I grew up here. My parents emigrated from Latin America, and brought me with them. As a child, I remember speaking Spanish at home, and switching to English at school. It was important to my parents that my brothers and sister and I spoke both languages. To this day, I'm grateful that I'm bilingual.
I graduated from Saint Agnes Academy in the 1980's. I didn't travel very far for college: I received my BA in English from Rice University. After working as a teacher, I went to law school at the University of Houston Law Center. I was licensed in 1990 by the Texas State Bar to practice law in the State of Texas. I also received a Master's in Education from the University of St. Thomas, with concentrations in Secondary Education and Counseling.
I have practiced law for over thirty years, with some breaks for other activities, like raising my children! In that time, I've been privileged to represent children, parents, grandparents, other relatives, foster parents, and even DFPS, as they navigate the child welfare system. I have also represented children in the delinquency system, including children who are in the foster care system and the delinquency system! I have taught training sessions for a wide variety of audiences, and have had one or two of my papers published in State Bar of Texas training materials.
I have four adult children who are busy living their lives. Like many Latino families, my extended family remains an integral part of my life. I am also fortunate to have friends who form an additional extended family for me. And, Penny and Roch, my live-in companions, are pictured with me above!