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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Impact AwardPoverty Law Section, State Bar of Texas2011
Certificate of Recognition of Outstanding AdvocacyPoverty Law Section, State Bar of Texas2009
HouserTexas Low Income Housing Information Service2007
Legal Assistance AwardAssociation of Community Organizations for Reform2007
Golden Gavel Service AwardSouthern Methodist University School of Law1996
A.J. Thomas Jr. Award for Outstanding ServiceSouthern Methodist University School of Law1990
Outstanding ServiceState Bar of Texas Student Division1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
General CounselTexas Rio Grande Legal Aid, Inc.2012 - Present
Volunteer AttorneyTexas Low Income Housing Information Service2003 - 2011
Team Manager - Foreclosure DefenseTexas Rio Grande Legal Aid Inc2001 - 2012
Code Compliance Division ChiefCity of Dallas, City Attorney's Office1999 - 2001
Impact/Public Policy Section ChiefLegal Services of North Texas (now LANWT)1994 - 1999
Staff AttorneyHousing Crisis Center/Dallas Tenants' Assn1990 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
United States Court of Federal Claims Bar AssociationN/A2008 - Present
United States Supreme Court BarN/A2008 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth CircuitN/A2008 - Present
Poverty Law Section of State Bar of TexasMember2007 - Present
United States District Court for the Southern District of TexasN/A2003 - Present
United States District Court for the Western District of TexasN/A2003 - Present
United States District Court for the Northern District of TexasN/A1997 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A2011 - 2012
Texas Real Estate Commission - Committee on Broker ResponsibilitiesMember2010 - 2010
Texas Supreme Court - SB 1448 Task ForceMember2009 - 2009
State Bar of Texas, Housing Law Task ForceChair2006 - 2008
State Bar of Texas, Legal Services to Poor in Civil MattersCommitee Member2001 - 2002
Publication nameTitleDate
Foreclosure BuzzMultiple2011
Legal FrontKeeping Up With Housing -- One Perspective2009
Legal FrontNew Regs Coming (at page 23)2008
Legal FrontSurfing for Paris Hilton (and Limits on Refi Costs) at page 242007
Legal FrontHousing Thoughts2006
Legal FrontHousing Law Update2006
Legal FrontHB 1823 Affects Contracts for Deed and Lease Options2005
Legal FrontWhat are we doing about foreclosures?2003
Legal FrontI see carpetbaggers, and they don't know they are carpetbaggers2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southern Methodist UniversityN/AJD - Juris Doctor1990
Texas A&M UniversityN/ABusiness Administration1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Poverty Law ConferenceWraparound Mortgages2016
Poverty Law ConferenceCommunity Lawyering2016
Civil RIghts ClinicVoter ID2016
SBOT Poverty Law ConferenceIns and Outs of Working with Orgs2013
Texas Legal Services CenterEviction Procedure2012
SBOT Poverty Law ConferenceE-Filing and PDF Creation2012
National Legal Aid and Defender AssociationStrategic Use of Messaging and Media2012
National Legal Aid and Defender AssociationEstablishing State Level Policies and Procedures Around the National Mortgage Settlement2012
State Bar of Texas, Consumer and Commercial Law SectionForeclosure Defenses2011
Real Estate Journalism Conf - NAREEForeclosure Crisis2011
Poverty Law Conference - State Bar of TexasPracticing Law and Wellness2011
Poverty Law Conference - State Bar of TexasContracts for Deed2011
First Friday - Poverty Law Section SBOTLegislative Update: Housing2011
Austin Tenants' CouncilLandlord-Tenant Law Update2011
Annual Educational Seminar - Texas Mortgage Bankers AssociationRight or Wrong, What Will Get You Sued2011
ABA General Practice, Solo, & Small Firm Div.Selected Issues in Foreclosure Defense2011
Travis County Volunteer Legal Services - Foreclosure and Landlord/Tenant SeminarForeclosure Defense2010
Texas Housing Law Task Force (Houston)Mortgage Defense2010
Suing/Defending Lending InstitutionsTen Things Lender Lawyers Should Know2010
Senate International Relations and Trade Committee (Interim Hearing)Invited Testimony: Predatory Lending Practices on Texas Border2010
Senate Committee on Intergovernmental RelationsHOA Issues Affecting Homeowners2010
Senate Committee on Business & CommerceLoan Servicing Issues2010
San Antonio Bar Assn: Stopping Foreclosures: Debtor & Creditor PerspectivesLoan Servicer Abuse and Remedies2010
Poverty Law ConferenceAdvanced Foreclosure Defense Strategies2010
Corpus Christi Bar Assn LuncheonForeclosure Defense2010
Arkansas Poverty ConferenceImpact Litigation Strategies2010
Arkansas Legal Aid ConferenceState Foreclosure Defenses2010
Arkansas Foreclosure Defense PrimerState Foreclosure Defense Strategies2010
ABA General Practice, Solo, Small Firm ConferenceForeclosure Defenses for FHA Loans2010
UT Law - Public Interest Law AssnBorder Wall - In Defense of Property Rights2009
Texas Senate Committee on Intergovernmental RelationsInvited Testimony: Foreclosures and Predatory Lending Practices2009
Texas House Committee on Urban AffairsInvited Testimony: Foreclosures and Predatory Lending Practices2009
Texas House Committee on Pensions, Investments and Financial ServicesInvited Testimony: Foreclosures and Predatory Lending Practices2009
Housing Law Task ForceLegislative Changes2009
First Friday CLEProtecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act2009
Advanced Consumer and Commercial LawForeclosure Defense2009
TX Supreme Ct Hearing on Civil Legal Services for the PoorPoverty Law Section presentation (on behalf of Nelson Mock who could not attend)2008
Advanced Consumer and Commercial LawForeclosure Update2008
Texas Assn of Realtors, GalvestonTenant Perspective in Property Managment2007
Poverty Law ConferenceHousing Law Update2007
Poverty Law ConferenceContracts for Deed (and lease options)2007