Houston native Brittanye Morris was taught early in life the importance of serving others and being the change she desired in her community. The daughter of an educator and a retired lieutenant with the Houston Police Department, Brittanye grew up watching her parents work as public servants and dedicate their lives to helping others. Brittanye knows first-hand the challenges faced by working-class families striving to create better lives for themselves and their communities.
Because of the hard work and discipline instilled by her parents, Brittanye graduated high school in three years, while being an active cheerleader and debate team member. She then attended the University of Houston, where she graduated with honors with a degree in Political Science. Drawing on her debate experiences and Political Science background, Brittanye decided that she wanted to use her talents to advocate for Houston residents as an attorney. Brittanye elected to attend a law school with a history of training community advocates and some of the best lawyers and judges in Houston (and the country), the prestigious Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. While at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Brittanye had the honor and privilege of representing the law school as a member of its world-renowned mock trial program.
Engrained with a passion towards public service taught by her parents, and equipped with the advocacy skills and training from her law school, Brittanye has spent her legal tenure in a variety of roles sharpening her legal aptitude and advocacy abilities. Brittanye has worked within both the public and private sectors, representing a variety of clients from all walks of life.
A large part of Brittanye’s legal practice has included representing clients in courtrooms throughout the Houston area. It was during this representation that Brittanye witnessed some of the glaring issues with our legal system and the judges elected to represent our interests. Instead of being accessible to all and servants of the people, the courtrooms (and justice) seemed to favor individuals with connections and financial resources. Many litigants, especially hard-working individuals struggling to make ends meet, were often put in the unfair and unjust position of having to choose between access to justice and not missing work. These same litigants were talked down to and dismissed by the very judges they elected. Meanwhile, people that could afford attorneys were often provided more respect and seen by the judges first, many times without the person having to miss work to appear in court.
Brittanye’s decision to run for judge is guided by one main principle: justice for all. Our legal system, courtrooms, and judges are tools meant to ensure justice for all…not just the rich, or the connected, or those that can afford an attorney. Our judges, as administrators of the courtrooms and legal system, are there to ensure that each and every Harris County resident has an equal opportunity at justice. Residents should not have to choose between missing valuable work hours to care for their families, and sitting in a courtroom all day waiting for their name to be called. Our legal system and courtrooms should be fair, accessible, and, most importantly, transparent. Our judges should be fair and impartial. If Brittanye is fortunate enough to earn your vote, Brittanye promises that her courtroom will remain fair, accessible, and transparent for all litigants. As YOUR judge, Brittanye promises to ensure that she and her courtroom will be fair to all, accessible to all, and transparent to all, with the ultimate goal of ensuring justice for all.