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A Recent Volunteering Experience

I, along with other attorneys from the firm, recently had the opportunity to participate in the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program's Saturday Clinic held at The Ripley House in East Houston. HVLP provides pro bono legal services to low-income men and women of Harris County and to promote volunteerism among the legal community. We volunteered our time to help HVLP screen new cases and direct these clients to the appropriate clinic based on the type and facts of their cases. We volunteered for approximately several hours until every client was seen. The various cases ranged from divorces to guardianships of the incapacitated to help with handling debt and debt collection activities. I'd suggest that all lawyers looking for pro bono hours or a volunteer experience that is both rewarding and challenging to participate in this program. It was a rewarding experience to help those who truly need legal help but cannot afford it. But it was also challenging to screen and discuss cases we usually don't handle on an everyday basis.

Marketing, the Difficulty with Selling Yourself

I was talking recently with a colleague of mine about marketing. She very candidly confided in me that she is having difficulty with marketing. That when in politics, she had no problem with talking up the candidate she was working for, but now in her own practice she was having trouble selling herself. I identify with her plight. When working as a defense lawyer in a big firm, I did not feel too much pressure to do marketing, nor did I see it as something that would move me forward at that firm.

A Simple Thank You Makes This Job Rewarding

Last week, [email protected] and I resolved a case where a loving wife lost her husband of 19 years and two beautiful children lost their father. On August 30, 2006, my client's life was forever changed when she received a phone call stating, "Something has happened to your husband; he died today."

Surviving the Holiday Season

With two small children who were both very sick these past two weeks, this holiday season has been a very difficult one to navigate. As with any other illness that my children have had to bear, the worst of it is always at night. That means that I do not sleep much and when I do sleep, it is the best quality sleep I can muster with little feet kicking me and little arms around my neck. I am happy to report that even in spite of being sick, the kids enjoyed Christmas and thoroughly enjoyed my being home so much. Between sick days with the kids and office closings, my hours at the office have been less than regular.

"Defending the Profession"

In the last two weeks I was able to take some time off and go on vacation. The first part of my trip took me to the middle of nowhere in Mexico to go white wing dove hunting with a couple of close friends, but mainly with people I had never met. There were 8 of us from Houston. Once there, we met 6 other guys from Dallas. From the moment I stepped onto the small charter plane to fly into to Mexico, I found myself having to defend my profession. Amongst the land developers, an oil & gas tycoon, the president of a national battery company, and even a real estate lawyer, I was somehow the villain. I was a "trial lawyer."& nbsp;

Spanish Speaking Attorney Immediately Gains Trust of Spanish Speaking Clients

Having been raised in Brownsville, Texas where the Hispanic population constitutes over 90% of the community, I was fortunate to have been exposed to both the Hispanic and American cultures. More importantly, I learned to speak Spanish and English.

It's All About Where You Land

I'm that woman, the one who was let go from a prominent Houston law firm while on bed rest. I went into pre-term labor with my second child at just 22 weeks of pregnancy. At that point, my son was not viable outside the womb. I was let go from my unpaid leave three months later. I am very happy to report that my son was born healthy and is still growing strong today. However, it is with much regret that I report that my termination is not surprising, nor am I alone.

Awards & Recognition

  • 2016-2017 Equal Access to Justice Champion

    The Equal Access to Justice Champions Program was started by the Houston Bar Association in 2006, to help ensure placement of Houston Volunteer Lawyers cases with pro bono volunteers. Originally, firms were tiered according to size, and firms within each tier committed to accept a certain number of pro bono cases from HVL each year for five years.

  • The National Trial Lawyers | Top 100 Trial Lawyers

    The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective and uniformly applied process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research.

  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum

    Established in 1993, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 4000 members throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers America | Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz | 2017

    Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Their methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.

  • Lead Counsel Rated

    In order to earn the Lead Counsel Rating, an attorney must not only demonstrate significant legal experience, but must also receive multiple peer recommendations advocating his or her ability. This is a key component in the screening process.

  • Texas Super Lawyers | Texas Monthly

    Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in Texas via a patented multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research and peer evaluation. The Texas lawyers who receive the highest point totals during this selection process are further recognized in Texas Super Lawyers Top Lists.

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