How can someone change the system? This is the question I asked myself over 10 years ago. I don’t like feeling helpless or hopeless, but that’s how I felt watching people go through the legal system. The law just didn’t seem to be fair or equal for everyone. I decided the answer to the question I asked myself was to become a judge; a county, district, or appellate judge. The only way to reach that lofty goal was to be a lawyer. From that moment on, I dedicated myself to doing what I needed to do to become a lawyer.
I did any and everything with a focus on criminal law and interacting with judges. I worked for a bail bonds company my first year in law school. My second year of law school, I interned for a county judge and in the summer I interned with a bankruptcy judge in the U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of Texas. By my third year of law school, I was in the Criminal Defense Clinic, representing clients in court.
I’ve often been told to keep my emotions in check when dealing with my cases. That just doesn’t work for me. I wear my heart on my sleeve for my clients. Getting good representation shouldn’t hinge on how deep your pockets go. My job is to make sure my clients don’t get run over by the system. We may not always get what we want, but you’ll never wonder whether or not your attorney was working for your best interests.
I work tirelessly on behalf of my clients whether I’ve been appointed by the courts or retained. Justice shouldn’t be determined by wealth or lack thereof.