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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



Practice areas


  1. Administrative Law: 90%
  2. Criminal Defense: 5%
  3. Constitutional: 5%


Payment types:

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  • 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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Contact info

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


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199707/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Publication nameTitleDate
VOICE For The Defense"When Your Client Writes To You From Prison"2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)JD - Juris Doctor1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Bill Of Rights - Texas Bar CLEPrison Litigation2007