I was a paralegal assistant for many years prior to becoming a lawyer. I attained advanced paralegal certifications, which I still possess. I still hold the Advanced Certified Paralegal (ACP) and Certified Paralegal (CP) credentials from the National Association of Legal Assistants.
I had always intended and desired to become a licensed attorney. My paralegal knowledge and experiences provided the optimal foundation for law school. I am an alumnus of the UTSA Paralegal Program, and have fond memories of my time as a student there.
I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice here at the downtown UTSA campus. I then enrolled in St. Mary’s Law School, graduated, and passed the Texas Bar.
I opened a solo law practice and focus on criminal defense and civil litigation. Approximately 1/3 of my practice is “pro bono,” meaning I do not charge for my services.
I have taught at the UTSA Paralegal Program for 3 trimesters now. I teach Criminal Law, and the Discovery process in civil litigation. I also oversee an important segment of the students’ writing assignments.
I like how the program is taught by practicing attorneys. So, the students receive a combination of theory and practical applications of the law. I also like how the program is meticulously and logically structured. It is created under the premise a student has no prior legal knowledge or experience. The students learn how to “crawl” before they can “run."