Montgomery County Court Candidate Lisa Michalk RespondsWritten by: Chris Print This Article
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As our readers may be aware, we’ve taken an interest in the judicial election in the Montgomery County 221st District. This is the district in which ill-reputed Judge Suzanne Stovall still serves through the end of her term December 31, 2010. Fortunately, there are four candidates running to replace her so voters will have a choice. We emailed the candidates to encourage them to discuss their experience and positions regarding family law, false allegations, parental alienation, and high-conflict divorces.
Today we’ve received a response from Lisa Michalk.
Thank you for your interest in my campaign. I think the area of Family Law and the issues surrounding child custody are very important to our community. The reason that I have focused my answers on criminal law is that the Montgomery County Judges decided last year to essentially create a criminal court. The overwhelming majority of the cases being assigned to this court (approximately 95% according to Court staff) are criminal. However, I have a heart for children and understand that family law decisions have a huge impact on families. I can only promise you and the voters that I take the position of judge very seriously and I will be fair to both sides. I am known in the legal community for showing up on time, listening to my clients and showing respect for judges and other attorneys. When I was a prosecutor, I handled many cases where a child was placed with a parent that resulted in abuse to the child. So, I understand how difficult a situation can be for a child placed into a potentially dangerous situation. Also, as a prosecutor, I handled cases where false allegations were made against an ex-spouse to gain a favorable position in a family law proceeding. I promise to be fair and to listen to both sides without any preconceived notions of who is right.
I will expect attorneys to show up on time to court, to be prepared and to be honest in their dealings with their clients, the court and each other. I am familiar with personality disorders and have had to put on complex expert testimony in cases that I have personally handled. I frequently work with mental health specialists and am aware of how mental disorders can affect a case. I have worked in criminal and civil law and I feel as if my experience makes me qualified for this court.
Once again, thank you for asking tough questions and being concerned about who the next judge is. There are several candidate forums coming up and I would encourage you and your friends to come to them. My website is www.michalkforjudge.com. I have a list of the forums we are speaking at listed on the website.
Lisa Benge Michalk
Candidate for the 221st District Court