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Yolanda Marie Torres

Practice areas:

Lawsuits & Disputes, Administrative Law, Personal Injury, Criminal Defense, Constitutional

About Me

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of North Texas in 1993 and my law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1997.


 


Upon graduation I entered private practice and practiced in the areas of professional liability, insurance defense, and medical malpractice.


 


In 1999, I became a cooperating attorney with the Texas Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. In 2000, I filed a 42 U.S.C. §1983 action against the Texas Department of Criminal Justice over its policy and practice of having prison guards eavesdrop on attorney-prisoner legal phone calls. In response, the TDCJ changed its policy to recognize and protect the attorney-client privilege.  


 


In 2001, I relocated to Huntsville, Texas to concentrate on prison-related issues.


 


In 2001 and 2002, I participated in on-site inspections of TDCJ prison units in Amarillo, Beeville, Lamesa, Wichita Falls, Abilene, Woodville, Huntsville, and Tennessee Colony as part of the Ruiz v. Johnson prisoner class action lawsuit.


 


I have presented at Continuing Legal Education seminars on the issues of parole, civil rights and corrections/prison. 


 


I have been published in the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association periodicial, THE VOICE and have written an extensive paper on the Prison Litigation Reform Act and Prisoner Civil Rights Claims.  


 


I have successfully advocated on behalf of TDCJ prisoners in prison administrative matters, federal excessive force claims, and parole and revocation matters.


 


I represent prisoners and their families in a variety of prison-related issues, including but not limited to:


 


--    Parole Review before the Board of Pardons and Paroles


--    Parole revocation hearings


--    Disciplinary challenges


--    Unit transfer requests


--    Offender Protection Investigations (formerly known as Life Endangerment)


--    Safety issues related to correctional staff and/or other prisoners


--    Appeals to the Director's Review Committee


--    Bans on visitation


--    Bans on correspondence (placement on a negative mailing list)


 


I also practice civil and criminal law and represent prisoners in civil proceedings.


 


I can be reached at P.O. Box 515, Huntsville, Texas 77342-0515, or (936) 291-7054, or at yolandamt@aol.com


 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1997

  1. Administrative Law: 30%
  2. Lawsuits & Disputes: 30%
  3. Criminal Defense: 15%
  4. Personal Injury: 15%
  5. Constitutional: 10%

Payment

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

1 total

  • Marc Christopher Lenahan

    I've known Yolanda for a dozen years and, during that time, and have gladly shared her name with every person that came to me looking for her skill set. She is deeply compassionate, and a wonderful ally to any who need her.

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    Marc Lenahan Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

P.O. Box 118648
Carrollton, TX, 75011-8648

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199705/24/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
America Civil Liberties UnionLitigation Director - Prison and Jails Accountability Project2002 - 2005
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's AssociationMember2001 - 2008
Texas Coalition To Abolish The Death PenaltyMember2001 - 2008
American Civil Liberties UnionMember1999 - 2008
State Bar of TexasMember1997 - 2008
National Coalition To Abolish The Death PenaltyMember1997 - 2008

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
VOICE For The Defense"When Your Client Writes To You From Prison"2003

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southern Methodist UniversityDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)law1997

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Bill Of Rights - Texas Bar CLEPrison Litigation2007