Judge M. Sue Kurita
Judge M. Sue Kurita is a native El Pasoan and has served as a judge for over 26 years. She is the presiding judge of El Paso County Court at Law Number Six since the court was created in 1998. Prior to 1998, Judge Kurita served as a Municipal for the City of El Paso for 9 years, including 4 years as the Presiding Judge.
Judge Kurita has served on the boards of Judicial Section of the State Bar of Texas, and on the National Association of Women Judges. She was elected Vice-President of the National Association for Women Judges and also served as the Chair for the New Judges Program for NAWJ.
Judge Kurita was an official U.S. delegate to the Latin America Seminar on the 1980 Hague Convention Child Abduction Treaty.
In September 2010, the Texas Supreme Court appointed Judge Kurita to serve on the State Commission for Judicial Conduct and currently serves as Vice-Chair.
On Tuesday August 19, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court appointed Judge Kurita to the 9 member Grievance Oversight Committee. The Grievance Oversight Committee is a panel of volunteers comprised of six attorneys and three members of the public appointed by the Texas Supreme Court. The Committee is charged with reviewing the operation of the attorney-client grievance process and reporting its observations and recommendations to the Court.
Judge Kurita was awarded the inaugural Daniel H. Benson Public Service Award from The Texas Tech University School of Law Alumni Association.
Since 1994, Judge Kurita has been an adjunct professor for Park University and Excelsior College, teaching military personnel and their families. She has been the Commencement Speaker for both colleges. She was named the Excelsior College, School of Public Service 2015 Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year.
She also was a community supporter for the Fort Bliss Garrison, Basic Opportunitues for Single Soldiers Program, organizing a holiday host programs.
Judge Kurita has been active in the State Bar of Texas; she served as Chair of the Bar Leaders Conference from 2003-2007 and is presently serving her second term on the State Bar Rules Committee.
Judge Kurita is committed to furthering judicial education. She is serving on the Texas Center for the Judiciary Curriculum Committee and has taught several courses for the Center. She was a speaker at the 2011 and 2013 National College on Judicial Conduct and Ethics.
Judge Kurita is active in community and professional organizations. Judge Kurita has served on the Loretto Academy School Board; has served on the Diocese of El Paso Board of Education; has served as a board member and wish grantor on the Make a Wish Foundation; has served as a board member on the El Paso Holocaust Museum; is a member of the St. Stephen Deacon and Martyr ACTS Community Core; and served on the the 2005 University Medical Center, (formerly known as Thomason General Hospital) CEO search committee in 2005.
Judge Kurita is a 1975 graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso (BA). She earned a Masters from Webster University in 1981; and her law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1985. Additionally, Judge Kurita was a Commandant List graduate in the Modern Greek Language Course at the Defense Language Institute.
Judge Kurita has received certification in Criminal Law and Civil Law from the Texas Center for the Judiciary, Judicial College.
Judge Kurita is one of the 100 women featured in JoAnne Gordon’s book “100 Happy Women at Work”. Judge Kurita has received the City of El Paso Conquistador Award; and was named a Woman Trailblazer by the El Paso Bar Association.
Judge Kurita received a certification as a spiritual companion from the Oblate School of Theology.
Judge Kurita received the certification as a mediator and arbitrator from Mediators Without Borders in 2015.
Judge Kurita is married to Alan Simpson. Judge Kurita has a daughter Marissa Palomino, a former anatomy teacher at El Dorado High School and now a second year law student at St. Mary‘s University. Judge Kurita is the proud grandmother of Leah Palomino.