Judge Steven Kirkland is currently Judge in the 334th Civil District Court of Harris County. He has previously served as Judge in the 215th Civil District Court and in the Houston Municipal Courts. His professional career includes representing the City of Houston, international oil companies and individual homeowners. Judge Kirkland is active in promoting recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, affordable housing, historic preservation, and LGBT rights. His affordable housing projects have been recognized with awards by the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance and he was awarded the 2006 Government Friend of the Homeless by Coalition for the Homeless of Houston and Harris County.
Judge Kirkland arrived in Houston from West Texas in order to attend Rice University. After graduating from Rice with a history degree in 1982, he worked as a paralegal at Texaco in order to put himself through the University of Houston Law School.