The Honorable Michael Schneider
Berg Plummer Johnson & Raval, LLP

Mike Schneider is a trial lawyer, mediator, frequent lecturer and retired State District Judge who has served the Commission since 2015. He is a partner at Houston’s Berg, Plummer, Johnson & Raval LLP.

Schneider is the 2019-20 Chair of the Juvenile Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, co-Chair of the Youth Justice Council and Houston’s L.E.A.D. diversion program through My Brother’s Keeper Houston, a Council Member of The State Bar of Texas Child Welfare Section, and has been an Adjunct Research Scientist at Columbia University in New York City since 2017.

Prior to being appointed to the bench by Governor Rick Perry in 2006, Schneider was general counsel to Houston’s Children’s Assessment Center and represented the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services as an Assistant Harris County Attorney. As judge, he founded the nation’s first Juvenile Human Trafficking Court (CARE Court) and Harris County’s first Juvenile Drug Court. He is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum.

In 2018, Schneider was awarded the JCAP Jurisprudence and Humanitarian Award from the University of Houston Law Center’s Juvenile and Capital Advocacy Project and edited and wrote the juvenile chapter of Bench Book for The Texas Judiciary. In 2019 he served as a policy analyst for the Honorable Gene Wu in the Texas Legislature—focusing on child welfare reform, and, before leaving the bench, as a visiting judge in the Harris County Family District Courts.