2020 Judicial Awards
The following award recipients were nominated by their peers and recognized for their contribution to the fair and impartial administration of justice at the Annual Meeting held virtually on July 23, 2020.
Outstanding Judge of the Year
The Honorable Dick H. Gregg, III of Seabrook has been selected by the Texas Municipal Courts Association to receive the Association’s Jurist of the Year Award. Here are a few reasons why as submitted by his peers.
I have worked with exceptional judges, but no as driven as Judge Gregg.
As if he was not already busy, he became our Presiding Judge in March 2019 in addition to appointments in Morgan's Point, Dickinson and Clearlake Shores.
Although Seabrook's court has been paper-lite for many years, he challenged our department with additional technology to allow for exceptional customer service, efficiency and effectiveness.
He teamed up with court staff to launch a full telework plan that allowed staff to be safe and work from home.
If you witness his patience and professionalism on the bench, you will absolutely see that he loves what he does.
Sonya Cates, Court Administrator for the City of Alvin Municipal Court, was selected by the Texas Municipal Courts Association to receive the Association’s Clerk of the Year Award. Here are a few of the reasons why as submitted by her peers.
Sonya continues to work diligently and professionally the last 23 years to establish integrity and justice in many Texas Judicial Courts.
She has been instrumental for five consecutive M.T.S.I. Awards and one honorable mention during the short time she has been with the City of Alvin.
The City of Alvin has benefited from her determination and dedication with implementing the development and operation for one of the first Video Magistration software programs in the state.
In an effort to address the issue of compliance and state judicial standards, she coordinated the concept of recording and making a judicial proceeding available to the public in "real time" through a live-stream with the expertise of a local community college that could be viewed on each municipality's website.
She continues to coordinate juvenile programs with other cities and school districts to provide resources and alternatives for juveniles at risk.
I'm extremely humbled and honored to have been selected. Receiving this award means a lot to me, and I will continue my journey in helping others. This is a great accomplishment for me and my career. Currently, the Court Administrator for the City of Alvin Municipal Court; over the past two decades, I've also worked for the City of Galena Park, Webster, and La Porte. I'm a Certified Level 2 Court Clerk and Certified Court Manager. During my tenure with the City of Alvin, the court has won the M.T.S.I. Award for five consecutive years, and we strive to stay involved with the community. I also coordinate a juvenile program for the City of La Porte called the R.O.C.K. Program. I have a passion for helping juveniles and others when there is a need. - Sonya Cates