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.
“Justice Delayed is Justice Denied” says Judge Michalk, “This describes my philosophy. I believe everyone is due a fair trial and it is in the best interest of all parties to allow that trial to happen within a reasonable amount of time.”
During her time on the bench, Judge Michalk implemented the first specialized criminal court in the county. She volunteered to accept double the amount of criminal cases to help with the backlog of old cases. Since then, her average time to disposition of cases has continued to drop. When asked about her accomplishment, Judge Michalk says “I give credit to the prosecutors, defense attorneys and my staff for working hard.”
In 2016, Judge Michalk helped start the Mental Health Court for Montgomery County recognizing the need for a multi-disciplinary team to address individuals with mental illness in the criminal justice system. She served a two-year term as the administrative judge for Montgomery County and was recently selected to be a member of the Criminal Justice Council for the State Bar of Texas. Judge Michalk continues to be involved in the community during her time on the bench as a frequent speaker to civic and teen groups concerning the law regarding internet safety, drug and alcohol related crimes.
Judge Michalk is a graduate of Texas A&M University and Texas Tech School of Law. She started her career as a felony prosecutor then opened her own law firm in 2003 before the citizens elected her judge.
She resides in The Woodlands with her husband Dan of almost 25 years and is the mother of three boys ages 23, 19 and 15.