EXPERIENCE IN NUMBERS
Cherí has worked on hundreds of civil cases throughout her career. She has tried twelve cases as the first chair and represented clients in numerous contested hearings. As an appellate advocate, Cherí has worked on cases before the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and in state appellate courts across the country. Cherí has extensive experience in civil litigation, including complex cases, but as an attorney at the Fourteenth Court of Appeals, Cherí worked on approximately 25 criminal appeals in addition to civil appeals. More recently, Cherí's practice has focused on federal criminal appeals. Cheri is admitted to practice in every state and federal court in Texas, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
Judges should be intelligent, experienced, ethical, and demonstrate judicial temperament. Two definitions of judicial temperament resonate with Cheri: one has been attributed to Socrates and the other is from the American Bar Association. Socrates believed judges were “to hear courteously, to answer wisely, to consider soberly, and to decide impartially.” The American Bar Association has defined good judicial temperament as “compassion, decisiveness, open-mindedness, sensitivity, courtesy, patience, freedom from bias and commitment to equal justice.”
Cherí has the skills to properly apply the law to the facts, and she understands that judicial decisions affect real people and real families appearing before the court. Cherí is open-minded, willing to listen and consider all sides of each party’s position. She has maintained and will continue to maintain, high ethical standards. She has a strong work ethic and values efficiency but not at the expense of substance. Cherí’s words and actions show fairness and respect for others, no matter their personal characteristics or station in life. She is professional, even-tempered, cooperative, and principled.
Cherí believes judges should educate the community about our justice system and that judges should also participate in the community to increase their own knowledge, to be open to new ideas, evolving attitudes, legal developments, and change in general.
Cherí has been involved in the following professional organizations: Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation (2019–present); Member, Houston Bar Association (2005–present) including the Employment Section (approximately 2009–2017) and the Appellate Section (2017–present); Member, Federal Bar Association (2020–present); Member, Houston Young Lawyers Association (approximately 2005–2010).
Cherí has also served the following community organizations: Board Chair (2012) and Board Member (2008–2011) of the Center for Success and Independence, an adolescent residential and outpatient treatment center; CASA volunteer (guardian ad litem) for Child Advocates, Inc. (approximately 2006); Member of various churches (Methodist, Presbyterian, non-denominational); Member of various PTA organizations (2012–present); Board Member, Y'alloween (2020–present).
In addition, since beginning her campaign, Cherí has joined and visited several Democratic organizations and lawyer groups. She is a sustaining member of the Harris County Democratic Party. Cherí is also a member of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus, Texas Democratic Women, the Texas Democratic Women of Galveston, and Southwest Democrats.