SUSAN SOUSSAN started practicing law at a small commercial law firm, becoming the firm’s first female partner, at a time when there were very few female lawyers. In 1994, Susan achieved her professional dream of becoming a Texas State District Judge when Governor Ann Richards appointed her to the Harris County Civil District Court for the State of Texas. A year later, she started her own law practice, with a focus on mediation and arbitration. Committed to public and community service, Susan has served on every board of her daughter’s schools—from preschool through college. She often takes elementary students on tours of the Courthouse and facilitates mock trials in order to explain our system of justice. She started a Peer Mediation Program to empower elementary and middle school students to sit and talk about their feelings (rather than turn to violence). Susan is active in many organizations, such as Children at Risk, Holocaust Museum Houston, United Way and The Mission of Yahweh homeless shelter for women and children. Most recently, she co-chaired The Mission gala, which raised more than $500,000. She provides an annual scholarship in the name of her daughter, which she personally gives to a teenage girl who is a member of B’nai Brith Girls, Lonestar Region, for the purpose of attending a summer B’nai Brith Youth Organization Leadership Program.