Legal Clinics Staff

MEET THE LEGAL CLINICS STAFF

  
Luz HerreraLuz Herrera
Associate Dean for Experiential Education
and Professor of Law
817-212-4​168
herrera@law.tamu.edu

Professional Profile

Luz E. Herrera is a Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Experiential Education at Texas A&M School of Law. Dean Herrera promotes entrepreneurial efforts to address the access to civil justice gap.

Before entering academia, Prof. Herrera ran her own practice and founded Community Lawyers, Inc., a non-profit organization that encourages access to affordable legal services and develops innovative opportunities for legal professionals in underserved communities. These experiences have influenced her scholarship that promotes legal “low bono” service delivery models and post-graduate support programs for lawyers starting their own law firms.

Dean Herrera currently serves as a special advisor for the American Bar Association’s Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities.

Prior to her current position, Dean Herrera was the Assistant Dean for Clinical Education, Experiential Learning and Public Service at UCLA School of Law. She has also taught as a visiting a visiting clinical professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, an assistant professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, a visiting professor at Chapman University School of Law and a Senior Clinical Fellow at Harvard Law School. In her various academic positions, Dean Herrera encouraged innovation and promoted access to justice through experiential learning.

Dean Herrera is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School.

Lori RogdeL​ori Rogde
Associate Director of Clinics and Special Programs
817-212-4​194
lrogde@law.tamu.edu
    

Professional Profile

Lori Rogde is currently the Associate Director of Clinics and Special Programs at Texas A&M University School of Law. Previously she served as Associate Director of Admissions. She began her career in higher education in admissions in 2002 as an Administrative Assistant. She graduated from Texas Wesleyan University with a B.S. and has a Masters in Management and Leadership with a focus on Organizational Development and Management from Tarleton State University.

Stephanie RomanStephanie Roman
Legal ​Secretary
817-212-4123

 

Professional Profile

Stephanie Roman is the Legal Secretary for the Texas A&M Legal Clinics. Prior to working at Texas A&M school of Law, she worked for seven years in the Tarrant County Clerk and District Clerk’s offices. Stephanie aspires to complete a degree in Criminal Justice. She is a huge sports fanatic and spend most of her free time at the baseball fields watching her son play.

Lynn-Rodriguez1Lynn Rodriguez
Clinic Supervisor and Staff Attorney
Family​ Law and Benefits Clinic, Veterans Project
817-212-4123
lfrodriguez@law.tamu.edu

Professional Profile

Since January 2016, Lynn Rodriguez has been Texas A&M University School of Law’s Veterans Project attorney in the Family Law and Benefits Clinic.  She is a 2004 graduate of Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, now known as Texas A&M University School of Law.  Lynn’s primary focus has been family law, probate, social security law, and Veterans’ issues.  Prior to joining Texas A&M University School of Law, Lynn was a partner for eight years in the Law Office of Ganoza & Rodriguez in Fort Worth, Texas.  At the beginning of her legal career, Lynn was a fellow in the Family Law Clinic at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, focusing on the protection and custody of children at risk of abuse and neglect through a grant from the United Way.

Karon RowdenKaron Rowden
Clinic Supervisor and Staff Attorney
Family​ ​Law and Benefits Clinic
817-212-4​1​23
krowden@law.tamu.edu

Professional Profile

Karon Rowden graduated from Austin College in 1987 with a major in Spanish and International Relations and a minor in French. After graduation, Karon went to work in the insurance industry for over a decade. In 1998 Karon began her legal studies in the night program at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law and graduated in 2001. Karon has been a supervising attorney in the Family Law & Benefits Clinic since 2005 where she has taught various components of the Law Clinic classroom component and supervised students. In addition to her teaching, Karon has presented at several continuing legal education seminars and regularly volunteers for various legal aid clinics. Karon enjoys spending time with her family, reading, photography, riding motorcycles, four-wheeling, canoeing, kayaking and camping.

Carlos RochaCarlos Rocha
​Program Coordinator II
​Low Income Tax Clinic
817-212-​4123
   

Professional Profile

Carlos Rocha is a federally-authorized tax practitioner who is licensed by the Internal Revenue Service to represent taxpayers before all administrative levels - examination, collection, and appeals. Carlos has client experience filing individual income tax returns for taxpayers and on resolving tax dispute matters with the IRS. He has a commitment to working with and on behalf of taxpayers who are low-income or speak English as a second language. He also has a financial planning background helping individuals proactively plan for the future by increasing financial awareness. Carlos is a graduate of UC San Diego.

Lisa SmithL​​isa Smith
Paralegal
Family ​​Law and Benefits Clinic, Immigrant Rights Clinic
817-212-4123

Professional Profile

Lisa Smith is the paralegal for the Family Law & Benefits Clinic and the Immigrant Rights Clinic for the Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Technology from the University of Houston. In 2002, she worked in the Law School library and after receiving her Paralegal certificate she started working in the Legal Clinic. She enjoys working with the students and watching them apply the book learning into first-hand experience with clients. Besides for work, Lisa plays the flute in a community band and is building a cabin in the mountains with her husband.