A reception was held prior to this week’s city council meeting to recognize Municipal Court Judge Michael Culling for 40 years of dedicated service. Culling was presented a plaque from Manvel Mayor Delores Martin and a resolution by District 29 State Representative Ed Thompson.
Culling was first sworn in as a Municipal Court Judge serving the City of Deer Park in 1974. He has served as a Judge ever since, beginning his service to Manvel in 1996. Between the years of ’96 and ’07 he served three communities, Deer Park, Manvel, and Iowa Colony. Presently he serves only Manvel and operates a private law practice at offices across from Manvel city hall.
In Thompson’s resolution he said it was a “fitting opportunity to recognize the outstanding career of this notable jurist and lawyer. He skillfully balanced three judgeships before devoting himself exclusively to Manvel and his private law practice. For four decades Michael Culling has embodied the highest standard of his profession and ably served his fellow citizens. He may reflect with justifiable pride his tremendous accomplishment. May he be granted sincere best wishes and continued success.”
Culling received his undergraduate degree from the University of Dallas and his law degree from the University of Texas in 1967. Upon completion of law school he took a position in the contracts division at NASA and later worked for an oil and gas company. In the early 70’s Culling started his own law practice in Deer Park. In 1981 he added a branch office in Manvel and consolidated his operations there in 2007. He is a member of the Texas Municipal Courts Association from its early years in the 1970’s and is a long-time member of the State Bar of Texas Municipal Judges Section, having twice served on its Board of Directors and recently chairing its scholarship committee.
Culling thanked his wife and daughter and the many assistants and clerks that have served him over the years. He admitted to “having higher ambitions” than being a Municipal Court Judge but he credits the Lord in urging him “to do justice and serve people. For forty years I have striven to do so.”
Culling will continue to serve as Manvel’s Municipal Court Judge. Mayor Martin said he has served his forty year apprenticeship and can now serve another forty years.