Blacks fill Assistant District Attorney slots

District Attorney-elect Kim Ogg is announcing her first additions to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

In mid-December, Ogg informed 37 prosecutors who were part of the former DA’s staff that they would not be invited to be part of her staff. Among them was Nick Socias, the prosecutor who handled a controversial rape case.

“The paramount goals of the Harris County District Attorney’s office are public safety and evidence-based justice for all,” Ogg said.  “This means obtaining a just result for the victim, the accused and the community in every case. The guiding principles for achieving these goals are fairness, integrity, and transparency,” Ogg added. “These individuals exemplify those three principals and will help lead a new era of criminal justice in Harris County.

Among her new hires:

Vivian R. King, Chief of Staff graduated from UH in 1980 with a BA in Accounting, and Thurgood Marshall School of Law in 1992. King was a Harris County Prosecutor in Harris County, Texas from 1992 to 1995 and is the second Black female Board Certified in Criminal Law in Texas. She was in private practice from March 1995 to January 2017.

Yvonne Q. Taylor, Training Coordinator is a former Harris County prosecutor.  She was an Associate Municipal Court Judge for 10 years.  She worked as a civil litigator for the City Attorney’s Office and represented clients in commercial litigation and medical malpractice matters at the law firm of Wickliff & Hall, P.C.

Carvana Y. Cloud, Family Criminal Law Unit Chief  is a native of Acres Home, who speaks fluent Spanish. Carvana graduated from DePauw University and the South Texas College of Law. Prior to joining the Harris County District Attorney’s Office in 2005, Carvana worked in the Office of the White House Liaison to the United States Department of Commerce.