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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

JUDGE SHERMAN A. ROSS has been a Houston resident since 1950. He is married to his wife, Catherine, and has a daughter and son, Joi and Craig. He enjoys music, writing, golf, and skiing.

Judge Ross attended the University of Texas, the University of Houston, and South Texas College of Law. He was licensed to practice law in September of 1966 and maintained a private practice until January 1981 when he became Judge of County Criminal Court at Law Number Ten.

Judge Ross has been recognized by The U.S. Justice Department as a proponent of Victim’s Rights and was one of only two judges from each state invited to attend intensive seminars on that subject. He was honored by the Chitaqua Society in 1993, and has been among the highest rated County Criminal Court at Law Judges by the Houston Bar Association in polls taken by that organization.

He was one of the first Judges to introduce Community Service into Harris County. Because of the success of the program, it is now mandatory statewide. Judge Ross has accepted sole responsibility for all Fugitive Cases filed in Harris County and, in the last few years, he has sent over 12,000 fugitives, apprehended in Harris County, back to requesting states for prosecution.

Since 1981, Judge Ross has had 130,000+ cases filed in Criminal Court at Law #10, and has disposed of 100% of those cases and has even more pending. This is the largest number of Criminal Cases handled by one Court in the history of Harris County.

He participated with Judge Michael McSpadden in presenting The Criminal Law Program which received the highest ratings of all Continuing Legal Education programs within "Saturday Morning in Court." As a Judicial educator, Judge Ross has served numerous times as a Faculty Member for The Texas Center for the Judiciary, The Texas Municipal Courts Training Center, and has completed his second two year term on the Judicial Ethics Committee for The State of Texas.  He has authored a number of articles for various Bar Journals and legal publications and has spoken to numerous groups concerning "professionalism", "community sentencing", and "victim’s rights."

He has served on a number of Judicial Section Committees, and served as Chair of the Judicial Liaison Committee to The Supreme Court of Texas and The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. The Houston Bar Association named him "Committee Chairman of the Year" during his private practice years.
Extending his service into The Community, Judge Ross has been recognized by the Governor's Volunteer Leadership Conference for his contribution to the development of volunteer leaders.  The DePelchin Children's Center for his service and support on behalf of the children, and the Urban Mentors, a program helping to direct "at-risk" juveniles.

He has served or is currently serving as a Board Member of such organizations as: The Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, Executive Board, The Justice Information Management System. Past Co-Chair of CSCD (Community Supervision And Corrections Department), The National Association of Court Administrators and Texas Association of Court Administrators, Community Service Options Program, Stages Repertory Theater, and Interfaith Ministries. He also enjoys a place on the “Wall of Honor” at Sam Houston State University, School of Criminal Justice and recognition of efforts by Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Crime Stoppers are his most recent honors.

His past and present affiliations include: The American Correctional Association, The American Probation and Parole Association , The Houston Bar Association , The American Bar Association, The Texas Bar Association, The U.S. Supreme Court, The U.S. Tax Court, The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, The U.S. District Court for The Southern District of Texas, The American Judicature Society , The Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity , and The Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Member.


Court Directory

Judge Paula Goodhart, Court 1

Judge Bill Harmon, Court 2

Judge Natalie C. Fleming, Court 3

Judge John Clinton, Court 4

Judge Margaret Harris, Court 5

Judge Larry Standley, Court 6

Judge Pam Derbyshire, Court 7

Judge Jay Karahan, Court 8

Judge Analia Wilkerson, Court 9

Judge Sherman Ross, Court 10

Judge Diane Bull, Court 11

Judge Robin Brown, Court 12

Judge Don Smyth, Court 13

Judge Mike Fields, Court 14

Judge Jean Hughes, Court 15


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