Justice Katherine Cabaniss was appointed by Governor Perry to the bench of the 248th Criminal District Court of Harris County in 2013. She is committed to service to the community and justice in every case.
Before being appointed to the bench, Judge Cabaniss was the Executive Director of Crime Stoppers of Houston, the largest nonprofit of its kind in the country. Prior to her nonprofit leadership, she was a prosecutor at the Office of the District Attorney in Harris County, Texas.
Judge Cabaniss was honored with the 2008 Director’s Community Leadership Award from the FBI, and the 2009 Suzanne McDaniel Public Awareness Award from the bipartisan Congressional Victim’s Rights Caucus. She is a member of the Boards of Directors of Bridges to Life, the Friends of Fondren Library at Rice University, and Mercury Orchestra. She is the Immediate Past President of the Board of Governors of the Houston Club. She was named one of the Fifty Most Influential Women in Houston in 2011.
Judge Cabaniss has been a guest on hundreds of radio and television shows. As a regular commentator on KHOU news, she appears on Saturday mornings as a legal expert. She writes the weekly column “Living Safe” in the Examiner network of print publications.
Katherine’s commitment to justice, leadership, community service, and the empowerment of all citizens has had a positive impact in communities around Houston, in Texas, and across the country.