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Leah is proud to be of the fifth generation of a Galveston, Texas family. At a very young age, her family relocated north of Austin to Round Rock. Leah attended New York University where she received her bachelors of the arts in philosophy. In 2003 Leah began law school in San Antonio, Texas, at St. Mary’s School of Law. She was a member of the Board of Advocates and a staff writer for the “Scholar: St. Mary’s Law Review on Race and Social Justice”. Leah completed her final semester of law school at the University of Houston Law Center and received her Juris Doctorate from St. Mary’s in 2006.

 

Prior to her acceptance into the State Bar of Texas, Leah began her mission to serve the citizens of Harris County as an intern in the child abuse division of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. Leah was licensed in November 2006 and began her career as an assistant district attorney at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. She gained first-chair trial experience on cases such as murder, aggravated assault, aggravated robbery, aggravated sexual assaults of children and adults, and other misdemeanor and felony offenses.

 

After almost five years at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Leah left to start her practice defending the indigent. She focused on juvenile and adult felony criminal defense in Harris County. During that time she also was appointed as a guardian ad litem in CPS cases.

 

Leah served in the Juvenile Division of the Harris County Public Defender’s Office in from November 2011 through December 2018. She also worked as the defense attorney for the 178th District Court, Felony Mental Health Court, where she represented adults on felony probation with a mental health diagnosis. Leah is a founding member of Creating Acceptance Recovery Empowerment (C.A.R.E.) Court. C.A.R.E. Court works with victims of sex trafficking and their families as they rebuild their relationships and lives. As part of the program she works with the Harris County Probation Department, the YMCA, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, the Houston Police Department, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, and the Harris County Youth Advocates Program. Leah also started the Know Your Rights Campaign. She goes into the community educating the youth and citizens of Harris County about their individual rights when interacting with law enforcement. She is a member of the Harris County Dual Status Taskforce where she works with other organizations to improve the treatment of children involved in both the foster care and delinquency systems.

Prior to taking office, Leah sat on the board of Arms Wide Adoption Services. Arms Wide works exclusively with children in the custody of the State to find their permanent home. They assist families with navigating the adoption process and providing post adoption support. Leah also volunteered her time and was a member of the Houston Junior League for seven years.

Endorsements

Endorsements for candidacy to the 315th District Court:

  • AFLI-CIO COPE 

  • Baptist Ministers Association of Houston and Vicinity

  • Mexican Bar Association of Houston

  • EMPAC

  • Houston Association of Women Attorneys

  • Houston GLBT Caucus

  • Houston Lawyers Association

  • Texas Organizing Project

Experience and Education

Assistant Public Defender, Juvenile Division

  • Founding Member, C.A.R.E Court: Creating, Acceptance, Recovery, and Empowerment

  • Represent victims of human trafficking

  • Community Outreach: Know Your Rights Campaign

  • Member, Harris County Dual Status Youth Taskforce

  • Former Felony Mental Health Defense Attorney, 178th District Court

 

Private Defense Attorney

  • Guardian ad Litem

  • Indigent Juvenile Defense

  • Indigent Adult Defense

 

Former Assistant District Attorney, Harris County

  • Lead prosecutor on misdemeanor and felony trials

  • Testified before the Texas Senate Committee of Criminal Justice

 

Board Member: Arms Wide Adoption Agency

  • Provides services for foster families as they adopt from children in the foster care system

 

New York University, BA in Philosophy

St. Mary’s School of Law, Juris Doctorate