Speaker: Catherine Evan, Speakers Committee, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
Catherine Evans is the presiding Judge in the 180th Criminal District Court. Having been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry in 2013, she was elected to a 4 year term in the 2014 general election. The 280th Criminal District Court has jurisdiction in Harris County for felony law violations such as capital murder, sexual assault, robberies and burglaries. Prior to taking the bench Judge Evans had been a trial prosecutor with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office for 12 years where has served in trial court and specialty divisions such as Child Abuse, Vehicular Crimes, Major Fraud and Public Integrity. She graduated cum laude from The University of Houston Law Center in 2000. Judge Evans is married to local architect James Evans and has two children in elementary school. She volunteers for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo as a Coordinator with the Speakers Committee.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was organized for charitable, educational and scientific purposes to encourage and promote the breeding, raising and marketing of better livestock and farm products at public fairs and to promote and maintain research and educational functions within the livestock industry. It is the general policy of the Show to utilize, in the fiscal year subsequent to which it is earned, the excess of its revenue over expenses for the furtherance of its exempt purpose, including the granting and/or funding of scholarships, educational endowments, agricultural research projects and other similar programs and the funding of related capital additions and improvements. The funds of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo are used exclusively to meet necessary expenses for its upkeep and operation and in furtherance of the exempt purpose of the organization.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a Section 501(c)(3) charity that benefits youth, supports education, and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. Since its beginning in 1932, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has committed nearly $375 million to scholarships, research, endowments, calf scramble participants, junior show exhibitors, School Art participants, and other educational youth programs