Ieshia N. Champs is a graduate of Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. She is a single parent of five wonderful children and the first person in her family to earn a graduate degree.
Ieshia was placed in the custody of Child Protective Services in Port Arthur, Texas, after being removed from her parents’ home at a young age. Ieshia and her siblings subsequently relocated to Houston to live with a relative. Unfortunately, that placement did not work out and Ieshia became homeless, depending on friends for shelter.
Due in large part to a lack of stability and adult guidance, Ieshia dropped out of high school and seemed destined to become another statistic – a Black child with no education, no goals, and a dismal future.
Despite her circumstances, she crossed paths with a community of people who cared and believed in her. She returned to school as a 24-year-old mother of three and earned a GED. She moved forward and earned her B.A.A.S. in Business Applied Administration from UH-Downtown. Ieshia matriculated into Thurgood Marshall School of Law and graduated Magna Cum Laude in May 2018.
Earning her license to practice law in November 2018, she went to work at the Harris County Attorney’s office where she worked first as an intern, & later as an Assistant County Attorney in the Child Protective Services Division.
Ieshia is living proof that children from difficult backgrounds can rise above their circumstances and live positive, productive lives.
Ms. Champs’ determination story caught the attention of media and individuals nationally and internationally. Her story captured hearts locally across Texas, the Internet, and major news outlets around the nation.
Before COVID-19 restrictions, Ieshia traveled across the country sharing her inspirational story to large and small groups including, Non-profits,
Religious Organizations, Conferences, Television and Radio Platforms, and graduation ceremonies.
Ieshia believes in community, equality, integrity, and due justice. She will be an impartial and compassionate Judge who listens, learns, and correctly interprets the law. The juvenile justice system is something she understands as a practicing attorney and experienced as a young person.
Ieshia lives in Houston with her five children. Her oldest son is a first-year student at the University of Houston.