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The Criminal Practice Committee works to improve the practice of criminal law for young attorneys through substantive CLEs and networking opportunities to promote dialogue and strengthen relationships between lawyers, the judiciary, and the public. The Committee welcomes judges, public defenders, private defense lawyers, and prosecutors.

For more information or to join or collaborate with the Committee, contact co-chairs Aisha Dennis, Michael Mendoza, and Pati Limon de Rodriguez.  

2024-2025 Criminal Practice Committee Leaders:

Aisha Dennis

Michael Mendoza

Pati Limon de Rodriguez

Stephen Dockery

Brittny Mandarino

Lena Silva


The Houston Young Lawyers Association (HYLA) is a bar association of Houston young attorneys. Our membership consists of lawyers in their first twelve years of practice as of June 1, as well as law students. Our mission is to help our members learn, lead, network, and serve. Please check out our calendar for upcoming events, and our committees page to see how you can get involved!

(713) 224-4952  

Lucy Fisher Cain (281) 685-9929

P.O. Box 61208

Houston, Texas  77208

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