March 3, 2014 – An alumna who has focused on child welfare issues since her time in a juvenile dependency clinic at the Law Center has been appointed to a new associate judgeship hearing Child Protective Services cases in Harris County.
Katrina Griffith, University of Houston Law Center Class of ’05, will handle permanent managing conservatorship child welfare cases in both juvenile and family courts. The position is funded through August 2015 by a grant approved in the last legislative session. As a solo practitioner, Griffith has served as ad litem to children in CPS custody as well as representing indigent parents. She was appointed by Olen Underwood, presiding judge of the state’s Second Administrative Judicial Region, and sworn in Feb. 28.
“Harris County has the most children, and for the longest periods of time, in permanent managing conservatorship of the state in Texas,” said Ellen Marrus, George Butler Research Professor of Law and director of the Center for Children, Law & Policy. “The hope is Judge Griffith can move these cases and find more positive outcomes for children,” added the professor who taught Griffith in the juvenile clinic at the Law Center.